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WATCH: The Toyota Supra is a legend in its own right - Here's where it all started

2018-08-07 07:59

Robin Classen

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To this day, the Toyota Supra remains one of the best automotive creations to come out of Japan.

While Nissan had the Skyline GTR, Mazda the RX-7 and Honda with the NSX as their benchmark performance models, the Supra was Toyota's answer to Japan and the rest of the world.

Birth of a legend

First launched in 1978 bearing the Celica badge, it has become a symbol of legendary cult status for car fans throughout the world.

READ: Five generations of the Toyota Supra together for the first time

The most famous of the generations is the fourth, made famous by the Fast and the Furious and featuring in a host of video games as well.

Its revered 2JZGTE twin-turbo engine produces 206kW (limited under the gentlemen's agreement) and tuners have been able to extract as much as 500kW from the OEM internal components.

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Unfortunately the car was never available in South Africa legally but that never stopped local petrol heads getting their hands on one, paying in excess of R300 000 in the process.

Supra fans have been waiting for a successor to the throne and their prayers have been answered, with Toyota announcing plans to build the latest incarnation known as the GR Supra Racing Concept.

Check out the evolution of Toyota Supra through the years:


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