Over the years, Toyota has forged quite a name for itself by building rock-solid, dependable transportation, but they've also been known to get a little adventurous from time to time, such as in the case of this 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo. Packing serious power under its hood and sporting one of Toyota's boldest, eye-catching designs, this 1-owner, all-stock beauty is a very rare find that's only logged 36,477 miles and comes loaded with lots of records. Wow, what a find!
You just don't come across Supras of this era very often, so this one is a welcome sight. It's one very sharp looking ride, featuring hints of European styling in the form of its sharply angled windshield, sloping rear roofline and the functional Ferrari-esque aggressive premium spoiler on the deck lid. With its sleek look and low to the ground stance, it's an undeniable head turner. Its Renaissance Red paint is the same shade it began with and is in good form - judging from the fresh look of this Toyota's exterior, it's been garage kept most of the time, so you won't find any blemishes as you take a lap around the car. The slick-top Supra is the one that you want, highlighting the beautiful streamlined design of this Japanese treasure. Up front, the trio of bulbs sitting in each headlight bucket provide a great, aggressive look, while in back, the multi-colored taillights sit behind clear lenses just above the clean rear bumper, while the distinctive “Supra Turbo” script on the hatch still looks impressively sharp. And because this is a Limited Edition 15th Anniversary model, you also get distinctive badging on each front fender.
The black leather seating and matching carpet matches nicely with the black center console and dash area to make for a great looking driving environment. Both the front buckets with their integrated headrests and the rear bench seat are in very sharp condition. The wrap around instrument cluster has a very “driver-centric” feel to it, positioning the clear gauges for easy viewing and putting the original AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo just a short reach away. There's a nice array of features on board, including air conditioning that's blowing strong and cold, a tilt column, cruise control, power door locks, power windows and remote door openers. Driver and passenger side airbags are a welcome safety measure as well, but the most exciting part of the interior of this Supra is the 6-speed shifter in the console. Raise the hatch and you'll find a surprising amount of useful room in the storage area in back.
The fuel-injected, 3.0 liter 2JZ-GTE Inline-6 sitting under the hood is a screamer - outfitted with twin turbos, it's good for a full 320 horsepower, far more than enough to rocket this great looking Toyota forward with conviction. Unlike many turbos, these activate sequentially, with all of their boost initially directed to just one turbine under 3000RPM to reduce lag for very strong acceleration. When Car and Driver tested the twin-turbo Supra, it delivered 0-60 times consistently well under 5 seconds. The engine pairs with a highly desirable, quick-shifting V160 6-speed manual transmission to make for a responsive, fully-engrossed driving experience. Handling is definitely another of its fortes - that aggressive spoiler in back creates a substantial amount of downward force to keep the car glued to the pavement, and when you factor in its already impressive .98 skidpad results, you have one supremely agile performance car on your hands. Power disc brakes sit at all four corners for quick, dependable stops as it turns heads on its 17” stock Toyota rims, wrapped with 235/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear Kumho performance tires.
Lightly travelled and still very much in its prime, this 1997 Toyota Supra offers the chance to own a powerful, increasingly rare performance car in its ideal configuration. Offered with a ton original documentation and good maintenance records (all work complete at Toyota), this is one of the most desirable Supras on the market today. Call now!