|Johns NA Supra 2JZ-GTE conversion|
I worked for Toyota NZ in the 90's and had the privilege of being taken out for a joy ride in the managing directors Euro spec 240kw Supra when they had just been released, briefly at the time said to be the fastest front engine production car in the world. Whatever the truth, its performance for the time was right on the outer edge, remember this is way before Evos and STIs made their mark. Once tasted there was no going back and I kept hoping they would come down in price, but they never did. I bought my last car, a Caldina GTT for $29k when the same mileage RZ was $67k. I watched 350Zs and RX8s plummet in price to below RZs - nice cars but not in the same league. But still RZ prices hold, and we all know why. Finally I thought I had to be in a Supra at least, and bought a mint SZ-R in January. This had the same 6spd manual and torsen diff but no turbos. At least I had the handling and the physical presense. After a few weeks though the otherwise impressive non turbo performance started gnawing away at me - it was quite a bit slower than where I'd got my Caldina up to - and began researching creating an NA-T.
And now that I have actually got my own RZ - yes after all these years it's still true, once you've tasted the special world of the mkiv Supra turbo, there is no going back, you simply can't settle for anything else.
Last modified on Thursday, June 22nd, 2006