Fast, cool, and fun-to-drive. One of the cheapest exotics you can buy.
Kind of strange looking front end.
Variable Valve Timing with intelligence appears on the new Supra.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 1998 Toyota Supra 2dr Coupe and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.11 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Looking like some kind of hybrid between an F-16 and a Ferrari F40, the wide-eyed Supra arrived late in 1993 to do battle with everything from the Nissan 300ZX to Lexus SC coupes. The wild exterior cloaks an austere but inviting cabin where the first order of business is driving. Under the hood, you have a choice of two inline six-cylinder engines: a twin-cammer good for 225 horsepower or a twin-turbo version of the same that ups output by 95 horsepower.
This year, Toyota applies its Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence technology to the regularly aspirated inline-six engine, giving the base car improved horsepower and torque numbers.
The automotive press has absolutely gushed about the Supra driving experience. No doubt, this is a serious driving machine. However, we've noticed that Toyota has been having trouble lately creating attractive sport cars. The Celica is quite a good looking sportster, until the bulging eyes up front seemingly follow your every move as you round the hood. The image is one of a shark ready to strike, and you find yourself wishing you had a spear to jab into one of the headlights. The Supra is also a beautiful work of art, but the hyena-like front styling is disconcerting. The Supra has a wild-eyed look, and the huge air intake below the bumper needs only a row of white teeth to guarantee that small children would never pass within twenty feet of the front end. The rear, with its rows of science-project taillights, massive rear fascia, and obnoxious wing, is just too much. Why Toyota tacked this front and rear aberration onto an otherwise restrained and wonderfully styledbody is a mystery.
As usual, though, we have a theory. In the United States, the Supra's main market, there really aren't any public roads (save for some desolate desert highway) to use the Supra to its full potential. The stylists wanted the Supra to be noticed. They wanted it to sell. So they gave it 'Look at me!' styling to generate as much of a commotion at a supermarket parking lot as it would at 120 on Interstate 10. It works.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1998 Toyota Supra.
I've owned the car for 3 years and 2
months. Other than gasoline and an
annual set of rear tires, I've not
spent a dime on any issues. I get the
radiator flushed annually, the
transmission fluid was replaced at
45,000 miles, and its been a fun car
to own. I've thought of having the
brake fluid flushed, but I'm at 70,000
miles and the brakes have never been
worked … on.
5 out of 5 stars
1998 Toyota Supra Turbo 2dr Coupe
Supra is the meaning of life
5 out of 5 stars
I Want the Supra Back
Supra Enthusiast, 08/06/2002
1998 Toyota Supra 2dr Coupe
The Supra was like the best Sports car
ever built. Better than camaro,
corvette, mustang, whatever. They need
to bring it back. You dont need to
redesign it, no nothing. They just need
to bring it back.
2 out of 5 stars
Not as I hoped
Roy Harold Madden, 11/08/2022
1998 Toyota Supra 2dr Coupe
From a child I had always liked the Supra, I had watched all the fact ant furious movies and I had beat Need For Speed Carbon with the supra as my final car. Come to now and I just purchased a supra for $35,000 (the seller said was a steal), and of course it's slow as mollusk (compared to what I thought was a fast car??) and unreliable (i thought it was a toyota! they don't make em like … they used too). I miss my Nissan Pulsar NX (I sold it to afford this supra), it actually had more creativity in how it was designed, and parts were so cheap. The Nissan had a T-top that was easily removeable and had bags in the trunk and everything. This supra with its Targa top just doesn't do the feeling justice, it makes me feel like I'm driving a coupe with the top sawed off by a redneck in the woods.
Because of the dashboard design my wife can't change the station, or the AC, and if I'm in the passengers seat when parked I can't either (unless I lean over). Drivers car my butt. Don't get a car just because you thought it was cool in movies!! I learned my lesson so you could learn yours!!!
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