There are few cars that so perfectly capture the essence of a scene that can be upgraded with a few choice mods and still look relevant today. The Mk4 Toyota Supra is one of those cars that looked amazing in '93 when it debuted, was a mainstay in the '90s, and has cemented itself as a classic by many enthusiasts today. It's a car that lends itself well to both all-out builds, like RAD Dan's personal car we featured back in '11, to more minimal builds, like Sartaj Singh's, which we discovered earlier this year.
Sartaj wanted a Supra ever since middle school when he would admire videos of the legend beating everything from Lamborghinis to Ferraris. In May of '15, he finally got his hands on this particular red '93 Supra. Naturally, he had his sights set on a six-speed turbo, but his finances intervened so he settled for a non-turbo model with an automatic.
Over the past three years, however, he's taken his stock Supra and transformed it into the car he'd always wanted, swapping in a 2JZ-GTE and a manual transmission, and today the car makes 630 whp at 29 psi tuned on E85. He's got a flex-fuel setup, too, so if he can't find a station to fill up on the good stuff, his ECU adjusts the boost down to 18 psi for 91 octane, where it puts down a healthy 450 hp. Instead of the stock sequential twin-turbo setup, a twin-scroll Borg Warner has been fitted. While anything less than 1,000 hp from a Supra sounds yawn inducing from behind a keyboard, the truth is this Mk4 is daily-driven. To that end as well, the Supra is sitting on Air Lift suspension for the ease of getting in and out of driveways and over speed bumps.
The exterior of Sartaj's Supra has likewise been updated with measured strokes. We've featured a few Supras recently without wings, or with a small spoiler and t hough we stop short of calling a Supra subtle, the wing-less modified Mk 4 has a more understated presence. Singh went with a TRD wing out back and a Ridox front bumper, side skirts, and a diffuser from Varis. Though it's not the most extreme exterior, the Supra comes off looking clean with just the right amount of aggressive.
Like a few other modern classics, the lines of the Mk4 don't seem to age poorly. Wheel trends come and go, though, and this Supra wears a set of 18-inch three-piece Work Meister S1 wheels, which bring the looks of a car that rolled into the showroom floor in '93 up to today's standards. Or is it the other way around, and the Supra makes today's cars remember their elders?
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