Having cemented god-like standing within the automobile tuning neighborhood, the Toyota Supra Mk4 is a couple of robust a press release as you can also make at a automobile occasion. Right here’s our quick-fire Supra shopping for and tuning information.
With a lot pleasure and disappointment proper now across the new A90 Supra, there’s been a pure resurgence in curiosity for the previous A80/Mk4. In fact, for individuals like us this enthusiasm by no means went away – we love these items, inventory or modded, UKDM or JDM, subtle-and-smooth or big-power-and-boisterous, we’re properly right into a nineties Supra.
At launch, the Toyota Supra Mk4 provided a pair of recent new engines: the three.0-litre 2JZ-GE straight-six provided 220bhp, whereas the twin-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE amped this as much as 276bhp. For the export fashions, Toyota noticed match to pump up the adrenaline a little bit, including larger gasoline injectors and smaller steel-wheeled turbos to supply a peak 326bhp – the holy grail for the UK purchaser at the moment is to discover a real UK TT6; that’s, a twin-turbo with a guide six-speed gearbox in full-fat UK spec. Not straightforward to realize, however they do exist! (Giveaway particulars are that the UK fashions had a bonnet scoop and glass headlights as a substitute of plastic).
In all markets, the turbo fashions had the choice of the Getrag six-speeder whereas nat-asp vehicles made do with the W58 five-speed guide – though the GT nature of the automobile signifies that loads of them have been purchased with four-speed computerized transmissions, which does slightly uninteresting the enjoyable.
Turbos bought 17-inch wheels whereas nat-asps had sixteens, and with both engine you may possibility a targa Aerotop. The SZ-R, out there from 1994, had the choice of larger 4-pot brakes, as did the RZ from 1995 – this was additionally the yr that Recaro seats arrived on the choice checklist. A gentle facelift in 1996 launched Sport ABS and made twin airbags standard-equipment, together with revising gear ratios and equipping the RZ with an aluminium radiator. Turbo fashions from 1997 had VVT-I together with revised ‘REAS’ suspension, and automatics had Tiptronic gear choice added. The Aerotop was discontinued in 1999, and Supra manufacturing resulted in July 2002.
It’s pleasing to know that Supras are fairly bombproof. Simply look out for age-related put on akin to warping of the sprint high, boot rubbers perishing, and yellowing of the headlights on JDM examples. Naturally, being a Nineties Japanese automobile, it is advisable to test completely for rust – as a rule, recent imports are prone to be much less rusty than older imports or UK vehicles. You also needs to watch out to test by the historical past, significantly as only a few Supras in the marketplace are factory-standard: if it’s been modified, be sure that it’s been achieved by competent individuals with high quality elements. There was a time when you may decide up Supras for relative peanuts, and a few have been ham-fistedly modded by individuals who noticed The Quick and The Livid and thought ‘how onerous can that be?’. And at last, understand that imported vehicles can have a 112mph velocity limiter – higher to know that upfront, slightly than embarrassingly headbutting into it at an inopportune second. Oh, and naturally the simplest option to spot a correct UK automobile is by its purposeful bonnet vent, glass headlights and headlamp washer ‘horns’.
Toyota Supra Mk4 costs
It’s very a lot a case of déjà vu in relation to Mk4 Supra costs, as like its JDM rivals such because the Skyline GT-R, costs have began to climb as an increasing number of inventory, unique examples grow to be more durable to seek out. In reality, discovering a bone-stock guide, UK, TT Mk4 Supra is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That being stated, there are just a few computerized, non-turbo fashions in the marketplace, with costs starting from £15,000. Modified, guide TT examples may be seen for round £30,000, relying on the extent of modification, mileage and situation. We spoke with import and tuning firm JM Imports who reckons you’ll want round £44,000 to get your fingers on a guide, twin-turbo Supra. Chances are high, although, you’ll be a modified instance so do your homework, ask the vendor what modifications have been added and who carried out the work, the extra provenance the higher.
Toyota Supra Mk4 Prime 5 Mods
Exhaust – from £450 (backbox)
The 2JZ responds properly to exhaust upgrades (significantly when you throw in a decat, and we reckon Supras solely look correct with an enormous drainpipe poking out the again! The Blitz Nur is fashionable.
Gasoline Lower Defender – £116.40
An important for modded turbo fashions, the FCD modifications the airflow sign to the ECU to trick it into pondering it by no means sees greater than 1 bar of increase, which is the purpose the place the pc cuts the gasoline provide as a safeguard. Converse to the blokes at Turbosmart.
Single turbo – £varied
When you’re chasing massive energy (and bear in mind, the inventory internals needs to be good for properly over 500bhp), swapping to an enormous single turbo is all the time a powerful possibility.
Intercooler – £349
A much bigger front-mount intercooler is one other should for turbo Supras – Japspeed are the specialists right here.
Brakes – From £1,099
The inventory brakes are fairly rattling good, however you’ll want them to be even higher when you’re throwing extra energy in. Ok-Sport provide an awesome vary.