What makes this ’10-Second Car’ a Cult Classic?
Toyota Supra MkIV is one of the most popular JDM cars. This High-Performance beast from Toyota is very popular in the market. Recently, a 1994 Supra was sold at the auction for $121,000 USD. Collectors are really crazy for clean, well-preserved models of this car.
What Started as a ramped-up version of the Toyota Celica, has gained its own fan-following over decades. That’s why fans went crazy when Toyota announced the next-gen Supra. Today we will check the factors that contribute to give the MkIV Supra its cult following:-
Toyota Supra MkIV: Forever Legendary
Toyota Supra MkIV : Iconic Design
Toyota went back to the 2000GT design roots while designing the A80 Supra. This decision turned to be right as fans loved the fresh design. It also lost 100-200 kg weight in comparison to its predecessor. There was an optional Targa roof. Also, who can forget the interior that looked like the cockpit of a fighter jet? The design of MkIV is so popular that after the 2020 model’s release, fans were angry stating that the iconic design lines are somewhat absent.
Toyota Supra MkIV : Engine Options
But what really made the Toyota Supra popular are its engines. Those are kind-of legendary in itself. The 2JZ engines are part of Toyota’s JZ engine series. These engines are extremely popular with tuners. It is easy to work on and its mod compatibility makes it one of the best engines on the market. The MkIV Supra comes with two engine options, the naturally-aspirated 2JZ-GE engine and a twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE engine.
Toyota Supra MkIV : Ultimate Performance
The naturally-aspirated option provides a power output of 220 HP and a torque of 285 Nm. While the twin-turbo option makes 276 HP and 431 Nm of torque. For the export model, Toyota upgraded the Supra Turbo’s engine which now generated 321 HP and 427 Nm of torque for the American model. The European model generates 326 HP and 441 Nm of Torque. The turbo variant can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4.6 seconds. Its top speed is 257 kmph.
Toyota Supra MkIV : Heritage
The Toyota Supra MkIV received the best braking performance of any production car tested in 1997 by Car and Driver magazine. It is also famous for starring in the Fast and Furious franchise. Supra has competed in various motorsports events like Le Mans and Japan GT Championship. It stars in the roster of various racing video games. Most notable is the Supra that blacklist #13, Victor ‘Vic’ Vasquez owns in 2005’s Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
Toyota Supra MkIV : Verdict
The production of MkIV Toyota Supra stopped in 2002 due to strict emission standards. In its short lifespan, it has gained a cult status. It is the dream car for many. Back in its day, it used to compete with cars like Honda NSX, Nissan 300ZX and Mazda RX7. Now, the newly launched GR Supra (though the base platform is BMW) is sure to keep this legacy of its predecessor alive. Only time will tell where the marque heads next. But nonetheless, the MkIV Supra will retain its legendary status in car history…
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