Right about now Toyota is easily one of the best on the world-wide market (if not the best), and, thanks to the wise marketing moves and the no-BS low-budget and reliable/durable cars, they’re currently #9 in the Fortune 500 list. And no matter what angle you look at the Japanese giant from, it still looks good: you’ve got the Tacoma and Tundra rivaling the best American pick-up trucks, the hybrid vehicles (with the Prius upfront), conquering the globe with efficiency and affordability, Toyota’s fastest cars and, of course, the sedans (Camry, Corolla, anyone?), with badges like “the best-seller in the US” and “over 40 million units sold”. So, it’s safe to say that Toyota has centered its attention on the “Morgan customer base” – the middle-class folks with mortgages, credits and bills to pay. As it turns out, these people have all the money in the world, you just gotta be good enough to get their attention. That’s right, today the company is all about that low-budget product, pushing the concept of reliable efficiency to the limit. However, back in the day Toyota had been known as the king of sports cars, beating even the most esteemed Japanese pros like Nissan, or, say, Mitsubishi.
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Celica, MR-2 & Supra – The Golden Stars Of Fast Cars
If you’re a fan of the fast, edgy and simply awesome vehicles of the 2000+ era, then you definitely know about the legendary Celica, MR-2, and, of course, Supra. The last one was the main star in the very first Fast & Furious movie. Yep, that dope orange Toyota car that late Paul Walker’s character was driving. Now, one could say that with the economical disaster of 2008 and the quite recent financial crash in 2015 that was actually a super smart move: nobody has the bucks to buy luxury fast cars, everybody’s just trying to get by! On the other hand, after a crisis you usually get a super boost, so who knows, who knows…The good news is, Toyota has finally awaken and is now ready to get back into the world of fast cars – we’ve got the FT-1 concept, the new Supra, the new Celica, and maybe even the next generation MR-2. However, none of those releases have been officially confirmed, so right now all we can do is cross our fingers (and toes) and hope for the best. And for now, let’s take a trip into history and talk about Toyota’s own monsters – the fastest and the most amazing cars to date.
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota MR2 Spyder
So, let’s back it up a decade or two and witness Toyota’s glory in speed and drive. There’s a lot to admire, plenty to celebrate. The first-gen MR-2 made a tiny revolution with now-trademark Toyota approach – top quality for an affordable price-tag. The second gen established the model as a strong contestant among the best of the bests; but it was the third generation – the MR2 Spyder – that really made its impact on American soil. It was a sportier, up-to-date and generally better version of the standard MR2. This sleek bastard could jump from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds, which, at that time, was pretty impressive. The car featured a 4-cyl engine that wasn’t really that strong: 138 Horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. So, yeah, the MR2 Spyder is not Toyota’s fastest car in history, not even close. However, it does have its rightful place among the elite thanks to the superb handling and the playboy design. If you want to feel the adrenaline, the MR2 is your best bet.
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota Celica
Celica is the second member of Toyota’s “Triple Threat Team”, and, as you might already know, the company released countless editions and versions of this one. Today we’re talking about the Toyota’s fastest cars, so, I’m happy to say that the quickest one was (and still is to this date) the 1.8 VVTLi T-Sport edition. The powertrain was pretty strong, with a max speed of 140 miles per hour and a 0-to-60MPH time of 7 seconds sharp. As the name suggests, the Celica featured a 1.8-lit 4-cylinder engine that was good for 189HP. You’re right, compared to what we have today those numbers don’t really make you jump up in excitement (even the most low-budget and family-friendly models these days have better characteristics), but back in the day this car was considered one of the fastest ones on the market. If you ever played the Need For Speed video-game (Underground, to be precise), then you definitely felt the kick the Celica gives you on the road, even if it’s a virtual one.
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota Camry Solara SE Sport
I know, it’s kinda strange to see a Camry listed as one of Toyota’s fastest cars, but this baby packed a pretty mighty powertrain! With a 3.3-lit 24-valve V6 under that hood, the Camry Solara was 225 Horses-strong, with 240 lb-ft of torque and a 0-to-60 jump in 6.9 seconds. Yep, not bad for a family-friendly sedan, huh? Truth be told, this wasn’t just a regular edition of the best-selling model, but rather an attempt by the company to “crossbreed” affordability with luxury: you had top-quality comfort, with cozy seats, high-end materials and finishing and a spacious interior along with strong mechanics and almost race track-ready numbers. It’s too bad that this model never got the attention it deserved, however, given the fact that semi-experimental models like this often serve as a sort of ground-testers, I believe Toyota used the experience and developments from the Solara Sport in the future models.
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota Camry SE V6
What?! Another Camry in the list! Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you are, but you can’t really go against facts. And the Camry SE V6 earned this spot, nobody gave it to her (him?) This car is the perfect example of what makes the Japanese company’s sedans so exceptional and popular among the middle-class Americans. It’s stylish, comfortable, affordable, and, surprising enough, fast, especially compared to the competition on the market. And while top speed is not that great – 128 miles per hour – this “family-oriented” vehicle flies from zero to 60MPH in 5.8 seconds! The Camry SE V6 proves that Toyota still has what it takes to create mighty (and low-budget) powertrains that allow for almost sports car-level acceleration and speed. I mean, compared to the legendary MR2 and Celica, this one is the obvious champ!
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota MR2 Turbo
The MR2 Turbo is the fastest edition of the legendary sports car. The powertrain could easily top 260 Horses, which, even by modern standard, is pretty solid (even though production ended 1.5 decades ago). Acceleration is quick, it takes only 5.7 seconds for the MR2 Turbo to go from zero to 60 miles per hour, and with a decent top speed this car is considered to be one of the fastest cars in Toyota’s line-up. And that’s pretty much all I have to say about it.
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota Supra 3.0 Turbo
The Supra 3.0 Turbo was the triumph of Toyota’s engineers after the Mark IV. This beautiful monster could easily go from rest to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, significantly faster than the MR2 Turbo. Actually, if you take some time and check, you’ll see that not a lot of modern-day sports cars can offer acceleration that quick. Obviously, it was the magical turbocharged 3.0-lit engine that made it all happen; however, even this car isn’t the fastest Toyota model to date. Yeah, there’s one last left! Wanna know which one is it? Read on!
Toyota’s Fastest Cars: Toyota Supra Twin Turbo – The Fastest Toyota Car Ever
This is it, ladies and gentlemen, the greatest sports car of all times and Toyota’s fastest cars. After the twin-turbo technology became a reality many experts simply didn’t believe the numbers the engineers were claiming: Toyota officials said the Toyota Supra Twin Turbo was capable of a 4.6 seconds jump and a top speed of 156 miles per hour. And it was true! When the super-anticipated edition finally came around, everybody fell in love with it. During the early 90s the Supra was the king of the road – nobody could beat it in a fair fight. In a way, after Mr. Paul Walker’s shocking death, his favorite Toyota Supra died along with him. But there’s still a light at the end of the tunnel, and, with Toyota’s upcoming sports cars, I believe that light will only become brighter and stronger.
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