1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa

by | May 9, 2019

Photos ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions

1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa

by | May 9, 2019

Photos ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions

YEAR

1994

MODEL

Supra

MANUFACTURER

Toyota

ESTIMATE (US)

$60,000-$70,000

CHASSIS NUMBER

JT23A82J0R0019725

AUCTION COMPANY

RM Sotheby's

AUCTION DATE

May 29 -June 1, 2019
As Toyota launches its 2020 Supra, the fraternal twin of the BMW Z4, it’s fun to look back at the fourt- generation Supra, the most recent.

The preceding three iterations had been nice-enough automobiles, but Gen 4, which debuted in 1993, was a big step forward, both in the engine compartment and in the exterior styling.

Much more dramatic than past versions, the Supra’s long nose features four headlamps that seem to stare into you. There’s a compact fastback 2+2 cabin and, at the back on the turbo models, the expected tall spoiler. Proper driver-support seats are fitted inside with an instrument panel and center console that are decidedly driver-oriented.

Moving from the visual to the visceral, under that long nose is a 3.0-liter twin-cam 24-valve inline-6 equipped with a pair of intercooled sequential turbochargers, all the better for smooth spool-up. The potent combination delivers 320 hp at 5,600 rpm and 315 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The Supra Twin Turbo will get to 60 in about 5.0 seconds — respectable now and very impressive in 1994. Since it is a Toyota, one assumes reliability is also part of the offer.

In its road test, Road & Track pointed out, “At approximately $38,000 for the Turbo, it doesn’t take a mathemati­cian to figure out that the Supra Turbo is one of car-dom’s biggest bangs for the buck. To underline the point, although the Supra is speed-limited to 155 mph, Toyota assured us that it can threaten 180.”

RM Sotheby’s example at Auburn is a two-owner car, and the more recent one has had it for 23 years. Said to be well maintained, it has 75,000 miles on the odometer and features the combination of the twin-turbo engine and the even-rarer 6-speed manual transmission. Many would also consider the targa top a bonus.

As a comparison, the just-introduced 2020 Supra will go on sale at just under $60,000, right around the bidding estimate for the 1994 edition offered at auction.

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