Legend of the Toyota Supra
A brief history of the japanese supercar killer
The Japanese supercar killer of the 20th century has attained legendary status among petrolheads around the globe. It wouldn’t be a long shot to say that if “God” had a garage of sports cars, the Toyota Supra would feature there as one of his top picks. Though rolling out of the factory floor, the Supra wasn’t the crazy supercar killer it became known to be. But the catch was that it was so invariably easy to extract walloping performance by the simplest of modifications. It could probably have something to do with the Japanese Gentleman Agreement in the 90’s to not exceed 300hp power output.
Motorcycle legend Barry Sheene drove the Mk2 Celica Supra in the British Saloon Car Championship
It was a clever move used by the Japanese manufacturers to release the car with a highly detuned engine so they could adhere to the Gentlemen’s Agreement, but anyone with half the skills and with a spanner could unleash the car’s true potential. This ability to convert the Supra to a totally different animal with the rather simple alterations made the car a true favourite among tuners. As a tribute to probably the most incredible car of the 80’s and 90’s, we look at the evolution of the first Supra a.k.a A40 to its formidable A80 with which the Supra name ended.
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