The Toyota Supra has always been a popular car, but that popularity saw a massive increase in the late 90s thanks to the tuning potential of the Mk4 Supra. The Supra dates back to 1979 with the Mk1/A40 which had a normally aspirated inline 6 powerplant, the Mk2/A60 appeared in 1982 with a similar normally aspirated powerplant. The Mk3/A70 appeared in 1986 and by 1987 turbo induction was available for the inline 6, this was the 7M-GTE lump. It was a popular engine to modify, even now there are quite a few transplanted into other cars, and they make big power. In 1993 the A80/Mk4 Supra hit the market and it too featured a normally aspirated inline 6, as well as a turbocharged version. By the time production of the Mk4 Supra stopped, it had become massively popular, and the top-spec powerplant of choice was the now-infamous 2JZ-GTE. It was a strong motor but hugely undertuned, the best factory power was rated at 239 kW. Thanks to tuners like Japan’s Top Secret and HKS, it was found that some pretty serious power could be unlocked. With new driving games featuring these tuned cars, as well as the start of the Fast & Furious franchise, the Mk4 Supra soon became the JDM car to have. As a result, the car gained legions of fans around the world, and even more fans of the powerplant itself. These motors were exported around the world and have ended up in loads of record-setting drag cars, track cars and even stance cars. Even now, a good 30 years later it’s still sought after, and with the advancement in turbo technology, management systems and components, extracting 1,000 hp from one is pretty much par for the course.
Take a look at the YouTube video that sees That Racing Channel's Jay Meagher outline the technical differences between the two different Toyota Supra powerplants, the timeless and increasingly rare 2JZ-GTE and the new-school BMW B58 lump - both turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6 in structure, but quite different: Toyota 2JZ VS BMW B58 | 2JZ STILL KING?! (Detailed Engine Internal Comparison) | That Racing Channel
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