The initial four generations of the Supra were produced from 1978 to 2002. The fifth-generation has been produced since March 2019 and went on sale in May 2019. The styling of the original Supra was derived from the Toyota Celica, but it was both longer and wider. Starting in mid-1986, the A70 Supra became a separate model from the Celica. In turn, Toyota also stopped using the prefix Celica and named the car Supra.
Owing to the similarity and past of the Celica’s name, it is frequently mistaken for the Supra, and vice versa. The first, second and third generations of the Supra were assembled at the Tahara plant in Tahara, Aichi, while the fourth generation was assembled at the Motomachi plant in Toyota City. The 5th generation of the Supra is assembled alongside the G29 BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr.
For 21 years, the United States had been without the legendary Toyota Supra. Motoring enthusiasts across the country can now celebrate, the wait is finally over. The fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, represents a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars. Staying true to its roots, the Supra is powered by an available turbocharged six-cylinder engine along with a rear-wheel-drive layout. Instantly recognizable as a Supra, the exterior styling accentuates its short wheelbase and sophisticated chassis structure.
Once you take a seat behind the wheel, the driver, car, and road become one. A striking double-bubble roof design reduces drag by shaving the roof center to reduce the projected frontal area without sacrificing occupant headroom. Bold, expressive exterior color choices include Renaissance Red 2.0 and Nitro Yellow, which emphasize the emotional connection drivers feel with a high-performance sports car.
What’s New for 2023
Included in today’s exciting press release were two images; one showing the new badging for the stick-shift model, which will get a new red-colored “Supra” badge to distinguish it from the automatic models currently on sale and the second image showing three pedals. The announcement that it will be an “all-new” transmission suggests it won’t be borrowing anything from BMW, which shares the Supra platform with its Z4 roadster. Instead, drivers could get a new Toyota unit, and that’s almost unbelievable.
The Supra is currently on sale with either a 255-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, or a 382-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6, and the rumor mill suggests the new transmission will likely only be equipped on the latter, more powerful and, undoubtedly, a more expensive model. Judging from previous executive comments, it’s also possible that the manual GR Supra could just be a limited run, as future special editions of the car have been hinted at before.
Other updates to the Supra model range include standard heated seats in 3.0 trims, a new red interior scheme for the 3.0 Premium, and full-screen Apple CarPlay trims equipped with the available JBL stereo system.