Insane Corvette Z06 vs Supra Snow Battle

via 1320 Video

Two car you’d likely not find racing through snow! They’re going surprisingly fast in that snow, and completely SIDEWAYS!

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Is It Possible to Import a JDM MKIV Toyota Supra Turbo to the US?

  
via importavehicle.com

by Sean Morris

I just received this email question – “I was wondering if importing an JDM Mk4 Toyota Supra turbo would be possible to the US.”

The first thing I assume when someone says import, viagra is that they want to legally import and be able to drive a car. Anything can be temporarily imported, but has to be exported within a certain amount of time. 

So, the first place to look, is on the NHTSA list of approved vehicles. http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/elig101012c.pdf . Looking though that PDF, no the Toyota Supra is not on the list. Of particular importance for something like a JDM Toyota Supra, is that the vehicle is right hand drive(RHD).

All eligibility numbers are for left-hand drive motor vehicles except where the initials “RHD,” signifying right-hand drive, appear in the model type column. While there is no specific restriction on importing a right-hand drive vehicle, these may not be imported under eligibility decisions based on the existence of substantially similar U.S.-certified left-hand drive vehicles. Our experience has shown that the safety performance of right-hand drive vehicles is not necessarily the same as that of apparently similar left-hand drive vehicles offered for sale in this country. However, we will consider the vehicles “substantially similar” if the manufacturer advises us that the right-hand drive vehicle would perform the same as the U.S.-certified left-hand drive vehicle in dynamic crash tests. Absent such a showing, the RI would have to demonstrate (through a petition) that the vehicle, when modified, would comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, including those for which dynamic crash testing is prescribed.

That more or less says that you may need to crash test a right hand drive car. Unless Toyota says the right hand drive car and left hand drive car would preform the same in crash tests, they would want an RI to do their own dynamic testing. Toyota has nothing to win, everything to lose on a statement like this. So its unlikely of them agreeing with the statement. 
Some information on the Toyota Supra from Wikipedia. 

Again using subframe, suspension and drivetrain assemblies from the Z30 Soarer (Lexus SC300/400), test model pre-production started in December 1992 with 20 models,[14] and official mass production began in April 1993.[14] The new Supra was completely redesigned, with rounded body styling and featured two new engines: a naturally aspirated Toyota 2JZ-GE producing 220 hp (164 kW; 223 PS) at 5800 rpm and 210 lb·ft (280 N·m) at 4800 rpm of torque and a twin turbocharged Toyota 2JZ-GTE making 276 hp (206 kW; 280 PS) and 318 lb·ft (431 N·m) of torque for the Japanese version.
1993–1993.5 Mark IV Supra introduced with 2,997 cc (2.997 L; 182.9 cu in) turbo (2JZ-GTE) or non-turbo (2JZ-GE) DOHC engine.

1996 – Turbo only available with automatic transmission owing to OBD2 certification requirements. Targa roof standard on all turbo models.

1997 – Manual transmission available on turbo models. Restyled front bumper and grey (instead of black) taillight surrounds. Restyled headlights, now black on the inside with chrome rings (all chrome previously) and a clearer lens. All 1997 labeled as 15th Anniversary model. New grey dash panels to replace the previous black. Japanese production stopped in September.

1998 – Slight restyling of interior. 3-spoke steering wheel introduced. Slightly updated seat design (headrest is no longer separate) VVT-i on non-turbo models which increased power. Turbos not available in states that require California emissions.

1999 – Export of Mark IV Supra halted in the U.S., production in Japan continues.

2002 – Production of Mark IV Supra halts.
Since the Supra was first mass produced starting in April 1993, it will be over 21 years old and EPA exempt in 2014. Over 25 years old and NHTSA exempt in 2018.

That is the long answer. The short answer is – 

NO.

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TX2K14: Supra Nationals Begins in 14 Days!

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Click the link for details: http://tx2k.com/

If you’re not attending this year, you’re missing out.  But MKIV.com will be providing live updates on both the website and Facebook page.

TX2K History

This annual gathering of horsepower-aholics began in 1999 in Houston with a few dozen cars attending. The first sponsor was MVP Motorsports (www.mvpmotorsports.com) and the event was actually named “The Supra Nationals” to celebrate Toyota’s iconic sports car and the main type of car that attended. Over the years the event has grown incredibly and now encompasses five days showcasing several events. If you like fast cars, then this is the event for you.

Supra Slideshow: A Few Supra Videos From Around the Internet

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Here are a few Supra Slideshow Videos from around YouTube.
If you  know of a great photo slideshow, post it in the comments or on the FaceBook page.

The first two here are from MKIV member:  Alvaro Davila
They are two slideshows of his brother’s Supra along with a few other cars.

The rest of these I found on youtube.
Let me know if there are other’s you’ve found!

Thanks

Aron

And a few from around the Internet:

Obsessing Over the Supra Search! AHHHHHH!

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Have you done this?

