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Re: Toyota Supra Mark IV Turbo
I am a little bias on this one.
I owned an RZ version in white with the Veilside kit. It didn't come cheap though and took me almost a year to find one i liked. SZ versions are readily available though, and the GZ is very rare indeed but require decent summers to fully exploit.
If i had to rate this car out of ten it would only get a 5; though for me it is still sub zero. The reason i can't give it more than that is due to the fact that if you get a good RZ Supra you will only be in it half the time as a normal car. If the road is wet, icy, snowy, or even mildly damp then its probably best to take something else or drive it very slowly everywhere. And that's another problem. Just about all of them are auto's and the lack of a clutch can make control significantly harder. Especially in the above conditions. I had prompted for one that had been modified slightly too. It was kicking out 450BHP although i was told at the time that 600 was easily achievable with just a little tuning. I'm very glad i didn't do it.
Roundabouts become your worst enemy in these cars. Even in the dry, with no clutch to aid you, you can so easily just light up the rears tyres and point towards the way you have just been. And in the wet it almost becomes a guarantee. That's why you wont see these cars using all their power on our roads. While the EVO's and Impreza's scorch up the road, the Supra's will always be laggin behind, the driver constantly aware that if he so much as sneezes he could be in real trouble.
I didn't keep mine very long and i would not be tempted to buy another one even though i do miss it at times. The straight six does make a lovely noise, the interior is very nice - again, on a good one - with more dials and readouts than the Enterprise, but with so few days with perfect driving conditions it doesn't really make sense. I guess that's why most are bought for the purpose of being showcars and projects for people rather than a mode of regular transport.
Of course, you could always go with the SZ or GZ versions but why only buy half the true example? I for one would always be wanting that little extra something that the RZ gives you. Even if you daren't use it.
A true sports car IMO that will live on for years to come.
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