Toyota Supra RZ 1997
Toyota took its flagship sports car, the Supra, in an entirely new direction when it introduced the second-generation variant in May 1993. This was evident from the car’s unique exterior styling that featured a long nose, large fixed rectangular headlights and slim taillights on a round rear. It looked nothing at all like the previous model, or anything else on the road for that matter. It sat 4.7 inches wider and 3.9 inches shorter. Inside the cockpit was a snug 2+2 layout with the dashboard wrapping around the front-seat occupants.
There were two engines offered, a naturally aspirated and turbocharged version of the 2JZ. The base 3.0-liter DOHC inline-6 produced 221 HP while the turbocharged one cranked out 276 HP. A race version of this engine is said to produce 394 HP to 493 HP, so it was far from reaching its potential in the Supra, though many aftermarket tuners managed to reach that figure and beyond. The engines came mated to a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic or a new Getrag 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Supra’s suspension consisted of double wishbones at all four corners, tuned to provide maximum cornering prowess. Thus, ride quality was on the stiff side, but this FR (Front engine, Rear drive) car possessed the best handling in its class. In 2002, production of the Supra ended, but fans of the car are hoping for a resurrection in the near future.