1987 Toyota Supra Turbo Road Test – Review – Car and Driver

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Ready for the big leagues.

From the 1987 Issue of Car and Driver

A car has to have the goods before it can in the sports-coupe major leagues. The in this arena include potent performers as the Corvette. the 944 Turbo. the Mazda RX-7 and the Camaro IROC-Z #x2014;cars equipped to devour any competitor dares to enter the field of unprepared. In this fiercely market segment, superlative is essential to survival.

When introduced its redesigned Supra year, it wasn’t ready to such strong competition. We the new Supra a thorough shakedown March 1986), and although we pleased with its poised and high level of refinement, we less than enthusiastic its prodigious weight. The new Supra hold its own against some of the but it was easily trounced by the big boys.

Fortunately, Toyota is not known for content with playing on the team. For the 1987 model Toyota has made the jump to the big leagues by fitting an intercooled to the Supra’s in-line six. In Toyota now offers anti-lock as an extra-cost option on both aspirated and turbocharged Supras.

and power are requisites for admission to the big and Toyota’s engineers have sure that the Supra has plenty of both. The normally 24-valve, twin-cam, 3.0-liter engine produces a healthy 200 hp at rpm, but much of the spirit is by the Supra’s nearly 3500-pound weight. Of the two possible ways of that spirit#x2014;trimming weight and power#x2014;the latter was by far the easier Using an in-house turbo and an intercooler, the new 7M-GTE engine power by fifteen percent, to 230 hp at rpm. Torque is up more 30 percent, to 246 pound-feet at 4000. The engine also benefits an oil cooler and a new distributorless ignition

To cope with the added the Supra Turbo offers a of beefy transmissions: the four-speed controlled automatic has been to handle the additional torque, and the manual is an all-new design, to the Turbo.

Toyota Supra III

The fully independent suspension of the aspirated Supra was one of the car’s points, and it has been fitted to the unchanged. The front axle is an design; each rear is located by an upper control arm and lower links. There are springs at all four corners and a anti-roll bar at each end.

In the Supra Turbo features a package as standard equipment. The (which is optional on the normally car) includes a limited-slip headlamp washers, and the Toyota Modulated Suspension. The TEMS electronically adjusts the valving of the shock absorbers among medium, and hard settings as the driver influences its decisions by either the normal or the sport program.

From the outside, the Supra is virtually identical to the normally car. The only clues to the power under the hood are a new rear spoiler and a small badge on the rear. Otherwise, the it or not#x2014;is unchanged.

Though never felt that the Supra’s shape is as distinctive as, the Corvette’s, it is beginning to grow on us. the front in particular, the Supra is aggressive and intimidating. Our only complaint is that the car looks bit as heavy as it is.

Inside, the Supra Turbo is inviting, and thoughtfully laid The dashboard is graced by a gorgeous of large, clear analog similar to the layout introduced year. The Turbo’s most change is the substitution of a boost for the voltmeter. The optional power seat moves every way to make you as comfortable as possible; we like its power side-bolster which can clamp you in like an The grippy seats in our test car covered in a pleasing blue for those who prefer leather, it is for an extra $950.

Toyota Supra III
Toyota Supra III
Toyota Supra III
Toyota Supra III

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