Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Campbell Street Sighting - 1993 Toyota Supra
With the fourth generation Supra came the famous 2JZ inline six engine from the Toyota Soarer and Lexus SC300. This model was sold from 1993 until 1998 in the US. The new car was available with twin turbochargers, an aluminum targa roof panel, big rear spoiler and 17-inch wheels. Turbo cars could be had with a Getrag six-speed manual, still an uncommon feature in cars of the early '90s. This Supra was an advanced platform engineered for light weight and a near perfect 51/49% front/rear weight distribution for balanced handling. Turbo models were understandably more front-heavy but still managed 53/47 distribution. The automatic transmission option added only 55 lbs. The car had some of the best brakes on the market, setting and holding Car & Driver Magazine's record for 70-0 mph braking for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.
Today you can again buy a Toyota Supra. You can still get it with a 3.0 liter turbo inline six, but this time the engine and basic chassis come from BMW and no stick is offered. The 8-speed ZF automatic makes short work of acceleration though. I'm torn on the new car. It's ridiculously quick, faster than the old Supra Turbo. But it just doesn't do anything for me. There's something comforting about the simple, sculpted curves of a '90s car. The new one is so complicated and fussy that I feel like something got lost in translation. Perhaps one day it will also become a modern classic. But I also think that these Mk IV Supras will only continue to go up in value.
Photographed July 2018