If you had a chance to browse our coverage of Toyotafest's 24th anniversary event then you might have been wondering what happened to all of the Supras this year. A fair question, given that the 6-cylinder brute has long served as the brand's unofficial flagship for years, most notably muscling its way into that role since the introduction of the beloved MkIV chassis. Rather than tossing all of these Supras into the overall coverage, we put them all right here, in their own gallery.
Tall tales (often times heavily embellished) surrounding the A80 and its legendary 2JZ-GTE engine have circulated throughout the import circle and beyond for years. There's no denying the platform's potential, and today with Toyota's controversial introduction of the 2020 Supra program that runs in a joint venture with BMW, the enthusiasm behind the MkIV has only grown.
At Toyotafest 2019, the staff did an excellent job of organizing specific chassis into their respective sections along Long Beach's grassy Marina Green park. Upon entering the show, one of the largest areas by far was reserved for the Supra. Only a few early models were on display, followed by a handful of MkIII and healthy serving of MkIV, as expected.
The Supra corral remained busy throughout the event and featured a little something for everyone, as a few stock examples were joined by modified and fully-built race versions to give fans a full array of the Toyota sports car.
At the end of the '70s, Toyota introduced a sort of grand touring version of the second-generation Celica titled the" Celica Supra," which continued into the MkII A60 model that ran through the early-to-mid '80s.
Over time, the Supra name created its own bloodline, and in '86 birthed the MkIII A70, which had completely disassociated itself from the Celica family.
The initial naturally aspirated 3.0-liter power plant was joined a year later by the first turbocharged Supra ever offered in the 7M-GTE.
Though often overshadowed by its younger sibling, the A70 still carries a loyal following.
When the MkIV was revealed in the early '90s, Toyota hit the automotive market with a lethal 1-2 punch. The swooping lines of the A80 were undeniably sexy and showed a massive progression in design cues over a relatively short period for that era.
Add to that a JGTC-derived, twin-turbo powe plant that, during the Japanese car manufacturer horsepower wars, served as a frontrunner with incredible aftermarket potential.
Armed for battle, this MkIV featured a single turbo conversion, a number of billet aluminum pieces including a CPC intake manifold...
... and a meaty set of slicks wrapped around Weld Racing wheels.
Borg Warner turbos replace the stock snails and a dizzying number of hours on the welding table produced an intricate system of titanium pie-cut art work.
The Toyota booth, which sat adjacent to the Supra corral featured a Launch Edition 2020 Supra. 1,500 examples of Toyota's official debut of the A90 Supra carry the Launch Edition designation and can easily be spotted by the red mirror caps and matte black wheels.
The fuss created upon Toyota's announcement that the new A90 Supra would rely heavily on BMW has completely stolen the spotlight from other recent car manufacturer press releases. For better or worse, the attention toward the MkV couldn't be any higher and how that effects sales will be revealed later this year once the first wave of new owners takes delivery of Toyota's modern-day flagship.