It was not until 1986 that the Toyota Supra became a standalone model. Prior to that it was derived from the Celica with beefed up bodywork, but that would soon change. When the fourth generation series was unleashed in the early ‘90s, the Supra truly lived up to the meaning behind its Latin name, “go beyond.”
To that end, Toyota engineers went wild with creative ways to save weight. Aluminum body panels, A-arms and oil pans, a magnesium-alloy steering wheel and dished-out head bolts to name a few. How about hollow carpet fibers for an extra gram or two? Clearly, they were not messing around.
Of course, much of the mystique of the JZA80 Supra lies under that long, sweeping hood. Channeling the Toyota 2000GT halo car of the 60s, the 2JZ inline-six has become the stuff of legends. Particularly in twin-turbo form as with today’s example.
Laid out sequentially, those turbines offer a whopping 90% of available torque right around 2,000 rpm. When Car and Driver tested one, they discovered that the “…second turbo crashes the party with a bottle rocket of thrust at 4,500 rpm…” This thing was fast.
There is enough fascinating history behind these MKIV Supras to write a book, but you can tell just looking at it that these are special cars. In fact, when the current owner purchased the car new nearly 30 years ago, she was following her typical process of buying a new car every three years. However, this particular vehicle bucked that trend because it was just that good.