Toyota's Supra story begins as a luxury offshoot of the Celica.
The Supra first made its way to the US as the Celica Supra in 1979.
The Supra was a more powerful and premium model in the Celica lineup.
To accommodate the inline six-cylinder engine, the front of the Celica Supra was stretched by approximately 5 inches.
At launch, a 2.6-liter inline six-cylinder with 110 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque provided power.
A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while a four-speed automatic was available as an option.
The Celica Supra was the first Toyota vehicle in the US to offer cruise control.
For the 1980 model year, an optional convenience packaged added cruise control automatic temperature control, power windows and power door locks.
A leather interior was also available as an option.
For the first-generation model's final year of production in 1981, the engine was upgraded to a 2.8-liter unit with 116 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.
1981 also saw the addition of an available sports performance package that added a sport suspension and front and rear spoilers.
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