The sudden death of actor Paul Walker came as a massive shock to all of us. Popularly known as Brian O’Connor, his contribution to the Fast & Furious series will always be cherished in the hearts of his friends, family and fans alike.
Walker played the character of an undercover cop turned road racer in the movie and starred alongside Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto). The first installment of the movie featured some of the greatest tuner cars of the 1990s and one such car that caught everyone’s attention was the MK IV Toyota Supra.
One of the most famous scenes in the movie was the drag race between the Supra (driven by Paul Walker) and Vin Diesel in his 1970 Dodge Charger R/T , which nearly ended in a dead heat, but not before some intense high-speed action involving a freight train at a railroad crossing and some serious air time.
We take a look at the orange Toyota Supra that rose to fame thanks to its role in the The Fast and the Furious.
Click past the jump to read more about the MK IV Toyota Supra Turbo
How hot is the Toyota Supra on the internet, even a full 15 years since it was last produced? Along with googling ‘Amanda Bynes’ and a few other search engine phishing lures, the Supra is still a dangerous thing to discuss and search for online.
What do we mean? Well, when researching this article, we were cruising some very strange parts of the internet to gather all these image assets.
When doing so, even my normally-silent anti-virus and security programs went bananas, blocking things and demanding updates and directions on next steps.
Far more than Japan’s first rear-drive, straight-six supercar with a twin-turbocharged engine: the Supra is still competing and winning on race tracks and show circuits all over the world in 2013.
Heavily modified and often with more crash damage than Lehman Brothers, the Supra’s that are left are terrifying night-stalkers capable of pushing 900 horsepower.
The looks will define the Supra’s importance as a halo car. And locked lips from Toyota have not stopped the world’s Supra fanatics from rendering their own speculative Supra concepts.
In partnership with BoldRide, TopSpeed is thrilled to share this latest set of Supra renderings.
In black with some familiar features about the rear wing in particular, these are very unique and exciting compared with the Bullfinch mystery render and Toyota’s own white FT-HS concept.
Click past the jump to get a closer look at these BoldRide renders, or also a re-cap of some other quite surprising outside proposals for the next Toyota Supra.
The eagerly anticipated sports car tie-up between BMW and Toyota is set to take on a life of its own after reports have circulated that the two companies are currently in the process of developing as many as five concept versions to determine which one they will present to the public.
This leads us to assume two things: BMW and Toyota both have a whole lot of time on their hands or the two automakers are determined to shake up the auto industry with this sports car .
We’re inclined to believe the latter because the industry has dictated that everybody should be on their toes when building new vehicles. No pansies allowed, so they say. That’s why we believe BMW and Toyota are hunkering down and are determined to see this joint project through and through.
Drive indicated as much when it quoted a handful of BMW employees that the two companies are working on "four, five, or six" different proposals.
This then leads to the rather exciting speculation about what kind of car BMW and Toyota are building together. Is it just going to be a traditional front-engined sports car? Or should we prepare ourselves for something completely out of left field, like, say, a mid-engined supercar ?
To the credit of the quoted BMW employees, even they don’t know what its going to be.
There are so many questions that need to be answered, that much we’re sure, but what we can tell you right now is that the tie-up between the two brands will give birth to two distinct models.
Could it be that the long rumored return of the Supra is in the horizon?
Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Supra
Toyota ’s incoming chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada announced in a recent interview that he will like that the new sports car developed in partnership with BMW to be a mid-sized vehicle, similar to the discontinued Supra. Not only would a Supra-like vehicle sell like mad, but he also wants to avoid building a car that overlaps the new GT 86 , which was built in cooperation with Subaru.
Uchiyamada considers that making something similar to the GT86 can be “futile,” but the final decision is left to the engineers responsible for developing the future sports car. If Toyota decides to revive the “Supra” nameplate, one that lasted from 1979 through 2002 , then it would be to massive fanfare from Supra enthusiasts, which would give it an instant leg-up on the competition.
What we do know so far is that the new sports car will be built on a heavily modified version of the GT86 platform and will likely be powered by an in-line four-cylinder engine from BMW. The engine will be offered by both companies in naturally aspirated, supercharged and turbocharged versions.
The Toyota Supra was one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars ever built for the U.S. In its final generation, the famed Toyota bordered on supercar numbers and appearance, leaving a lasting impression on car nuts everywhere. While the final generation of the Supra is well studied and understood by most novice tuners, only true car nuts and Supra enthusiasts really know about the earlier generations.
You see, the Supra actually dates all the way back to 1979 when Toyota decided it needed something that could give the popular Z-cars a run for their money. With this decision, Toyota took its resident sports coupe, the Celica, stretched it out a little, added in a slightly more powerful engine and called it the Celica Supra.