The search for a MKIV Supra can be completely consuming.  I am looking for another low-mile Supra to put next to THIS ONE and it is completely consuming me.
Im checking the forums, eBay, classifieds sites – everywhere – about every 2 hours.
Have you been in this boat?

Have you totally obsessed over the search?
Why is it, when we’re ready to pull the trigger, that all the Supras that fit our criteria vanish?
Now that I’m seriously looking, I can’t find a single car that fits what I want.

Have you been totally consumed by the search to where it dominates your thoughts for the entire day?
Is it because the supply of cars that we’d be proud to own is diminishing??  Or are Supra lovers, by nature, obsessive and crazy? 🙂

I’d love to hear about your obsession in the comments or on the FACEBOOK PAGE

Please make me feel normal 🙂

Aron

Favorite Supra Picture? Show MKIV.com Yours!

We all have a favorite Supra image stored on our computer/laptop/tablet.
For some of us, this image is our background.

I know, like me, the members of MKIV.com have a huge folder of Supra photos on their computer – and they always go back to
a select 4 or 5 that are their all time favorites.

To keep this short…

I want to see what your favorite all time MKIV Supra photo is.
It’s easiest to reply via Facebook — so visit the MKIV.com Facebook page (linked on the right sidebar).

It can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMKIV

If you haven’t joined – please do and then show us your favorite image ever.
You can also link a photo in the comments section.

I’m eager to see what photo(s) are your obsessions!

I have one that I’ve always liked – it’s a bone stock QS that I used to own:

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– Aron

Wingless MKIV Supra = Ferrari 599?

On more than one occasion, I’ve heard a person reference how similar a wingless Supra and a Ferrari 599 look.
Now, there isn’t a person alive that would confuse a 20 year old Toyota Supra with Ferrari’s 599 which approaches $500,000 in GTO form.

But, after some side by side photo comparisons, I actually DO see it.
The side profiles are very similar.  The view from the side/rear looks similar as well.

What do you think?
I posted a few photos below to show the comparison.
I am in NO WAY implying that Ferrari stole/borrowed/copied the Supras design.  However, I don’t think anyone would be shocked if I said this car pictured below is the new 2015 MKV Supra.
The Ferrari 599 actually does look like a more modern Supra, to me at least.

What do you think?

They DO look similar, to me. Granted, the 599 has a few hundred thousand dollars and 20 years of refinement on the Supra.

– Aron

Should I sell the Supra?

Many of you who own or have owned the MKIV Toyota Supra must have come across this thought provoking question a few times in your life.  The Supra, to some, is now a twenty year old vehicle.  It is branded as “old technology”, “90’s technology”, “techno-tronik, MC hammer”…  Many of us have contemplated moving on to something with newer creature comforts, better interior design and materials, dual clutch transmissions, a hundred airbags and safety features, etc.  But is it a wise choice?  Here is my breakdown on a few scenarios (these observations assume you have another capable daily driver, or so called “beater”):

(A) You own a Supra with low mileage, prestine, afraid to drive it for fear of rock chips, potential damage, racking on miles, getting it dirty, thus affecting resale.  You need to find something more enjoyable.

(B) You own a Supra with extensive modifications, so extensive that it can only run on special gas, requires an army to tend after, making it cumbersome to take out and drive on a regular basis.  You need to find something more enjoyable.

(C) You own a Supra with mild modifications (BPU+++), still maintains all of its original amenities, makes decent horsepower, perfectly happy with what you have.  You’ve had it for what feels like decades.  You still need to find something more “modern”.

I stand somewhere between (B) and (C), and have been having a hard time justifying purchasing something different.  I’ve scoured the market for old and new, and at every turn, keep finding an excuse to hold my ground.  Below are some of my justifications:

Supra Qualities

– Four seats!: I can fit my kids back there, and take the family on short trips.  This is an important quality to me as the vehicle needs some practicality.  There have been many times when a road trip to family on a beautiful day prompted me to take out the Supra, and was I glad I could do so being that the twins could hop in the back and we could enjoy some fun in the sun (targa off and all!).

– Easy to work on, great fairly inexpensive aftermarket, great user base:  After years of working on these vehicles, there isn’t a thing I can’t do to the Supra to keep it running, make it faster or make it modern.  Folks have made 1000+ horsepower, and they’ve turned the Supra into a capable road racing rocket as well.

– Potential for tons of horsepower(s):  For just a few grand, you can make up to 800 wheel horsepower reliably.  You can make more still drive it on the road daily if you like (if done well).

– Cockpit interior:  Interior design is one of a kind, unlike anything out there on the market.

– Lightweight:  3300lb!  This matters to me for many reasons, one of them being I do enjoy road coarse racing.  Many modern vehicles are pushing the 4000lb threshold, and although they pull it off seamlessly, a light vehicle will always have advantages.  Also, you can move faster with less power (common physics).

