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2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition

2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition

Toyota pays tribute to the long-standing relationship between the Supra and the aftermarket tuning world

The Toyota Supra has arrived at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, and in true form, we’re not just talking about one Supra at SEMA. Nope. There are multiple Supras in attendance at SEMA, each wearing a different alter-ego. One of these models is called the Supra Heritage Edition. It’s the most subtle of the Supras in SEMA, but it’s also the one that we identify with the most. Part of the Supra Heritage Edition’s appeal is its connection to the aftermarket tuning world. Toyota created it as an homage to the tuning scene, something that past versions of the Supra were all very familiar with. Granted, the Supra Heritage Edition doesn’t boast any of the over-the-top madness that past custom Supras could claim, but as a celebration of the relationship between the nameplate and the aftermarket tuning scene, the Supra Heritage Edition is as good as it gets.

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2019 Toyota Supra Drift By HKS (2JZ)

2019 Toyota Supra Drift By HKS (2JZ)

HKS drops the iconic 2JZ-GTE engine in the fifth-gen Supra

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.

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2020 Toyota Supra - Driven

2020 Toyota Supra - Driven

The legend returns for round five

Toyota introduced the Supra nameplate back in the late ‘70s with the A40 Celica Supra. The second-gen A60 arrived in 1981, followed by the third-gen A70 in 1986, and the fourth-gen A80 in 1993. Unfortunately, following dwindling sales numbers and stricter emissions laws, the U.S.-spec A80 got the axe in 1998. Now, more than two decades later, this import performance icon is back for an all-new fifth generation. Unsurprisingly, the Supra has been subjected to nearly endless scrutiny from both the motoring press and the enthusiast public, but first-hand experience has been sorely lacking. Until now, that is. Toyota flew me out to Virginia to drive the 2020 Supra both on a racetrack and on the street, and I found out exactly what it brings to the table.

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Toyota 86 Limited Hakone Edition

Toyota 86 Limited Hakone Edition

This is a special edition 86 that I can get on board with

Seven years after arriving in the auto scene, the Toyota 86 is somehow still going strong. At the very least, it’s going strong enough to warrant more special edition models from Toyota. Don’t look now — well, you can look now, or you should look now — but the newest special edition 86 is on its way, and it’s named after Japan’s most famous stretch of highway. The new special edition sports coupé is called the Toyota 86 Hakone Edition, and, believe it or not, it’s actually available in the U.S. Details on pricing and availability have yet to be revealed, but the model does go on sale the U.S. this fall.

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2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

The Japanese manufacturer tries to sell this racer as merely a concept but it looks ready to hit the track to us

The Supra name has been in a close-knit relationship with racing for decades, and this tradition is bound to continue with the fifth-generation model. After announcing that the Supra will replace the Camry in NASCAR, Toyota now gives us a preview of what could be a very popular customer racing car: the Supra GT4, the company’s first factory-developed GT4 racer.

The GT4 class is the baby brother of GT3: cheaper and less complicated to operate while also pertaining to closer wheel-to-wheel action due to the limited aerodynamic dependency of the cars in comparison to the GT3s. That’s why GT4 is, nowadays, a booming class just like TCR is in the world of touring car racing. Still, that doesn’t mean they are cheap. A Mercedes-AMG GTG GT4, for instance, will set you back $227,000 while the Multimatic-built Ford Mustang GT4 costs in excess of $260,000 but you can also go for something cheaper like the [$179,000 Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4-art184037]. By comparison, any GT3 car is well over $400,000 to purchase.

In this context, the Supra GT4 might become a very interesting entry-level GT4 option as it’s based on a not-so-expensive platform - it’s no McLaren or Mercedes-AMG GT. It’s also an official project, and that means it has credibility on its side right out of the box. Until now, if you wanted to go GT4 racing in a Toyota, your only choice was the GPRM-developed GT86 GT4 which never really performed on par with its rivals. Things must change now that the Supra is just around the corner.

