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Toyota Supra strikes out on its own and adds a turbo option

For the third-generation, the Supra cuts its ties with the Celica lineup and gains a turbo engine option.

Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
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For its third-generation, the Supra parted ways with the Celica and became its own standalone model in the Toyota lineup.

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While the Celica went on to become a front-wheel-drive sport compact, the Supra stayed with rear-wheel drive.

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As with previous cars, an inline six-cylinder continued to power the Supra.

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When the car launched as a 1986.5 model following production delays, power came from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque.

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For 1987, a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine was added to the lineup delivering 230 ponies and 240 pound-feet of torque.

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Transmission choices for both engines were a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic. 

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Turbo models came standard with sports package that included a limited-slip differential, adjustable suspension and headlamp washers. The sport package was an option for non-turbocharged Supras. 

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A targo roof was also an option on the third-generation Supra.

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When the third-generation Supra launched for the 1986.5 model year, it carried a base price of $18,610.

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When the Supra Turbo joined the lineup in 1987 it started at $24,155.

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The brochure for the 1986 Toyota Supra.

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Sales brochure for the 1987 Toyota Supra.

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Sales brochure for the 1988 Toyota Supra.

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The sales brochure for the 1989 Toyota Supra.

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