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Toyota Supra A80: Buying guide and review (1993-2002)

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It has never been easy for Japanese manufacturers to break into the prestige end of the performance coupe market. No matter how talented the car, potential buyers often admire the car from afar, before neatly swerving for the closest Porsche dealership at the last minute.
 
Few cars prove the trend more strongly than the A80 Toyota Supra. Moving away from the flabby, long-legged predecessor, the fourth generation model came as a surprise to many, shedding around 140kg in mass and gaining a much firmer, more focussed suspension setup. 
 
The result was a car which became highly regarded against contemporary coupe rivals like the Porsche 968, with handling and performance singled out for particular praise. The sequential twin-turbocharged inline six (non-turbo variants were sold outside of the UK) delivered a circa-five second 0-60mph time – not only fast enough to see off anything Jaguar or Maserati offered at the time, but the BMW M3, too. Braking performance was incredible too though, a lack of pedal feel was one of the car’s few weak points. 
 
It’s biggest failing, however, was its price. Back in 1994, the Supra was priced from £38,989 - £1500 more than a high-end Porsche 968, and £5800 more than the BMW M3 Coupe. As a result, fewer than 500 found homes in the UK, and sales were canned in 1996. The Supra continued in Japan for another six years, until tightening emissions regulations forced Toyota to stop.
 
Most used toyota models are famed for legendary reliability, but the Supra is arguably one of the most bulletproof of all. Most major components could handle as much as 1000hp without too much fuss, and as as a result very examples today remain in their original state of tune.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Today, many buyers consider the models sold here in the UK to be among the most desirable models. These examples - in addition to left-hand drive counterparts sold in North America - feature uprated turbos and larger fuel injectors than Japanese domestic market cars, so they’re more receptive to the heavy tuning so many owners look to carry out. 
 
Several features single out UK market models from the rest, most notably a large central bonnet vent and headlight washers on the outside, and leather-trimmed seats on the inside. UK models also feature glass covered headlights as opposed to the plastic items of JDM models. All UK cars were equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard - a necessary upgrade over the naturally aspirated car’s 16-inch items because of the need to house larger brake discs. If you’re still unsure, check the VIN plate: UK models are denoted by an R-prefix to the model number, Japanese examples begin with GF. 
 
Japanese turbocharged models were available in the trim levels RZ, RZ-S and GZ, and feature a ‘GTE’ tag on the VIN plate. The GZ allows those wishing to live out their Fast and the Furious fantasies thanks to the optional T-Bar ‘Aerotop’ roof, and it also gained a Torsen limited slip differential. Contrary to what might be implied by the movie in which a Supra had a starring role, the manual gearbox featured only six speeds. Indeed, many Supras were sold with a four-speed auto. Naturally-aspirated models were dubbed either SZ or SZ-R, depending on spec. 
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 2997cc inline-six
Power 326bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque 325lb ft @ 4800rpm
Top speed 155mph
0-62mph 5.1secs
Fuel consumption 25mpg
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2550mm
Length 4515mm
Width 1811mm
Height 1265mm
Weight 1549kg
 
Common problems
 
• The engine and drivetrain are hugely over-engineered, and therefore properly serviced Supras present very little trouble

• Engines, differentials and gearboxes (particularly the six speed manual) are capable of handling huge power and torque increases, frequently without the need to overhaul internals

• Those wishing to extract a little extra power will be best served by UK models as opposed to grey imports - they have uprated (and tougher) turbos and fuel injection systems

• Of course, with a car so popular among tuners, a detailed service history is desirable in order to learn when, where and how any upgrades have been carried out

• One of the only areas where there might be issues is in the suspension. though most components are as tough as the rest of the car, the dampers are known to wear with enthusiastic use. 

• Cosmetically there isn’t much to worry about, but it’s worth checking the tailgates for rust, and checking sill areas if aftermarket body kits have been added
 
Model history
 
April 1993: Order books for the fourth-generation A80 Supra begin, with first deliveries the following month
Sep 1994: CD autochanger becomes standard fit for UK models
1996: Official sales through UK dealerships end
1996: Mid life facelift introduces a revised front bumper
1999: T-bar ‘Aerotop’ model discontinued 
Aug 2002: Supra production ceases
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.mkivsupra.net
• www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/forum/39-supra-club/
• www.sports-cars-direct.co.uk
• www.supraspecialists.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
For the performance on offer, the Supra still remains something of a bargain. The less desirable automatic models are the cheapest today, with cars showing around 85,000 miles on the clock priced at around £7-£8000. 
 