Update 3/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept that we took at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

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2019 Toyota 86 British Green Limited Edition

2019 Toyota 86 British Green Limited Edition

Toyota’s entry-level sports car never looked so good

The Toyota 86 will remain in our lives for the foreseeable future now that Toyota has confirmed plans to develop a next-generation model. But that isn’t coming until 2021. For now, Toyota is keeping the current-generation 86 fresh in our minds with the new British Green Limited Edition that’s available exclusively in Japan. The newest special edition 86 follows a similar blueprint as all the other special edition 86 models in the past. Most of the upgrades are aesthetic by nature, though there are a few performance bits added to compensate for the lack of an engine upgrade. Unfortunately, for us, at least, the 86 British Green Limited Edition is available only in Japan at a starting price of 3.318 million yen. Not that it matters to us, but that converts to around $30,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2019 Toyota Supra Launch Edition

2019 Toyota Supra Launch Edition

It’s not as special as the first-production model that fetched $2.1 million at Barrett-Jackson, but the Supra Launch Edition is unique in its own right

Like most new cars these days, the new Toyota Supra is coming with a first-off-the-line version called the Launch Edition. Based on the sports car’s Premium trim, the Supra Launch Edition sets itself apart from the standard Supra through a number of special details and exclusive touches. Only 1,500 units of the Supra Launch Edition will be available, all of which are earmarked for the U.S. market. The first-production Supra is included in the first 1,500 units. Unfortunately, no one’s going to get it anymore since it was already auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for a whopping $2.1 million. The Supra Launch Edition, on the other hand, starts off at just $55,250.

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2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Toyota Supra

The legend returns after more than two decades!

The fifth generation of the iconic sports car, the 2020 Toyota Supra, marked the brand’s return to the U.S. market after 21 years (and in Japan after 17). Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Supra Mk. 5 goes on sale for the 2020 model with a high-performance six-cylinder engine and Toyota’s latest technology. Unlike its predecessor, the fifth-gen Supra wasn’t developed in-house by Toyota. The coupe is the result of a long collaboration with BMW, from which Toyota borrowed the chassis, engines, and transmission. Together with its motorsport division, Gazoo Racing, Toyota designed the exterior, the cabin, and retuned the suspension system. The new Supra is also the first vehicle developed by Gazoo Racing to go global. These cars were previously restricted to the Japanese market.

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Toyota Will Finally Show Off the 2020 Supra at the Detroit Auto Show

Toyota Will Finally Show Off the 2020 Supra at the Detroit Auto Show

Detroit Motor Show just got “Lit as Supra”

It’s official. After years of anticipation, Toyota has finally announced that the new 2020 Toyota Supra will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2019. Toyota says that that the auto industry’s “worst-kept secret” is finally out, and production of the new Supra will begin in the first half of 2019.

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2020 Toyota Supra GR

2020 Toyota Supra GR

Is the souped-up Supra testing at the Nürburgring now?

There are images aplenty of the new Supra, but these days, Toyota’s been testing a race-prepped version of their new sports car at the Nordschleife which we think might be the mule for the upcoming sportier Supra.

With this occasion, we got a chance to get a little closer to the Supra, and we like what we see. For example, we got an eyeful of the interior, with the center stack lacking any sort of camouflage with the big infotainment screen on top of the central attraction. It all seems to be, apart from the racing wheel, pretty much stock, so there’s not much guesswork left to do about how the interior will look, given that some renderings of the interior and exterior were also leaked this week.

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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

New looks, better turns

The Toyota 86 is lovely little machine, offering the simple pleasure of a small, lightweight RWD coupe that’s still relatively affordable for the masses. We said as much in our Driving Impression review a few years back, and our opinion hasn’t changed - we’re still duly impressed by this car’s tossability and fun-loving attitude. Now, Toyota is offering a new limited-run TRD Special Edition, and it promises even sharper handling chops mated with an aggressive and unique aesthetic. And no - it doesn’t come with any extra power. So don’t ask.

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2018 Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

2018 Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

The iconic Supra is making a comeback!

