The Toyota Supra, a sports car and a grand tourer was launched by Toyota in 1979 and remained in production until 2002. Toyota Supra took most of its styling features from the Toyota Celica. However, it was wider as well as longer than the Celica. The third generation Supra called the Mark III was launched in mid-1986 as a completely independent model and no more associated with Celica. The Toyota also dropped the name Celica and replaced it with the Supra. As both Celica and Supra were closely related, they were often mistakenly referred for each other.
As of engine, the Supra traced its roots back to the Toyota 2000GT. The first three generation produced of Supra came equipped with the engine previously used in Toyota Crown and Toyota 2000GT. Total of four generations of Supra offered and all of them powered by an inline 6-cylinder engine. Interior aspects for all the generations were almost the same and so as the chassis code, i.e. ‘A’.
In addition to name and the vehicle, the company also introduced a new logo for the Supra that was taken from the original Celica logo. The only difference between the two was the Supra got the Blue one rather than typical Celica’s orange. The logo was remained in use till January 1986 before the third generation Mark III was launched. Similar in size to the old logo, the new logo was a kind of orange writing on a red background. However, the dragon design was dropped from the logo. Until 1991, the new logo remained on Supra before Toyota switched to its Opal company logo. It is important to note here that the dragon logo was officially belonged to the Celica and it was used on the first two generations of Supra because they were regarded as the Celica. The dragon logo remained the part of Celica until the production of the Celica was ceased by the company.
The production of the Supra was stopped in United States in 1998, while it remained in production in the Japanese market until 2002.
Being an iconic sports car, the Supra has been used in video games, music videos, TV shows and in even movies. Until now the Supra has made its appearance in the video games like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Need for Speed and Midnight Club. It has also made a remarkable appearance in a Hollywood film, The Fast and the Furious released in 2001.
The timeline for the appearance of the different generations of the Toyota Supra is given below:
- Mark I (1978-1981)
- Mark II (1981-1986)
- Mark III (1986-1992)
- Mark IV (1993-2002)
- The second generation Supra, Mark II gained a lot of popularity in United States because of its completely new design. This popularity led the Mark II to win the Import Car of the Year Award by Motor Trend. It also remained in the Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for the year 1983 and 19894.
- The fourth generation Supra, Mark IV awarded with Popular Mechanics “Design & Engineering awards” in 1994.