Inspired by the 4500 GT, which was essentially produced as a rolling laboratory and research car, the 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo was an exceptional car. It was the brainchild of Isao Tsusuki, its project manager, and was in effect an advanced, high-tech race car that could be an every day driver, something new in a car that had supercar-beating performance. Its design was also revolutionary, and without a shadow of a doubt one of the hottest cars ever designed in Japan, at the time. It featured large headlights and a massive, functioning rear wing, and on the inside an brilliantly executed wrap-around dashboard that was as ergonomic as it was stylish.
Beyond style and design, and even engineering, there’s one thing that has to be said about the Supra Turbo, and that defines it more than anything else ever will: it was fast. Brutally, violently fast. It was powered by a twin-turbocharged (sequentially) straight-six, 24-valve, 3-liter monster that produced 330 horsepower. It terms of top speed, the car was artificially restricted at 155 miles per hour, which is fast enough. It could blow to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds; that’s power that’s still impressive by today’s overpowered standards!
What was really incredible was that this awesome power was so well controlled that you could drive this car to work every day, easily and without complication, something that can definitely not be said of the supercars of the day. The 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo is a fast, beautiful and usable car, a triumvirate few can claim.