It's as if time is repeating itself. In the last decade we've gotten a new GT-R, 86, NSX, and Civic Type R — the only things missing to complete the picture are a new rotary-powered vehicle from Mazda and, of course, Toyota's newest rendition of the Supra. We feel your pain and anticipation as Toyota continues to drop teasers of its updated flagship.
Many of you have already voiced concerns about the new Supra being watered down (even before any details has been made official!); if you're expecting it to be an exact copy of the original, we hate to break it to you but that's probably not happening. You have to consider we're living in a completely different time with different laws and safety regulations for car manufacturers, not to mention how slim profit margins have always been for most sports cars. Only a handful of carmakers are making fun, athletic cars anymore, and we're lucky that Toyota happens to be one of them.
We've featured countless amazing Supras throughout the years, and to mark the coming of the next iteration we've put together a top-ten list of the most popular, according to all of you.
Ten years ago, Kazuhiko Nagata — also known as Smoky Nagata — couldn't wait for the next Supra concept, so he came up with his own. One of the most polarizing parts of his build is the Super G-Force Wangan kit, which at the time was a futuristic conceptual look. Now, however, newcomers mistake them for GT-R headlight conversions (SMH). The V-12 motor you would normally find in a Toyota Century was plucked and dropped in his Supra concept. He added a matched set of HKS GT2540 turbos and did what he does best in making big power — over 1,000hp, in fact.
With the help of Twins Turbo, Enrique Munoz has built a Supra masterpiece. But it took years and a whole lot of patience before he got it to where it is today. Enrique tracked down the beautiful Ridox body kit from Max Orido himself on a trip to Tokyo Auto Salon way back in '02. At the time of his feature he was rolling on classic Volk Racing SF Challenge wheels but has since switched to BBS. Although you'll probably never see it, the twins did a full breakdown and detailing of the car's undercarriage. Every arm was hand-finished and de-burred, fit with new bearings and painted or cleared, while every nut/bolt was cleaned before cadmium plating.
Pop any Supra's hood and chances are the twin turbo that was once there has been replaced with a bigger, single unit. But Brendan's Supra isn't the typical Supra with monster power or even forced induction for that matter. Instead, his Supra embraces the naturally aspirated route and is actually not just a street-driven car, but a track car as well. Teaming up with FSR, the 2JZ-GE's head was completely reworked and tuned for 260rwhp. Ever seen a 2JZ with ITBs? You have now.
This is yet another insanely awesome Ridox-kitted Supra with a big power number from our friends at Nextmod up north. Tom opted for a set of AirREX air shocks which might piss off a few purists, but who says we need to follow the Supra Builder's handbook anyway?
This Supra may look like an ordinary street-driven car, but it actually serves dual purpose on the street and as a drift vehicle. Nagahama-san is the big boss at N Style Custom and personally designed the custom front lip, side skirts, and widened front fenders.
Although this list is mostly made up of Mark IVs, this Mark II Celica Supra built by Javier Paramo made the list as well. The drift enthusiast used to have an AE86, but decided to do something pretty crazy and drop in a 2JZ in this MA60 chassis. One of the highlights of his career was when Japanese drift magazine Drift Tengoku held an invite-only drift competition and he won second place. Other participants included old-schoolers Alex Pfeiffer, Calvin Wan, Ken Gushi, Andy Yen, Benson Hsu, Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and many others. He later swapped the 2JZ for a 1JZ.
When Danny found this Supra it was already modified. Unfortunately the people who did the work did a less-than-stellar job. Danny rebuilt the car from the ground up, and even with an impressive 850hp result he wanted more power. The new goal called for a Bullseye Power S347R turbo, forged internals, and ProEFI's standalone computer. Of course he had to have the updated '97-'98 headlights as well as an Uchida spoiler. Everyone thought he was crazy but Danny is the one smiling as he rips the streets of San Diego, Calif. with his 900hp Supra.
We're sure many of us dreamed of having one of the '90s JDM hero supercars. Jason Eshelman and his best bud Ted Shimizu both aspired to get behind the wheel of an NSX, Supra, RX-7, 3000GT or 300ZX. After moving onto successful careers they both finally had the means to make their dreams a reality. Jason managed to find a Supra shell and would dedicate a whole decade to finishing his car. He fell in love with the Blitz aero after seeing the Blitz Supra on the Nurburgring in '97. The 2JZ-GE was mated to a GReddy T78 single turbo kit to get a mild 450hp for daily driving and reliability.
This father and son Supra build is one of the best we've ever seen. Jordan had already owned a Supra and later, his father Les was in the market to buy a sports car. After taking a joyride in Jordan's car, Les was sold on buying Toyota's flagship. To avoid ruining the Supra's body lines, the two installed a TRD widebody kit and sprayed the car in Balloon White from the Lamborghini color palette. Top shelf parts made their way into the engine bay to compliment the 2JZ-GTE. Family goals.
Halfway around the world in Thailand, Pongsakorn Jirochvong was doing the same thing we were doing: dreaming about Toyota's sports coupe. Not only did he successfully purchase one, he also built one of the best that's ever to come out of Thailand. The engine is pushing close to 800hp and the exterior rocks the forgotten Top Secret GT300 body kit. It's about time we hit up the Bangkok Motor Show.