Launched in 1978 as a sportier version of the Toyota Celica, the Supra quickly evolved into one of the company’s most celebrated models. Redesigned in 1981, 1986, and 1993, the Supra became a legend in the U.S. too, until imports were halted in 1998. The Supra nameplate was discontinued altogether in 2002 due to restrictive emissions standards. More than 15 years later, and Toyota wants to revive the name and spirit of the Supra with a modern sports car. First previewed by the FT-1 concept in 2014, the Supra is almost ready to go into production. Or at least this is what the GR Supra Racing concept shows at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show suggests.

Created by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s motorsport division, the GR Supra was developed to demonstrate the company’s "commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market." This is pretty much official confirmation that a new Supra is underway. The concept also shows the future potential for a car that can deliver "high performance both on road and track," so it’s safe to assume that a racing version is also underway. Meanwhile, the GR Supra Racing concept will be featured in a new update of the Gran Turismo Sport video game. Let’s find out more about this concept in the review below.

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2020 Toyota MR2

2020 Toyota MR2

Hey mister! Hey mister!

Originally produced between 1984 and 2007, the Toyota MR2 is a legendary little sports car, boasting a cult-like following and all the right stuff to make any auto enthusiast’s mouth water. Throughout the MR2’s 23-year career, Toyota ushered in three individual generations, consisting of the W10 between 1984 and 1989, the W20 between 1990 and 1999, and the W30 between 2000 and 2007. The name is a reference to the drivetrain layout (mid-engine, rear-wheel drive), while the “2” denotes the number of seats in the cabin. The original formula goes something like this – transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, sharp, responsive handling, very little weight, small exterior dimensions, and an affordable sticker. All told, the Toyota MR2 is a true-blue classic, a pure driver’s ride, like a compact Japanese Ferrari without the exotic price tag. And now it’s looking like Toyota might bring it out of retirement.

The speculation stems from a recent statement made by Gazoo Racing head Tetsuya Tada, who told Evo at the 2017 Geneva Show that he hopes to have “The Three Brothers” back in the Toyota lineup “as soon as possible.” In case you were wondering, those “brothers” include the Supra, the Celica, and the MR2, Toyota’s iconic ’90s-era performance machine trio. Word has it we’re inching closer to a reveal of the new Supra, and the current GT86 is a decent replacement for the Celica, but what about a new Mister Two? We got curious, so we drew up a rendering and put together a few theories.

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2017 Toyota 860 Special Edition

2017 Toyota 860 Special Edition

Hey look, it’s another special edition Toyota 86!

Ever since it arrived in 2012, the Toyota 86 has always been the sports car that had enough, but still left a lot of people wanting more. It’s the equivalent of a solid basketball team that’s one player away from being a true contender. Toyota knows all about this, but the measures by which it has addressed the issues of the 86 – never got more than an extra five horsepower in its life – has left the sports car in a continued state of just being “good enough.” Apparently, for the Japanese automaker, improvements come in the form of special edition models of the 86 and in the five years that it’s been around, it has had its fair share of SEs, including but not limited to the Blackline, the Yellow Limited, the Primo, and the Style CB. Now, we have the 860, the latest in a long line of special edition 86s that counts special trim and upgraded equipment as its two biggest selling points.

Say what you will about Toyota’s hesitance in ratcheting up the 86’s power and performance capabilities, but you can’t deny that the company isn’t trying to create plenty of differentiation for the sports car.

So what exactly can we expect from the 86 “860” Special Edition? Well, if you’re a fan of cosmetic upgrades and a spruced up interior that carries a long list of shiny new equipment, then you might want to stick around and see what Toyota has with its latest special edition 86. Remember, even without the extra power that we’ve long craved for, the 86 is still a good option for an entry-level sports car, provided of course that you get a trim that suits your style. With the 860 Special Edition, you’re going to get your fill of new additions. The only question is whether these additions are enough to make you want to pay extra for the chance to own the newest special edition 86 to come out of Toyota.

I’ll be honest; it’s hit or miss. But if somebody ends up liking, we’re not going to stop them from making that dive.

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2017 Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited

2017 Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited

Once again, it’s exclusive to the Japanese market in limited quantities

It seems like we’ve been down this road before, doesn’t it? A special edition Toyota 86 that’s exclusive to the Japanese market is nothing new and yet, as often as our friends in Japan get these limited edition 86s, we haven’t had as much luck in that regard. In any event, a new limited-run Toyota 86 is fresh from the oven over there in Japan, and it’s promising, among other things, improved braking, sharper handling, and a special edition paint color. It’s called the Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited and yes, it’s not coming to the States.

