Remember the mid-1980’s Toyota Celica? I remember my dad borrowing one from a friend, the all-wheel-drive, turbo version, and driving it REAL hard through the city, while my friends and I squealed with delight in the passenger and back seat. Well, the 1986 Toyota Supra Turbo was built on the same platform, so a good one, although it was significantly changed; namely, the basic configuration went from a front-wheel drive to a rear-wheel drive, and the engine was completely different, too. Stylistically, the Supra Turbo was a big and heavy car, something that somehow hid its incredible nimbleness and surprising on-track success.
The Toyota Supra Turbo was certainly no blushing maiden, when it comes to performance! Fitted with a 3-liter, straight-six turbocharged engine that produced 232 horsepower, it was capable of a 0-60 run in as little as 6.5 seconds, with a 140 miles per hour top speed – that’s 225 km/h. Built as a showcase of Toyota technology, the Supra Turbo Mark III’s launch was actually delayed slightly until they could get their ducks in a row, to great success. A four-speed automatic transmission was offered for those who wanted the look, but not the trouble of driving stick. I’m betting – hoping – few took advantage of that option.
The Toyota Supra Turbo remained in production in that form until 1992, however the name, and the platform remained in production for another decade, with continued success.