We’re starting a new series in which we feature cool cars, and what could be a better one to start with than the Toyota Supra! Read more about it here, mainly about the A80 (fourth-generation) Supra and the car that’s somehow found itself stretched between two carmakers, which in turn has led to fans shying away from it, the latest Toyota Supra (A90; fifth-generation).
Toyota launched the MK4 Supra way back in 1993 with the legendary 2JZ engine in various states of tune. The 2JZ is a 3-litre in-line six-cylinder engine introduced in the MK4 model in 2 variants: a naturally aspirated Toyota 2JZ-GE having a power output of 220 hp and a twin turbocharged Toyota 2JZ-GTE having a power output of 276 hp for JDM models and up to 320 hp for export models. The turbocharged variant could accelerate to 100 kmph (96 mph) in as low as 4.6 seconds and boasted a tested top speed of around 285 kmph. These are respectable numbers even today 25 years later and keep in mind these are from a stock car!
The 2JZ was a tuners’ dream and over a period of time built a reputation for being strong and reliable for serious power tuning. Many aftermarket tuners made high quality parts for the 2JZ that made 700 bhp builds quite common and reliable 1000 bhp builds were possible in the right hands — and that wasn’t the limit, either. Going forwards, the A80 Supra was also immortalised by Paul Walker’s orange car in the first edition from the The Fast and the Furious film franchise. But then in 2002, Toyota stopped production of the MK4 Supra with no immediate plans for a successor.
A new hope
In 2014, Toyota teased the Supra successor with the FT-1 concept car unveiled in the North American International Auto Show. Following that and after much speculation (and half a decade later), the fifth-generation A90 Supra was launched in early 2019 to mixed responses from the hardcore Supra fans and car guys for ‘BMW-fying’ their Supra. For those who don’t know, the new Supra is based on the BMW Z4 and both share almost all the running gear. The Supra is powered by two BMW-sourced engine options: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (available in Japan at the moment) or a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine. The 3L motor called the B58 began production in 2015 and is used in many BMW models right from the F20 M140i to the G07 X7 40i luxury SUV in various states of tune.
Since the new car’s launch the B58 engine has got a lot more interest from the tuner community and one such firm, Papadakis Racing, based in California, believes the B58 motor has enough potential to keep the enthusiasts happy and has set out to build a 1000 hp Supra. Here is a detailed 3 part video series from their youtube channel documenting all their findings:
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