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Toyota Supra Mk4 celebrates its 20th anniversary

August 28, 2013

The iconic MK 4 Toyota Supra is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion almost 100 examples gathered at the Heritage Motor Centre in the UK on Sunday.

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The event was brought together by the Toyota Supra Owners Club in the UK, which saw almost 100 examples of the fourth generation version lined up in the car park with various tunes and modifications.

Toyota originally introduced four generations of the Supra, with the first launching in 1978. It was called the Celica Supra, featuring a 2.0-litre inline six engine. It was followed by the Mark II in 1982. It was the one that featured those muscly wheel arches, and was available with a 2.8-litre inline six with 108kW.

Next was the Mark III. This was the first turbocharged version, featuring a 3.0-litre ‘7M-GTE’ turbo inline six in some variants with a very decent 172kW. It also came with a new technology called TEMS, giving the driver two driving modes which altered the damper rates.

Lastly, the Mark IV. Launched in 1993, this was the most powerful and fastest of them all. It could be had with the mighty ‘2JZ-GTE’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six engine, still popular today.

Although power was rated at 206kW for the Japanese models, due to the friendly Japanese Domestic Market regulation of the time, the engine was known to be much more powerful than that. Tuners also loved this version as 1000hp (746kW) could be extracted from it with relatively simple modifications.

As previously reported, Toyota is thinking of introducing an all-new Supra in the future. It’s expected to come with a hybrid V6 powertrain, producing impressive power figures.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.