Prices from there vary wildly according to a mix of condition, mileage and how highly the seller values their own fettling. Generally, the market tops out at around £18,000 for tuned UK examples.

Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 5th Jul 2016
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    looking to buy any Toyota Supra 1992-2001 - Import or UK Specification, with or without mot, can travel anywhere in the UK. Please call 07525 919813 with details.

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  • 1995 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo UK supplied

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    The Toyota Supra is a grand tourer that was manufactured from 1978 to 2002 and was derived from the Toyota Celica although it was both longer and wider. First, second, and third generation Supras were assembled at Tahara plant in Tahara, Aichi while the fourth generation Supra was assembled at the Motomachi plant in Toyota City. The Supra also traces much of its roots back to the Toyota 2000GT with the main instance being its engine. The first three generations were offered with a direct descendant to the Toyota Crown's and 2000GT's 'M' engine. All four generations of Supra produced have an inline six-cylinder engine. In 1998, Toyota ceased sales of the Supra in the United States and in 2002 Toyota officially stopped production of the Supra in Japan. The Supra has appeared in numerous video games, movies, music videos and TV shows. Some of the most notable appearances include the Gran Turismo, Need for Speed and The Fast and the Furious film series. This is a genuine UK supplied Supra automatic with many TRD upgrades and one that has had significant investment in recent years resulting in a concours example. A superb history folder accompanies this Supra with lots of recent work ca

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  • TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0i Manual - Appreciating Classic 1995

    £7,295 £7,295

    1995 (M) Toyota Supra 3.0i N/A Manual;; Here we have a Rare manual version of this iconic sports car!; These are becoming increasingly hard to get hold of these days and this one has covered around 90k mls with history to clarify mileage at point of conversion from km to mph.;;Recently just had a brand new set of black alloys bought and fitted by ourselves.;; The car starts, runs and drives very well and has a Full Thatcham Category 1 remote central locking alarm and immobiliser (2 Keys and Fobs);; Modifications wise it has veilside front and rear spoilers, side skirts and Carbon wrapped bonnet. ; We also have a veilside rear spoiler with high level brake light that we will include in the sale. This is in silver though so will need painting. It was from a previous Supra we had in stock.; There is also a HKS exhaust system fitted and K and N Air Filter. ;; The paintwork is satin black and there is a receipt within the history for this being done around 4 years ago at a cost of GBP 2000. As to be expected it does have some marks here and there around the front skirt and rear bumper but generally for age is in good order.;; Since we have had it we have given it a full service and it has just had a fresh MOT - 2nd August 2017.;; Finally the alloy wheels are 19inch. ; The old alloys which we are told are a fairly decent set would benefit from a refurb and they will also be included in the sale.;; Any questions at all please ask!; Part ex is very welcome;;GBP 7,295

    • Mileage: 90000 mi
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  • TOYOTA SUPRA - 1994

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    STUNNING,SUPERIOR WHITE TOYOTA SUPRA (1994)!!;SCRATCH, DENT AND RUST FREE;Well maintained and looked after by previous owners, this car will make the perfect addition to any driveway!!;At Tom Harvey Cars we pride ourselves on the genuinely top condition of our vehicles, as well as excellent customer service. This is what makes us the biggest and best retailer of Japanese(JDM) cars in the UK.;Highest product quality and customer satisfaction is guaranteed!!;;The majority of our sales are carried out online, so please visit our website: ; sports - cars - direct . co. uk;;for unedited genuine high res photos of this car and many others!!! ; Like being present with the car yourself!! ;;In further detail:;Toyota supra white with white alloys;1 off body kit;18 in alloys with tyres in excellent condition;New brake discs with green stuff pads;Original engine no modifications;stainless cat back;Kenwood CD player;Twin glove box;Original unmarked interior fully functional;L870 HAA;Date of manufacture 1994;Imported on 07-12-2005;3 previous owners;;Buy from Tom Harvey Cars confident with the fact that we are the biggest and best Japanese(JDM) car dealer in the UK! We are a well known brand name from the northern tip of Scotland to the southern coast of England due to our excellent customer service and superb product quality.;;NATIONWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK 24 HOURS A DAY!FROM SHOWROOM FLOOR TO YOUR FRONT DOOR!!! PAYMENT ON DELIVERY!;;CALL NOW FOR A QUOTE ON: 07400 121 123

