Car for Sale: 1994 Toyota Celica GT-4 WRC in Nearly Pristine Condition
Toyota, the company known Stateside for building everybody’s favorite fleet car, the Camry, looked to brush off its reputation as a boring automaker and, at the same time, prove to the world that it could not only make cars by the bucketload but also innovate and compete with the best in the arena of motorsports. Since the ‘80s, Toyota had been involved in the World Rally Championship and the advent of the Group A regulations that replaced the perilous Group B after 1986 was seen by Toyota executives as a great way to really get in the game with the Supra GT-Four. The ultimate version, known as the ST205, briefly competed before being banned and this is the road-legal version of that very car – albeit not in the bombastic Castrol livery.
What would you say about a 1994 Celica that cranked out over 250 ponies from the factory and came equipped with the WRC-specific water injection, sport manifold, and turbocharger anti-lag components installed? Granted, the anti-lag isn’t working and, as such, nothing keeps the turbo from spinning off-throttle but the components are there as are most of the aerodynamic upgrades applied to the Group A car driven at the time by the likes of Didier Auriol and Carlos Sainz: an elevated rear wing and the different hood. On top of that, Toyota only ever made 2,500 of these WRC Edition ST205s so it’s mighty rare, which is why Japanese Classics is asking $18,000 for the example it’s selling, one that’s been driven quite a bit. It shows 129,000 miles on the odometer, but otherwise presents itself in a very tidy shape given its age and mileage. The early Celica GT-Four models are now just old enough to satisfy the pesky 25-year rule for cars that weren’t originally sold in the US so you will see more pop up for sale here but WRC Edition examples will surely be few and far between.
Engineering Explained Cracks the Toyota Supra’s Engineering Wide Open
We know very well that the new Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4 are mechanically very similar under their quite different bodies. Aside from the design, probably the single biggest difference between them is the fact that one is only available as a fixed top coupé, while the other can only be had as a soft top roadster. But exactly how much the two cars are alike still seems to be up for debate, which is why Engineering Explained made this in-depth video, in order to help those who are still pondering whether or not to buy the new Supra.
With the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Starting at Less Than $60,000, is the 2020 Toyota Supra Even Relevant Anymore?
The Chevrolet Corvette just stepped into a new era with the C8 generation. Following seven generations of front-engined cars (spread over more than 60 years), Chevy redesigned the Corvette into a mid-engined supercar. That’s arguably the biggest news surrounding the new 2020 C8 Corvette, but it’s just as important that it will cost less than $60,000 in base form. That’s a mild increase compared to the outgoing 2019 C7 Corvette, which comes in at $55,900. At the same time, it’s less than $10,000 more expensive than the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Could this be bad news for Toyota?
TopGear got their hands on a 2020 Toyota Supra - we can’t believe how it ranks!
The Stig of TopGear took the new 2020 Toyota Supra around the TopGear test track. The results are in, and yes, we have underestimated the Toyota Supra. It is extremely fast.
Toyota Supra managed to lap the TopGear test track in 1 minute and 23.1 seconds. This is, honestly, astonishing. It makes the Toyota Supra quicker around the TopGear test track compared to cars such as the Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F430 Spider F1, and, most surprising (at least for me), the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale. In fact, the GT MC Stradale achieved the same lap time eight years ago despite two cylinders and 110 horsepower extra.
Toyota Could Get Access to BMW’s New, 503-Horsepower, S58 Inline-Six for the Supra GR, But Will It Happen?
The fifth-generation Toyota Supra is pretty powerful at 335 horsepower, but there’s definitely room for improvement. Will Toyota release a beefed-up version soon? We don’t know that yet, but we do know for a fact that it could. According to BMW, the Japanese firm could borrow a more powerful version of its 3.0-liter inline-six for the Supra.
Don’t Tease Us With This MR-2 Buzz, Toyota!
Now that the Toyota Supra has returned to our lives, would it be fair to ask if Toyota brings back the MR2 as well? Well, it looks like we don’t have to ask because there are already rumblings that the Japanese automaker is considering bringing back another one of its famous performance car nameplates. The MR2 may not have the same household name qualities as the Supra, but, for a time between the 1980s and the 2000s, the MR2 was just as big and as popular as its big brother. The lightweight, mid-engined sports car was Toyota’s go-fast go-getter, seamlessly slotting between the bigger Supra and what was Toyota’s pocket rocket at that time, the Celica. Rumors of the MR2’s return have floated around the ether for some time, but it now looks like there’s more to these rumors than we thought.
