This thing has been a gem. Great handling. I don't just mean 1G cornering, I mean predictable handling near the limit. Excellent power, especially with a few minor modifications (400+hp is literally $100 away). Reliability has been...impressive. This is a 23 year old car and nothing expensive has broken on it ever.
Downsides? Um...no cup holders, questionable rear seating (2 small children or two adults with no legs), somewhat dodgy electrics (after 23 years)
I purchased my Supra when it was 5 Years old. It is now 17 years old and I love it just as much today and I did on the day I drove it home. My car is slightly past BPU, but the key to increasing HP, is to also increase the things affected by the increase. (Brakes, Suspension, Fuel delivery, air intake). I only mention this to say in 1993.5, this car was world renowned for its performance. As a stock auto, it ruled! I have had many sports cars over the past 17 years, and none compares to the satisfaction I get when I drive my Supra.That includes my stock 500 BHP Exotic. I hope Toyota never brings out another model with the Supra name, let's celebrate their rule as "King of the road.
I absolutely love everything about this car. Ease of performance increases/Timeless body/Ahead of its time-performance and ingenuity.
I suggest that someone truly captures the essence of this automobile and create a standard (Street Value$$) for "Hard-to-Find" cars like this that are tried and true and proven to be reliable and worthy. We have street values for antique autos, why not cars that are equally worthy like the SUPRA!
This car is by far one of the most entertaining cars I have owned. From the minute you sit in the drivers seat and everything just fits perfectly. The dash was clearly made for the drivers ease at mind. The exterior design was the pinnacle of its time and to this day makes it one of the most sought after sports cars. On the performance note, the car handles exceptionally well. The power that the N/A makes is plenty enough to get you around the mountains and the Turbo model is simply, fun. For the tuners out there, there are few better platforms. After all, how often to many platforms put out 800+ horsepower on stock internals? I will be buying another one soon!
Honestly, my favorite feature is the drivers seat. I love how the dash faces the driver in all areas to include the clock and cd player. This is a feature that you truly do not see in many cars today.
Quite honestly, not much can be done to improve this platform. The only real downer would be the gas mileage, but in order to have some fun, ya gotta pay! It would not be worth the risk of changing the 2JZGTE block to try and improve the gas mileage.
Paid $42k for the new car in 1993.
Have added exhaust, racing springs,
after-market wheels, boost
controller/gauge, turbo timer. The
suspension is now too stiff for my
wife, who prefers we take her car
everywhere. I had the car painted '94
Admiral Blue (Chevy color) with a
Shelby-style silver stripe down the
center. I am approached at least a few
times a week by admirers. In 2002, I
was offered $20k for the car, and at
that time it had a few dings in it, but
we had been winning autocrosses in
Florida every year (always finished in
the top 3 in the Central Florida Region
of the SCCA).
Sequential twin turbos. New designs
might provide faster spool-up, but I'm
not spending the money. So my
twin-turbo system is stock except for
running ~18 psi of boost instead of
11.6 from the factory. That's good for
420+hp at the rear wheel. :)
Toyota never acknowledged the hatch
rattle, but fixes exist at www.mkiv.com
and elsewhere. Spare is a donut, with
no room for a full-size tire. In-dash
CD player is single-disk only (easily
fixed). Dash should've included stock