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
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  • TOYOTA SUPRA Showcar Standard Aerotop !! very rare car!! 1993

    £9,995 £9,995

    A totally stunning looking car in superb condition. The Car has just undergone a full refurbishment by our highly skilled staff which consists of a GBP 5000 equivalent paint job. The paintwork is of a brand new car has done zero miles on the road!! , High quality workmanship has gone into this car we have been working on these cars for a very long time now and when we do a refurb on one of our own cars you would expect it to be top notch!! you can take this car and put in on any show stand without even having to polish it. Standing next to this car amazing as it seems your standing next to a brand new Supra!! ;;PLEASE DONT FORGET TO LOOK ON OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILED PICS OF THIS CAR;;sports - cars - direct . co . uk;;;A lot of attention and details has gone into this car!! even the targa top opening tool has its own custom made holder!! ;;The car has been painted in Lamborghini Orange and the paint job is a proper high quality one using top quality primers, basecoat and laquer. All apertures have been painted including the engine bay etc. you will not find a better quality Supra than this!! ;;Spec on the car ;;Engine;2JZ GE;4 Speed A340E Automatic transmission;HKS Super Dragger exhaust with double decat;Lezura radiator with 1.2 TRD cap;Walbro Fuel Pump;;Brakes - Suspension - Wheels;Tein Super Racing fully adjustable Coilovers;Cusco Front and Rear strut braces;Fast road brake pads front and rear;18' CN Shark deep dish wheels finished in high black with Goodyear Asymm tyres front and rear;;Interior;OEM Factory black leather seats;OEM carbon effect dash with blue light conversion including heater controls and gear surround;ISOTTA KETIENA Steering wheel and handbrake with Levoc gearknob and Momo pedals;Kenwood single din headunit, ipod connector and HDD with vibe components;;Exterior;Lamborghini Pearl Orange;Bomex front bumper with clear spotlights;Bomex side skirts;Bomex rear spats;Bodykit smoothed and blended;Veilside rear spolier ;Facelift rear lights;;To say the previous owners were quite anal would be an understatement, However this usually means good news for the new owner as your buying a quality car.;;Mechanically she is pretty much stock and has not been thrashed etc.;;It comes with a folder of history and we can honestly say it has been well kept and lots of money and care has gone into this car.;;The targa top is removable and fits into the boot.;;Please don't forget to take advantage of our nationwide delivery service!!;;We can deliver this car to your doorstep, pay on delivery!!

    • Mileage: 87000 mi
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  • TOYOTA SUPRA Stunning Gloss red n/a auto!! Unmolested original classic !! 1995

    £6,995 £6,995

    Here we have a stunning Supra in the rare sought after colour Gloss red , The car has been owned by a lovely mature lady for the last 5 years been garaged kept with a blanket over it and driven only on sunny days. ;;Paintwork on this car is immaculate and its a merit to the last keeper that had it professionally detailed every month!! ;;;The car will come with a fresh mot and we now can offer as a full peace of mind a fully comprehensive platinum cover that cover all mechanical and all electrical components for 3/6 or 12 months warranty at an additional cost.;;;Please don't forget to look on our website for detailed pics of this car!! ;;our website is ;;sports - cars - direct . co . uk;;Toyota supra red na auto;143290km;Totally stock;Electric seat;Cat1 alarm;Momo steering;Refurbished alloys;With nearly new tyres;Original exhaust with twin cats;CD player;Imported 11-10-2006;First reg 21-08-1995;Last keeper since 16-12-2011;Cat 1 alarm certificate;New brake pads;Last service 136053km;;DON'T FORGET TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR NATIONWIDE DELIVERY SERVICE!!;;WE CAN DELIVER THIS CAR TO YOUR DOORSTEP NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE UK!!;;CALL NOW 07400121123