2019 Toyota Supra Drift By HKS (2JZ)
The 2019 Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS is a heavily modified Supra that will make its debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Built by HKS, a Japanese company known for modifying cars and selling aftermarket parts, this Toyota Supra looks like a full-fledged race car and drifts like no other fifth-generation Supra. The really cool thing is that it has a 2JZ-GTE engine under the hood instead of the Supra’s BMW-sourced mill.
Are you happy that the Supra is finally back but you’re also upset that it has a BMW engine? Are you crazy about the iconic 2JZ-GTE in the previous Supra? Well, this might be the car you’ve been looking for. It looks like the new Supra but it sounds and drifts like the old Supra. The bad news is that you can’t take it home. The good news is that you can see it in action at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
How Will Toyota Benefit From Mazda’s new RWD-Based Platform and Inline-Six Engine?
Toyota has found it quite frugal to partner up with different automakers to keep costs down while delivering amazing cars. If you’ve paid attention to what’s been going on, then I don’t have to tell you about the obvious benefits these partnerships have provided to Toyota over the past few years. I’m talking about, of course, about the Toyota 86 and the Supra, both of which probably wouldn’t exist – at least not at a reasonable price point – without Toyota’s partnership with Subaru and BMW. Now, it looks like Toyota is getting into bed with Mazda in hopes to make use of the brands upcoming RWD platform and new inline-six engine. But, what does this actually mean for Toyota? Will such a partnership lead to an all-new Toyota sports car? Could it lead to the rumored and highly-desired rebirth of the Toyota MR2 name? Or, will this partnership birth a Mazda-powered Lexus IS a little further down the road? This partnership could lead to any number of outcomes, and I’m going to explore what some of them might be.
A Second Dyno Test of the 2020 Toyota Supra Sets the Record Straight... or Does It?
Ever since Car and Driver strapped the Toyota Supra to a dyno late last month, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing on how much power actually comes out of the sports car’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine. C&D discovered that the Supra’s engine might actually produce more power than Toyota advertised. A few weeks later, Motor Trend did the same thing and arrived at the same theory. As advertised, Toyota says that the Supra’s turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine can produce 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at the crank. But as the results of these two independent tests showed, it seems like Toyota’s newest crown jewel is more powerful than we thought. Or is it? Either way, it’s hard to argue with the fact that since it debuted earlier this year, the Supra is still what everyone wants to talk about.
Someone Put the 2020 Toyota Supra on a Dyno and Toyota Lied Big Time
Imagine for a moment that Toyota lied to us. Imagine that Toyota was required by BMW to keep the advertised performance figures of the Supra below a certain level. After all, the BMW Z4 delivers 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and its Toyota equivalent couldn’t come close to that now, could it? Well, what if Toyota said “screw BMW” and secretly did right by its enthusiasts? Toyota Rated the Supra at 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque – at the crank. That means that by the time that power gets to the wheels, it’s been reduced by as much as 25 percent due to slippage and transitional losses in the transmission, driveshaft, and rear axle. So, at the wheels, the Toyota should lay down around 270-ish horsepower and around 300 pound-feet. Oddly, enough, the Supra is capable of more. A hell of a lot more!
Gazoo Racing is Breathing New Life into the MkIII and MkIV Toyota Supra in a Porsche-Approved Style
The all-new MkV Toyota Supra is all everyone is talking about these days. But soon enough, two of its predecessors, the MkIII and MkIV Supras, will grab slices of the headlines now that Toyota’s Gazoo Racing has announced plans to start up production of original parts for both models, as part of the GR Heritage Parts Project. The specifics on when, where, and what parts will be available will be announced at a later date, though if you own a MkIII or MkIV Supra, you’re not waiting for the information to arrive before you start celebrating. The important thing is your precious Supras can once again see the light of day with all original parts in tow.
2020 Toyota Supra - That BMW Engine is Really Crammed In There
Much has been said about Toyota and BMW’s relationship during their time developing the Supra and Z4 Roadster, respectively. Most people continue to lament the German automaker’s heavy involvement in the Japanese sports coupé’s development, though the truth, as is often the case, lies somewhere between what people think and what actually transpired. It’s true that BMW was heavily involved in certain aspects of the Supra’s development, including supplying a handful of important parts, including the one you’ll find when you pop open the Supra’s hood. Lift it up and you’ll see the sports car’s beating heart: a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, inline-six engine that looks like it was crammed in that space with very little room for anything else. It’s easy to look at this setup and see Bimmer’s fingerprints all over the Supra’s development, but the Supra is still more than just a Z4 Roadster wearing a different body and sporting a Toyota badge on it.