College Students Are Building The Supra Roadster That Toyota Won't


College Students Are Building The Supra Roadster That Toyota Won't

The Toyota Supra returned to the United States after a 21-year absence, but fans wanting the wind in their hair were disappointed as the model is available exclusively as a coupe.

This wasn’t terribly surprising, but it’s a bit odd considering the Supra’s twin is the BMW Z4 Roadster. While previous reports have suggested the company is open to a targa variant, students from Japan’s Nihon Automobile College decided to build their own Supra Spider.

Set to debut at next month’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the one-off model draws inspiration from the Supra that was featured in the Fast and Furious franchise. Little is known about the car at this point, but the build pictures show it has been equipped with an aggressive body kit that features extended fender flares and a large front splitter.

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Of course, the biggest changes occur aft of the A-pillar as the roof and rear hatch have been removed. The latter has been replaced by a custom decklid that flows into the fenders and features an integrated rear spoiler. The team installed scissor doors and additional vents.

The photos suggest there have been some engine modifications, but there’s no word on specifics. However, the Supra is offered with three engines in Japan.

The entry-level unit is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 194 hp (145 kW / 197 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Customers can also upgrade to a more powerful four-cylinder engine that develops 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Of course, the real star of the show is a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.


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College Students Are Building The Supra Roadster That Toyota Won'tCollege Students Are Building The Supra Roadster That Toyota Won'tCollege Students Are Building The Supra Roadster That Toyota Won't

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