– Rarity / Exotic and Timeless look:  Only a few thousand made, so it is rare.  The look is classy and very muscular, yet different than anything else out on the road.  When you see one on the road, you can’t help but say to  yourself, “Oh look, it’s a Supra!”

Let’s jump to the chase:  What can I replace it with?  Why do I want to replace it with something else?  After deciding that owning a second vehicle would make more sense (note: I already own a practical and potent daily driver), here is what I began comparing against:

Contenders

– Nissan R35 GTR:   It meets most of the Supra criteria listed above, but it is also $65k+.  For that money, I would feel guilty driving it around.  I know I would leave the GTR in automatic mode all the time.  Also, I enjoy vehicles that require work to drive properly (my preference), thus not having a 6spd would not fit the bill.  I do not like the looks of it.  I do not need to have the latest technology to beat everyone on the road.

– Porsche 911 Turbo (any year):  Only flaw I could find for these vehicles is ability and ease to work on it, as well as the price.  Changing sparks plugs is an affair, and the world knows I love to tinker!  I’m not fond of the 996 body style either, which seems to have the lowest resale value of all other years (I wonder why?!) :/

– Audi TTRS:  This seems like a good contender.  APR stage3 gets you to 600hp, has back seats, AWD (actually FWD with AWD bias when needed), rare, nice body lines.  Due to the naturally turbo charged engine from factory, upgrading for more power should be a no-brainer.  Also, 3200 lb vehicle weight!  I’ve read of mediocre reviews on the TTRS as far as handling and power delivery.  Not that I would drive it to the edge everyday.  So, this remains a contender.

– American muscle:  We have the new Stingray, the GT500, the new Viper.  Neither have back seats (other than the GT500).  Super expensive ($90k+), leaving only the GT500.  Not very fond of the ford’s interior.  Also heavy.  Exterior is gorgeous at some angles.  You do see many Mustangs on the road, even though this model is unique, it may not catch the eye of your standard driver.  A contender but at the bottom of my list.

– BMW Z3M/Z4M Coupe:  This one breaks the “no back seats” rule, but it is one sexy car.  Not fond of the Z3 “clown shoe” look, so lets focus on the Z4M Coupe.  Spartan interior and materials.  S54 power addition doesn’t come cheap, nor easy for a non-turbo charged factory engine.  It is just a contender since I love to stare at one for hours, period.

– Aston Martin, Lamborghini:  $$$

– Ferrari F355:  I love this one, and the price isn’t that bad.  Classic V8 flat-crank sound.  Unfortunately, low on power compared to today’s standards, servicing cost is a nightmare, finding parts is a nightmare, it isn’t a vehicle I would feel comfortable driving around to work when all my coworkers drive Kia and Priuses.

– Mercedes C63 and other variants:  The Mercedes bridges the gap between American muscle and European finesse, but I’ve not been fond of AMG for having driven and owned previous models.  I haven’t really known anyone who’s owned an AMG vehicle that didn’t require frequent servicing or repairs, or used a lot of oil, you name it.  Still, it would be a contender although the image of Mercedes to me has always been similar to Cadillac:  My grandparent’s sports car.

– Cadillac CTS-V and other variants:  They get expensive, and am not fond of the sheet metal design of their latest offerings.  Very heavy vehicles as well.

– Subaru 2014 WRX (concept currently:  This one is peaking my interest for many reasons.  I love the design thus far.  I would rather skip the four door approach, but I believe they integrated this one nicely.  It isn’t a contender yet, but one that I’m watching.

– 90s hotrods:  Acura NSX (no back seats, limited power adaptability, not too fond of interior quality), 300ZX (cramped engine bay, not too fond of the exterior shape, sub-par interior quality), RX7 (Very elegant, but I’ll pass.  Besides, an LS swap would be the first thing I would want to do to it, and i’m not looking forward to Frankenstein vehicles), Mitsubishi GSX (I had one!  Transmission is the weakest link bar none), Mitsubishi EVO (Not exclusive enough, although I respect the EVO for what is has been capable of, interior is very grocery-getter like)

In the end, I could not justify selling the Supra, although others may have legitimate reasons for doing so (financial, garage space, wife, kids college, etc).  So the decision had been made a long time ago that it won’t be sold and will always be a project vehicle going forward.  This will entail many hours in the garage servicing, upgrading, modifying, many things that we all enjoy doing since we can’t just leave it alone for more than a few weeks.  So, it will satisfy my bug for tinkering for years to come.

I cannot find a perfect Supra-like addition to the family, given all of my criteria.  Having said that, I am still on the quest for a Supra-like replacement of which has all the qualities, can make good reliable horsepower, but can be used as my “enjoyable” sports car while the Supra is under the knife.

You are more than welcome to comment your thoughts and opinions!   Please be kind in your comments!

(This post reflects my opinions and musings.  All comparisons are solely based on my judgement and criteria.  I plan to update this list as I keep searching for the perfect Supra replacement!)