The upgrades themselves didn’t turn the 86 Solar Orange Limited into a full-blown performance car, but in the technical sense, they helped create a better driving experience for those who are willing to spend the money for the car. In a lot of ways, it’s similar to past special edition 86s that have made their way into Japan, including the 86 Yellow Limited and the curiously designed 86 Style CB. The latter is arguably the most unique of the three examples, but the Solar Orange limited is different too in some respects. The Creamsicle paint finish, for example, is exclusive to this edition, as is Toyota’s new High Performance package, which adds a number of functionally useful components that help improve the 86’s overall driving and handling experience.

Toyota didn’t say how many examples of the 86 Solar Orange Limited it plans to build, opting only to say that pricing starts at 3,251,880 yen for the manual transmission model and 3,318,840 yen for the automatic transmission model. Based on current exchange rates, those prices convert to around $29,400 and $30,000, respectively. Interested customers have only between January 31 to March 10, 2017 to place their orders, after which Toyota will likely stop production to retain its overall exclusivity.

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2017 Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-Cup

2017 Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-Cup

Toyota brings race-spec 86 to SEMA, takes it back to Japan for one-make series

The Toyota GT86 — also known as the 86 in North America and Asia — was launched in early 2012 as a two-door sports car of fairly compact dimensions. The result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, the coupe was originally sold under three brands: the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S (the latter was discontinued in 2016). The sports car is available with just one engine, a 2.0-liter boxer provided by Subaru, the same company that manufactures the GT86 in Japan. Received with great enthusiasm and awarded with several titles in 2012, the GT86 was criticized in recent years for the lack of drivetrain upgrades and a turbocharged engine. Although Toyota gave the GT86 a mid-cycle facelift for 2017, the drivetrain carried over unchanged save for the additional five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque added by the revised manual transmission.

At the 2016 SEMA Show, Toyota finally unveiled a more powerful version of the GT86, dubbed CS-Cup, developed by its Motorsport division. However, the vehicle wasn’t designed as a road-going production model, but for a one-make racing series in Japan. What’s it doing at the SEMA Show, you ask? Well, the company said it "wanted to bring it here to inspire, innovate, and excite." Needless to say, the CS-Cup arrival on U.S. soil was pretty exciting, but it quickly became upsetting at the thought that Toyota still doesn’t want to give us a higher performance model.

We can still dream though...

Back to car in question, the CS-Cup is the third race-spec GT86 is a series of vehicles that came to life in 2012, when Toyota Motorsport launched the CS-V3 VLN. It was followed by the CS-R3 rally car in 2015, and now the CS-Cup. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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2017 Toyota 86 – Driving Impression And Review

2017 Toyota 86 – Driving Impression And Review

So much fun, it should be illegal

What’s it take to create a car for “enthusiasts?” What are the ingredients? Truth be told, there are plenty of four-wheeled recipes out there if you wanna stir up some excitement, but sometimes, what you really need is that classic combo of two doors, power in the rear, low weight, and faultless poise in the twisty bits. Considered traditional fare amongst those with a taste for gas-powered adrenaline, modern interpretations usually carry a price tag that’s out of reach for most. Not so with the 2017 86. Toyota frames it as an affordable sport compact coupe engineered for switchbacks rather than straightaways, taking aim at the kind of person who lives for canyon runs rather than stoplight drags. Tossable, controllable, and above all, fun – these are the things that make this kind of car go, and thankfully, Toyota hasn’t strayed from the original recipe.

I recently got a chance to drive the 2017 86 in its native environment – winding, deserted two-lanes stretching towards some far-flung mountaintop. But the question is this – will the new 86 satisfy, or leave a bitter taste in your mouth?

