Why is it so special?
Well, much like the new GR Supra and the firm’s ‘no more boring cars’ mantra you read about on pageXX; back in the 1980s, Toyota must’ve been feeling adventurous when it put together the 4500 GT, an avant garde research car dubbed internally as the ‘super coupe.’ This car’s influence and passion was undeniable when the Supra eventually launched in 1993. One of the best looking cars every produced in Japan, and at the time one of the fastest; project leader, Isao Tsuzuki, described it as, ‘A race car that could be driven with confidence on any American street or highway.’ No wonder it featured prominently in many of The Fast and the Furious flicks.
That classic cool feature: Twin-turbo wallop, rear-drive agility
Under the bonnet of the dramatic three-door coupe was a beefy 3.0-litre 24-valve straight-six engine boosted with two sequential turbochargers, boasting an output of 238 kW and 405 Nm. That may not sound like a lot by today’s standard, but by today’s standards the Supra was also very light – 135 kg lighter than its predecessor and with a power-to-weight ratio equal to that of a Ferrari 348 from the time. Yip, was stupendously quick, the twin-turbo could sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and on to top speed of 250 km/h. That was Ferrari and Porsche fast. Arguably even more impressive was its mind-bending tuning potential, it and the Nissan GT-R became darlings of the JDM tuning scene in the ‘90s.
Can you get it today?
Yea, not exactly. With this body shape only produced between ’93-’97, before it was killed off due to emissions concerns over the six-cylinder motor, they’re very rare and if you do stumble across one they’re almost guaranteed to have been modified in some shape or form… hopefully sympathetically. If a clean, unmolested example were to turn up, you can bet the owner/trader will be asking crack-pipe prices for it, anything between R750 000 to R1 million. But hey, it is JDM royalty.