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Ten reasons we need a new Toyota Supra

  1. THE NUMBERS

    How they laughed at the misprints when the Mk IV Supra launched back in ‘93 - 326bhp, 156mph, 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, and just £37,500. That was quicker than a Ferrari 348TS. And for the same money, you could buy an auto Supra to commute to work in, and a manual for the weekends. Thing is, they weren’t misprints…

  2. A SERIOUS RACER

    Beyond the Dominic Toretto school of racing - in which it also performed superbly (Suprarbly?) - the Supra won its class in the Swiss Mountain Races, finished 14th at Le Mans, zipped up Pikes Peak, was competitive in American SCCA racing, and became a dominant force in the All-Japan GT Championships (JGTC) from 1995 to 2003.

  3. IT CAN BE A 10-SECOND CAR

    The Supra is a seriously, seriously tuneable thing. The twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE engine was beamed in from the bulletproof Japanese straight-six dimension (other residents include the Nissan Skyline R32/R33 sixer), so it can be tinkered to produce more than 1,000bhp. Don’t believe us? Click here. And here. And here. As Toretto would have it, just pop the hood, throw in some overnight parts from Japan (just put it on your tab at Harry’s) and you’ll have yourself a ten-second car.

  4. THE CABIN

    The interior’s just like a single-seat racer - there’s a hoop of instruments, and they’re all angled at the driver. Also, the rev counter’s massive and in the middle, just like you’d find on an old Porsche 911.

  5. IT'S RELATED TO THE 2000GT

    Kind of… Trace the front-mounted six-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive Grand Tourer bloodline back through Toyota history, and you’ll end up at the 2000GT. Which is, obviously, brilliant.

  6. HANDLING

    Unlike it’s Japanese hyperloon contemporaries (Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX), there weren’t any four-wheel drive or four-wheel steer gimmicks to be seen. It followed page one, chapter one of the petrosexual guidebook to the letter - engine in the front, gearbox in the middle, and driven wheels at the back. Making sure it didn’t end up smeared along a bus stop was entirely down to the soft, fleshy bit in-between the steering wheel and seat.

  7. LIGHTWEIGHT CARPET

    Toyota took weight saving seriously on the Supra. It got an aluminium bonnet, aluminium front crossmember, aluminium oil and transmission pans, and aluminium suspension upper A-arms. There was also a magnesium-alloy steering wheel, plastic petrol tank, and gas injected rear spoiler. Even the carpet fibres were hollow to save weight. That lot conspired to a 91kg weight reduction compared with its predecessor. More than 100kg lighter in non-turbo form.

  8. POWER DELIVERY

    The Supra had a twin-turbo setup that ran in sequence, which ironed out the turbo lag common to most other abnormally aspirated Japanese engines. 90 per cent of peak torque was available all the way from 1300rpm to 4500rpm, before you were cut short at 156mph.

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  9. BECAUSE YOU LOT LOVED IT

    From April 1978 to July 2002, total production of the two Celica Supra and strict Supra generations stood at 593,337 units. OK, so the Fiesta sold 113,417 in the UK last year alone, but for a niche Japanese superthing, that’s bloomin’ impressive.

  10. IT KEPT TOYOTA COOL

    Remember when Toyota meant something other than Prius and Avensis? Something that wasn’t middle of the road, but rather all over it, then in the fast lane? OK, so there’s the superb GT86, but there’s also a big, aspirational hole in the line-up. A hole that used to be filled by the Supra - a car that did 200mph down the A1, won on Sunday, sold on Monday, and sustained tuning industries across the globe. The wreckless yin to the reliable yang. Build a new one immediately, Toyota. For both our sakes.

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