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In the latest episode of Donut Media’s “Up to Speed” series, host James Pumphrey tells the tale of the Toyota Supra. The show starts the now-legendary ‘Yota’s history with the inception of Toyota’s Celica. The story then goes through the evolution of the Celica, all the way to the Celica XX, which became the Celica Supra in non-Japanese markets.
The Supra eventually evolved into the sleek Mk4 — as fans like to call the A80 chassis. With the last iteration of Toyota’s popular Supra came one of the best six-cylinder engines to ever leave a factory: the 2JZ. While the 2JZ-powered A80 Supra went on to become the best Supra ever, it eventually got yanked from North America in 1998 before going out of production in 2002.
During the A80’s run, it became one of the easiest ways for aftermarket tuners to squeeze gobs of power out of relatively stock cars. Its leading role in the modern classic ‘The Fast and the Furious’ cemented it as one of the stars of the tuner era. Of course, Toyota finally realized that people love this car and the company is in the stages of bringing another Supra to the world.
Want to know more about one of the best Toyotas to roll out of Japan? Check out the video above.
– Wesley is an Associate Editor at Autoweek. He loves cutting up old cars, listening to weird music, and going fast.
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