Monday, 10 October 2011

The Toyota Supra...

...do you live your life 10 seconds at a time? And for those ten seconds or less, are you free? Does nothing else matter then? Not your store, your mortgage or your team an all their bullshit? Well, you need a Supra, because for £2000 you'd have to work hard to find something cooler. Plus, you can pretend you're in The Fast and the Furious, too, and that's cool, right?

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He was in my face! I'm in your face!



So much torque, the chassis twisted coming off the line...


Okay, that's enough of the F&F gags (as in the Fast and the Furious, not Tesco's clothing range). Let's focus on the goodness that is the sub-£2k Supra. This is the kind of thing you'll get...


Oh, and Harry, I need two these, and I need'em by tunnite...


Looks a lot better without all that fibreglass bollocks and silly chrome graphics, doesn't? So it should really, it's a handsome looking machine.

This is the mk IV which was introduced in 1993. The three previous generation Supras were good, too, but with the IV Toyota went a bit more balls out in a bid to build a real sports car. It was something of a gamble, but with Mitsubishi knocking out the 3000 GTO and Nissan with their oh-so pretty twin-turbo 300ZX, hardcore really was the direction Toyota needed to move in.

Based roughly around the underpinnings of the Toyota/Lexus Soarer, the Supra was a more hunkered down, hardcore, tightened up driver's car. On its release it trounced the wallowy Mitsubishi and the delicate Nissan, not only by being better looking, but also through being a mechanical master-class as well as being amazing to drive. The front-engined, rear wheel drive set-up may not have been revolutionary but it was practical and constructed perfectly, offering real driver satisfaction. Yes please!


Edwin happens to know a few things. One of the things Edwin knows is that it's not how you stand by your car, it's how you race your car - you better learn that


Powered by a 3.0 straight-six engine, the Supra was no slouch. Even in naturally aspirated guise it churned out 220bhp which was more than enough. The twin-turbo 2JZ (we don't know what that means, but it makes Japanese car lovers go all funny in the trousers when you say it) kicked out a beastly 276bhp, and that's enough to make your head fall off. Turbo or not, the JZ engines are tough as a tough thing that got a reputation for drinking in the toughest pub in Toughsville. Rock'ard, double'ard bugger, so it is. Look after it and it'll run forever, unless a turbo lets go.

When it came to cog-swapping, there was a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed auto. All good, though the sixer was best - sadly they're going to be a little out of the budget. Sorry about that.


No shit? A Two jay-zee...put about fifteen grand into it, and overnight parts from Japan if we have to, and this will decimate all...


So, what will your £2000 get you? Probably a mid-nineties 3.0 N/A auto with plenty of history and hopefully no silly modifications - don't get us wrong, we like a mod here at N£2G but the Supra is just fine in standard guise. Also, if you see a cheap twin-turbo, don't buy it. It'll be cheap for a reason, and that reason will be its willingness to blow up, taking half your postcode area with it. No one wants that.

We also suggest you don't do this, either...

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...just sayin'.