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1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT

1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT

The first Japanese Supercar

Currently the biggest carmaker in the world, Toyota is mostly known for its family sedans and capable SUVs. But in recent decades, the Japanese have built themselves a solid name in sports car manufacturing and racing through vehicles such as the Celica, Supra,, GT 86, the Le Mans-prepped TS lineage, and the Lexus LFA. Five decades ago, however, Toyota was still had the sober image of an econobox carmaker. This changed with the tiny Sports 800 in 1965, and, two years later, with the 2000GT, widely regarded as the first Japanese supercar.

Initially designed for Nissan by Yamaha, the project was adopted by Toyota after the Yokohama-based company refused the idea and started working on what would become the Fairlady Z (Datsun 240Z). Realizing how the bold two-seat design would change its image globally, Toyota immediately approved the program. Production began in 1967, when the 2000GT would revolutionize Japan’s view on the automotive industry, with a sports car to rival offerings from the more famous European marques.

The 2000GT was built for only three years and in just 351 units, but its impact was huge. It was not only the first supercar to come from Japan, but also the only Japanese car to have been featured prominently in a James Bond film. Also, it is the most expensive Asian car ever sold at auction as of 2015.

Updated 08/22/2016: Gooding & Company brought a fully restored 1967 Toyota 2000 GT at a auction event in Pebble Beach during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check out the "Prices" section to see for how much it was sold and the "Pictures" tab for some shots taken during the event.

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2017 Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86

The 2017 Toyota 86 comes intact with a mild price increase

With the exception of the soon-to-be-released, limited production, Scion tC Release Series 10.0, and one final display at the New York Auto Show, Scion is pretty much history. Even though the brand will be no more, some of its cars will live on. The most exciting of the bunch – the Scion FR-S – will now wear a Toyota badge. The name is also changing, moving away from FR-S. Rather. The car is going to live on as the Toyota 86, and we’ve just received the first official information and images of the new 86, along with confirmation that it will debut at the New York Auto Show along with the Toyota C-HR Concept.

Toyota Division Group Vice President, Bill Fay, said, “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.” He continued, “Enthusiasts have a strong association with the front-engine, rear-drive heritage of the ‘hachi-roku’ and the dynamic performance it offers.”

So, will the 86 be all show and no go like the FR-S, or will Toyota step its game up and make the 86 the driver’s car it should be? Well, Toyota did mention some upgrades, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that. The Toyota 86 will hit Dealership showrooms this fall, but before then – and before its debut in New York – let’s take a good look at the pre-release materials that Toyota sent our way.

Update 08/22/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Toyota 86. Check out the "Prices" section below for details.

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2016 Toyota GT 86 By Street FX

2016 Toyota GT 86 By Street FX

Makes other tuning programs look tame by comparison

When Toyota released the GT 86 in 2012, there was one notable complaint about it. As awesome as it looked, its 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine didn’t leave a lot to the imagination. In other words, it felt underpowered and owners of the car had to go to the aftermarket route if they wanted to get more out of the 2.0-liter engine. Well, a lot of owners have done just that, including Australian tuner StreetFX, which cooked up a plan to replace the sports car’s stock four-cylinder engine with a 3.8-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine belonging to none other than the Nissan R35 GT-R,. The goal, according to StreetFX, was to make this GT 86 that it’s preparing for its owner Mark Trueno the first of its kind to have an output in excess of 1,000 horsepower.

Those numbers don’t lie; that’s really what Street FX is shooting for. It’s ambitious, but history has shown that ambition is nothing compared to a tuning firm that’s determined to see its work through. That’s what we get here as Street FX is turning no stone unturned in accomplishing its objective.

Like most project cars, the development of this GT 86 follows a long and complicated history. Even before the decision to switch the engines was made, StreetFX had already made modifications to the sports car’s four-cylinder engine, squeezing out 545 horsepower in the process. But as is the case with people who don’t settle, Trueno thought that he could get more out his already potent GT 86 by taking out its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replacing with the GT-R’s twin-turbo V-6 on top of all the modifications that came after that.

The car’s tuning is not done yet and I can imagine that there will be more upgrades in place before Street FX finally celebrates its completion. In the mean time, let it all sink in. A Toyota GT 86 that can produce more than 1,000 horsepower is delightfully absurd in every which way imaginable.

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