NEWS: Toyota to revive Supra Turbo A designation, add horsepower?

Toyota will reportedly revive one of its most beloved Supra trims levels, according to Japan’s automotive tabloids. Car Top magazine in its April issue reports that in 2021, fans of the Toyota sports car can expect a higher-output version called the Supra Turbo A.   

The original Toyota Supra Turbo A was introduced in August 1988. Based on the A70’s 3.0GT Turbo trim level, it was a homologation special, created to qualify the Supra Turbo for the Group A class (hence its name) of the Japan Touring Car Championships. With increased turbocharger and intercooler capacity, the 7M-GTEU engine generated 270 PS, at the time the highest output of any Japanese car yet.

Marked by the signature vent in its front fascia, the cars were available in exclusively in black, with color-matched side strips and alloy wheels wrapped in 225/50 R16 92V Bridgestone Potenza RE71 performance tires. Inside, the Turbo A featured leather 8-way power seats, as well as a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob manufactured by Momo. All Turbo A models were fixed roof and came only with a 5-speed manual transmission. As homologation specials go, production was limited, and only 500 were made.

With the new Supra, Car Top magazine is reporting that in 2021, a Supra Turbo A will hit the market. It claims that this will be the top trim level and see an increase of 30 horsepower, for a total of 365. What other features it may come with are unknown at this time. As is always the case with these types of rumors, it is best to take it with a grain of salt.

However, it is somewhat exciting that we might see a return of the Turbo A. Toyota has made no secret about its intentions to take the Supra racing, with Super GT, GT4, and even NASCAR versions in the works. As such, it seems a homologation edition would be a no-brainer, but as we know from experience, that doesn’t necessarily mean Toyota will do it.



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7 Responses to NEWS: Toyota to revive Supra Turbo A designation, add horsepower?

  1. Joel says:

    Seems like a cheap $ play. I don’t understand why they launched with much less horsepower than the BWM version. The Supra is already a little overpriced for what you get.

    • Technically it costs more or less the same as the base model ’93 Supra if you do a 1993-2019 adjustment for inflation.

    • LB1 says:

      It could be that BMW won’t let Toyota have their best components and get upstaged. I can see how they would keep Toyota down.

      • Bob says:

        I can’t believe Toyota resorted to a BMW power plant in the first place.
        Of course Toyota is capable of producing a spectacular engine of their own.
        Then they could do as they please.

  2. Mark Newton-John says:

    Dudes, this ain’t the bubble era where money was flowing. Toyota went in with BMW for the same reason they went in with Subaru for the 4U motor. It costs a ton of money to develop an engine that will only go in one model. And they weren’t going to make a 3JZ that would pass current emissions and mileage requirements. Going with an already certified engine that could be modified for Toyota’s needs for a low volume car was the way to go. Live with it.

  3. Mark Newton-John says:

    Ehhh, probably just another car mag rumor to get people to buy their magazine. Since there is no Group A anymore, and unless they go DTM or BTCC, I doubt they’ll do a homologation special. Now a NASCAR model with a V-8 could get some traction. Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday…

  4. Spirit Road says:

    I’m loving it! Hopefully this model will come to light.

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