As time went on, the Supra gained more popularity and Toyota wanted to convert the Celica to a front-wheel-drive vehicle. This brought about the deletion of the “Celica” prefix, leaving just the Supra. This name change was the springboard to success, as the Supra steadily became faster car up until its elimination from the U.S. market in the late-1990s.
Now with rumors circulating about a possible MK V Supra , we figured it is time to present you a full historical review of the U.S.-spec Supra model.
When it comes to the possible Toyota Supra successor, we have heard all kinds of rumors, including the possibility that it may be all-electric. Now, MotorTrend magazine has some different rumors for us: they suggest that the new Supra will be in fact a hybrid sports coupe.
The new Supra may be the result of the new cooperation between Toyota and BMW , and will be built on the Toyota GT86 platform which could also be used for the BMW Z4 successor. While the GT86 uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the new Supra could use a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine with an output of about 400 horsepower, while a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid powertrain is still a possibility.
On the exterior, the new Toyota Supra will be inspired by the FT-HS hybrid concept car unveiled at the 2007 Detroit auto show.
The new Supra is expected to be unveiled late in 2017, and a first concept version may be announced this year at the Tokyo Motor Show.
We have heard all kinds of rumors about the potential of a new Toyota Supra. The latest one, which comes from The Detroit Bureau, is that the new Supra may be an all-electric model.
Apparently, this rumor was started by Tetsuya Tada — chief engineer on the Scion FR-S program – during his interview with Asia One. According to Tada, Toyota will be offering successors for both the Supra and the MR-2 , with the most expensive one being the one offered first. However, both will arrive in the next five years.
Tetsuya Tada tried to keep quiet on the powertrains used for the two models, but he did indicate that Toyota "will become more experimental." He pointed out that Toyota may be using Tesla to provide a battery-based drivetrain for a new Supra. In fact, the Japanese company is developing a 3-Series competitor that would make use of the same flexible platform found in the Model S.
We’ll find out if the next Supra is going to be offered with an electric powertrain in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!
For the most part, when you get together a big group of tuners – we mean real tuners, not some dude that throws 500 lbs of plastic and chrome on his ride and calls it a “tuner” car – there are several clear divides. One of the biggest divides is between the Nissan group and the Toyota group. As the No. 2 and 3 import tuner cars, respectively, there is no love lost between them. In real life they respect each other – for the most part – but under the hood, they despise one another.
This is why you never see a Nissan-meets-Toyota kind of monster build. You’ll see domestic engines in Hondas and vice versa, but you never ever see someone take a Nissan car and drop a Toyota powerplant in it. Well, until now!
Steven Mills, in collaboration with ISS Forged and Tech 2 Motorsports, decided, like many others in the world, that the VQ35 engine found in his 350Z was not up to snuff, even with a wide array of mods. So he yanked it out and dropped in a Nissan powerplant. Oh, you would like to know what engine he swapped it out for. You will be surprised, we are sure of it.
Click past the jump to find out about the engine and read our full review.
Tuning firms have always loved customizing Toyota Supra’s from the mid-90’s, and there are literally dozens of Supra’s roaming U.S. streets with in excess of 1,000 horsepower. The silver unit is no exception to that rule, except for the fact that it lives in chilly Sweden.
In a short two and half minute video, producers gathered the insane aforementioned Supra with a group of Supermoto motorcycles and let them loose on some Swedish roads in Västerås, approximately 62 miles from Stockholm.
We’ve seen similar videos on numerous occasions, where high performance sports cars drive and drift around public roads, but this one takes the crown for stupidity. It seems the roads remained open for public use during filming, and drifting a car with as much power as this Supra obviously poses numerous health and safety issues. Combine that with a half a dozen high performance motorcycles, and you seemingly have a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully however, no incidents were reported during filming, but the mysterious appearance of a police car in the closing seconds of the video begs the question as to if the hooligans were fined and reprimanded in any way.
Whatever happened after the director said cut doesn’t really matter, as you can still check out the video above.
People are talking about a successor for the legendary Toyota Supra for quite some time now. That car has been up and down for so many times that we have lost count! And now, new rumors suggest that the car is back in the pipeline and that it could arrive in showrooms by late 2015 for less than $60,000.
The new model, unlikely to carry the Supra name, will take its design inspiration from the 2008 FT-HS concept and will be built on the chassis of the GRMN MRS prototype. It is believed it will adapt an all-wheel-drive system and will generate about 400 HP. This will be possible thanks to a 3.5 liter V6 engine driving the rear wheels combined with in-wheel electric motors for the front ones. The engine will be mated to a CVT lifted from the new Lexus RX, but tuned for higher performance.