    • Mileage: 89050 mi
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  • TOYOTA SUPRA Stunning N/A MANUAL 5 SPEED!! Modified ! High Quality paint job!! 1995

    £7,995 £7,995

    Here we have a stunning looking Supra,. The paintwork on this car is in excellent condition remember this car has no stone chips scratches or dents!! ;;The car will come with a fresh mot and we can now offer for ultimate peace of mind a (platinum level) all mechanical/all electrical 3/6 or 12 months warranty at an additional cost.;;Please don't forget to look on our website for detailed pics of this car to show it from every angle;;our website is ;;www.sports-cars-direct.co.uk;.;;Details of the car;;Toyota supra yellow with Lambo doors;M106SHG;115204 km;5spd na manual;Veil side kitted;Front bumper /side skirts/rear spats;18 team dynamic alloys nearly new;Red calipers;Carbon wrapped bonnet /roof;Black rear spoiler;Momo steering;Carbon gear shift;Electric front seat;Rear leather seats;Twin glove boxes;Kenwood stereo;12 jbl 1000w sub;Privacy glass;Viper alarm immobiliser;New headlights;Hks mushroom air filter;With hard pipes;Cam belt done at 61944km;;;DONT FORGET TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR NATIONWIDE DELIVERY SERVICE!!;;WE CAM DELIVER THIS CAR TO YOUR DOORSTEP NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE UK!!;;CALL NOW 07400121123

    • Mileage: 72000 mi
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  • TOYOTA SUPRA Just Arrived!! Toyota Supra Twin Turbo!! Extensive History!! High Quality Car!! Great Future Investe 1995

    £10,995 £10,995

    We are UK's leading Supra Specialists we have been selling these for years. Having watched the prices steadily rising over the years its come to a point now where you have to fight to get your hands on one that represents decent value, The prices for these beasts is tipped to fetch GBP 20-30k plus very soon in fact some are already advertised for this much. ;;Look at the prices for classic fords etc which are in essence family sheds with turbos bolted on and compare them to this factory built over engineered masterpiece with super car slaying potential, indestructible engine, the legendary status, head turning looks, mega reliability plus much much more easy to imagine where the prices will be for these cars in a few years!;;Please dont forget to look on our website for high resolution pictures of this car to show the detail, Also keep in mind our pics are true representation( POINT and SHOOT) of the car using a very high resolution cameras and NOT photoshop versions that most other traders have online.;;our website is;;sports - cars - direct . co . uk;;It drives great as Supras should both turbos come in at perfect times and produce amazing torque and power. ;;Power wise we are looking at roughly 350 to 380 BHp from whats fitted to the car in terms of modifications;;Particulars of the car are;Toyota supra tt auto veil side kitted in gunmetal grey;reg number N630FKE;17 rays light weight alloys;With uk spec big bake conversion;Red callipers with yellow stuff pads drilled vented grooved discs;144953km;Stainless cat back;Cat1 alarm immobiliser;Turbo boost dial;Greddy Profec boost controler;Electric seat;Cd DVD player 7 inch screen;Pioneer door speakers;Twin glove box;Blitz blow off valve combined with hks sequential valve;Hks air filter;Split fire earthing;;First reg 01/12/1995;Imported 01/09/2004;4 owners;Last keeper since 14/04/2014;New drop links fitted;Dyno setup to check health report all good;Invoice for dump valve;Invoice for brake callipers;Major service done;Exhaust rubbers replaced;Regular service bills;Gearbox oil change;Up rated walbro 255 fuel pump;All work carried out at a reputable garage with detailed invoices included.;;;please call 07400 121 123 anytime for a walk talk around the car;;ALSO PLEASE DONT FORGET TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR DOOR TO DOOR NATIONWIDE DELIVERY SERVICE!! ;;WE CAN DELIVER THIS CAR ANYWHERE IN THE UK OR EUROPE, PAY ON DELIVERY!!

    • Mileage: 90050 mi
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