As long as I can remember, one of the many cars that I have always wanted to own was a Toyota Supra. I wanted one so much that before I decided to move to Japan, I was contemplating on buying one for a project car. I was torn between wanting to buy the MK III or the MK IV Supra.
For the MK III Supra, I thought the overall design was good and as silly as it sounds, I have always been a fan of pop up lights. Yes I know they are horrible for aerodynamics and are not too pedestrian friendly if the worse is to happen. However, thanks to a brilliant movie franchise called The Fast and Furious (or Wild Speed), the price of the MK IV Supra really never came down despite being a relatively old vehicle. To me, I just couldn’t justify the cost for one.
I still want one though and that desire only amplified when I discovered that even in Japan, Supra’s tend to be a rare car. I discovered a two tone MK IV in Ginza a while back and it inspired me to feature a Supra. I then remembered I actually knew someone with a MK IV Supra on Facebook and decided to reach out to her. I knew Yuka san was still working on her 1996 Toyota Supra, but I wanted to get a closer look at it.
Yuka san has had her JZA80 for about one year now and has been slowly building it up to her perfect dream car. Believe it or not, the car she owned before this was a Honda Fit. That’s right, she went from a HONDA FIT to a TOYOTA SUPRA.
When I asked her why she made such a dramatic change, she told me that she always thought the Supra was a cool car. So, once she saved up enough money, she bought one. That was then, the modification bug started to bite.
The exterior styling of the MK IV Supra is and has been in my eyes, a visual masterpiece and Yuka san’s car is no exception to this, especially with the custom bayside blue paint job, which is more commonly found on the R34 GTR.
The color makes the car stand out among the sea of ‘beige’ cars that you will find in Tokyo. However, Yuka san thought that something was still missing. She then decided to lower the car on Cusco shock and springs: 18K in the front and 13K in the rear.
I was expecting the ride to be stiff and slightly uncomfortable due to the stiffness configuration, however, as we drove around Kanda and Akihabara, the suspension coped with the bumps without transmitting it to my lower spine.
Yuka san decided that the perfect wheels to match the car could only be a set of 18” Work Meisters S1R wrapped in Pinso Tires.
Working our way to the very back of the car, Yuka san replaced the original exhaust system with Kakimoto Racing exhaust system. This gave the car a nice growl but not so loud that it would piss off her neighbors and bystanders walking on the sidewalk (something that is very important to consider in Japan).
Yuka sans car just demands attention and for the most part while shooting, everyone who walked by could not help but stop and stare at Yuka’s Supra.
From random tourist visiting the shrine to people who actually worked at the shrine, they all would stop and just admire her car.
We did happen to piss off one leader of the shrine, but surprisingly, his followers thought differently about the car. We decided that it might be the perfect sign to move on to the next location just to be polite.
Riding shotgun with Yuka san, I got to witness first hand how the Supra would just draw attention. Almost at every light through the crowded streets of Akihabara, I could see cell phones and cameras pointed in our direction. I mentioned it to her and she just smiled and would let the 2JZ shout a little bit just to give the audience a little something extra before shifting gears.
Since this is an ongoing project and her daily driver, the engine department hasn’t been touched… Yet. Yuka san has big plans in her mind and one of those plans involve a set of turbos. I can’t wait to see what kind of power monster it might become.
The next question I had to ask Yuka san was one that I think everyone can guess and it involved the interior. The MK IV is visually stunning from the outside, but, on the inside… It’s like the engineers and design community at Toyota said ‘F it, this is good enough.’
Sitting behind the driver’s seat, EVERYTHING is being forced into your face. I can understand wanting the driver to have everything within arms reach, but it’s almost too much. Plus, since the console is tilted towards the driver, it almost creates this divide between the driver and passenger side of the car. When I mentioned this to her, she agreed with me that it was a very ‘interesting’ design, however because of that, it made it that much more cooler to her.
Yuka san has put in some special accents that really reflect her personality and it just reminds you that this amazing car belongs to a female driver.
Pink air fresheners and a cute little teddy bear hanging from the steering column are just some examples of her personality shining through.
She replaced the seats with Bride racing seats and the steering wheel with a quick release Momo steering wheel.
As the day came to a close, I got to have yet another one of those ‘ I love my job’ moments. I was able to meet yet another great car enthusiast and got to be around and ride in the car I wanted to buy Stateside. Hell, I just might buy one here!
So, maybe Yuka’s sans Supra is not the 1,000 HP monster that everyone expects out of a Supra, but it still is an amazing car. It is actually use able on the streets and it still demands attention when driving around. Since this is an ongoing project, I can’t wait to see what Yuka san will do next. Who said that a diamond was a girl’s best friend?