Toyota originally revealed the Supra name in April 1978, selected as a new suffix designation for a longer, wider, and more powerful spin-off of the second-generation Celica coupé (above). The model was additionally identified by its A40 chassis code.
Designed and developed to compete in the popular grand tourer market in Japanese and North American markets – ruled almost exclusively by Datsun’s Z-cars at the time – the new A40 Celica Supra (named Celica XX in its domestic market) replaced the Celica’s four-cylinder engine range with a silky smooth six-cylinder engine that offered a more luxurious character. And so began the history of the Toyota Supra Even though it was identical to the regular Celica coupé from the B-pillar backward, the Supra’s hallmark long wheelbase
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and stretched front-end again allowed Toyota to equip its range-topping sports car with a straight-six powerplant, particularly its new 2.8-liter 5M-GE flagship twin-cam engine. Other identifying marks of the second-generation Celica Supra included retractable headlights, a more aggressive flair to the wheel arches, and, importantly for enthusiasts, independent rear suspension.
Unlike anything Toyota had produced before, the A80’s proportions and flowing design owed more to the 2000GT of the Sixties than its predecessor. With a long, low bonnet line and high-rise optional rear spoiler it was aerodynamically efficient and clearly aimed at delivering a much higher top speed.