1992 Toyota Supra MKIII Type R
Stock Number: 4400
This beautiful 1992 Toyota Supra 2.5 Twin Turbo R has just arrived at our showroom after a bit of an MKIII drought. Stunning good looks and sleek design are what made the A70 Supra so popular worldwide. This particular example is not your ordinary Supra either, this is one of the more highly sought after Twin Turbo R model. While aesthetically much the same the R had lighter sway bars, a larger intercooler, a Torsen differential, along with factory Recaros. While the wheels were originally slightly different, they've instead been replaced with a nicer set of 17" AVS Model 5s. While the stock ones are fine these certainly fit the sportier look of the Supra much better. To make sure that the ride height it dialed in properly HKS coilovers sit at all four corners. Finished in arguably the best color option, Toyota's classic Black (202) is always a great choice for these. The paint does show its age a bit with some swirls/scratches in the clear but no really concerning chips or flaking. While the paint isn't perfect, the body itself is in great shape. The long doors and sloping hood are largely dent and ding free. Being 28 years old it does have a few small imperfections, but nothing of real concern. It's a real shame that manufacturers stopped using pop up headlights, its what really makes the front on these.
Toyota didn't stop when they got to the interior. The cabin was rather well-appointed for being a sports car when you compare them to what other companies like Nissan were offering at the same time. The dash and gauges all have a low, wide feeling to them as if you just hopped into a cockpit. The gauges are all well laid out for you to keep an eye one without having to hunt for information. Since the stock boost gauge isn't the most accurate a proper Greddy mechanical one was added atop the steering column. The top of the dash does have a split, presumably from sun damage, atop the gauge cluster that we wanted to make note of since it doesn't show in the photos. The steering wheel is a particularly nice piece as it looks factory but is actually a Tom's racing wheel. It has the OEM feel unlike say a Momo or Nardi would which is what makes it such a great addition. The only other deviation from the factory is the 1.5 din radio which does work, however, you'll probably want to add something a bit newer ultimately. Factory Recaro buckets keep you and your passenger nice and snug when you get to throwing it around on the backroads. While the driver's seat does have some staining (which you can note in the photos) it has been spared from the more common bolster wear. The passenger seat is in great shape, and the back seats look hardly used. While the interior is in overall great shape it does have a few issues to note. For instance, the trim that goes around the door locks is missing on both panels as well as the top of the center console armrest. Luckily none of these have any impact on function and being that the MKIII was largely the same interior-wise for both the JDM and USMD models you could always source some replacements. The more important accessories are still functioning as they should; power-folding mirrors, power windows, power locks, and the automatic climate control.
The secret sauce of these rear-drive coupes is the R154 manual transmission and a high output 1JZ-GTE. The 1J twin-turbo engine, which as time has proven, turns out to be a much better engine than the 7M that was offered in it's U.S. counterpart. The straight six starts up quickly and idles well, and not to mention it pulls like a freight train. Shifts through the factory R154 5-speed transmission are smooth and the transmission is hitch-free. The clutch engages as it should and has no issue sending the power through the factory Torsen LSD differential. While these are quick in stock trim, this R has a few nice HKS upgrades. The intake helps to feed the twins and offers all the right noises when the turbos spool. The HKS blow off valve lets off that signature chirp between shifts that we all know and love. The real star of the show is the Silent HiPower catback exhaust. If you haven't heard a 1J at full chat then you're missing out. The noise it makes alone will have you boosting everywhere you go, so you've been warned. With only 97K verified miles the Supra is only just getting broken in. We have gone over it mechanically to ensure that it's in top shape. Four sticky new tires hug the AVS wheels as well as a full semi-synthetic oil and filter change. Even stateside these MKIII Supras are becoming a rare commodity. This Japanese example packs more power and more refinement under the same sheet metal. A tunable platform and legendary drivetrain make this generation a true modern Japanese classic.
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