Exploring the Five Generations of the Toyota Supra

July 19th, 2023 by

In 2019, Toyota brought back the hallowed Supra to its car lineup, and they did it in conjunction with another hallowed brand, BMW.

While often considered competitors, and dare we say foes, in the auto market, the partnership of Toyota and BMW gave the Supra all kinds of advantages.

With five different generations, the Toyota Supra specs all point to sporty with a strong BMW influence under the hood.

If you’re interested in the Toyota Supra, you need to know more about the different trim packages from Toyota. Read on to learn more.

1. First Generation Supra

The first generation of the Supra first hit US markets in 1979 and remained available until 1981. Named after the original Celica XX models released in Japan, the first models hit the market at Celica Supra.

Original Supras came with the inline six-cylinder engine and were upgraded in their final first-generation year to include a 2.8-liter six that produced 87kW.

2. Second Generation Supra

The second generation of Supra came onto the market in 1981, still named after the Japanese Celica XX.

The US Supras continued with the 2.0-litre and 2.8-litre inline sixes and were sold in 1986 because of third-generation production delays. Toyota continued to tweak the power, and by the end of the second generation, the Supra could reach 62mph in 8.7 seconds.

3. Third Generation Supra

The third generation is where the Supra separated itself from the Japanese Celica. While the Celica went to a front-wheel drive model, the Supra remained a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

Third-generation Supras were available from 1986 to 1993 and continued to grow in power and speed capabilities. By the end of the third generation, the 2.5-liter turbo six was added, giving the third-gen Supra’s power to 206kW.

4. Fourth Generation Supra

Fourth-generation Supras included Supra MK3 and Supra MK4. Available from 1993 to 2002, these are the years Toyota let the world know it was serious about creating a high-performance, high-speed car.

While the Supra was considered a high-tech, well-regarded coupe for its time, by 2002, the car-buying market had started to lose interest in large coupes, instead jumping into the SUV market.

For this reason, Toyota quietly retired the Supra in 2002 until it came out of retirement seven years later in the fifth generation.

5. Fifth Generation Supra

Since Toyota brought the iconic back to the market in 2019, lovers of a good fast car have coveted this fifth-generation Supra and its new partnership with BMW. The GR Supra, “GR” being shorthand for Gazoo Racing, models itself as a car ready to hit the road and race.

The fifth-generation models include:

  • 2023 Toyota GR Supra 2.0
  • 2023 Toyota GR Supra 3.0
  • 2023 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium

Since its reintroduction in 2019, the engine has increased in power, and additional powertrains are available. The 2.0 coupe comes equipped with a 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter engine.

Often compared to its competition, the BMW Z4, the GR Supra 3.0, is leaving BMW in its wake. The GR Supra 3.0 is now equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, making those who like a race and the open road more ecstatic.

The GR Supra 3.0 Premium also comes with automatic or six-speed manual transmission at no extra cost.

Find the Right Toyota Supra for Your Car Driving Needs

The new generation of Toyota Supras is at a Toyota dealership waiting for you to take them for a test drive. While some might boast of the BMW features under the hood, the Supra lineup is making a name for itself on its own credentials.

If you’re looking for a Toyota Supra for sale, we can help. Let us help you find the Supra made for your car-driving dreams.