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Comment of the Day: You've Got The Supra All Wrong

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Everyone is anticipating the new Toyota Supra (still!) wondering if it will stand up to the last one, if it will be a success. The thing is, those aren’t the same thing.

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I remember this still because I grew up when the JZA80 Supra was a new car, and I remember not being into it at all. It seemed like an kind of heavy, overpriced Corvette rival, one that didn’t make all that much power stock. I wasn’t considering that it held one of the most tunable engines of all time, but that wasn’t on my mind.

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What I mean to say is that America didn’t really “get” the last Supra, even though it was sold here.

This came up today while we were looking over which parts, exactly, the A90 Supra shares with Rolls-Royce (and other BMWs), and reader Epic Failure chimed in to say that all of you disappointed about the new Supra aren’t remembering the iconic JZA80 right:

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I remember writing about the NSX in the same vein as well. That car really felt like it was overstaying its welcome towards the end, there.

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And it makes me wonder what other cars didn’t quite get their due at the time. There’s a lot out there, for sure.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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I recall discovering and getting super into the NSX in 94 (I had eschewed the Supra Turbo at the time, because the NSX looked so much cooler.)

By 2005 I was having a really hard time attempting to justify its continued static existence in the face of cars like the Ferrari F430.

And it WAS a sales dog, because it was a hand assembled in Japan car with limited practicality and sales appeal, for $90,000 and still came with a tape player. The interior was clearly from the 90's although we now wax nostalgic about how simple and clean and trim the lines are.

Reference: (206 NSXes sold in 05 in the US.)

http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2013/07/acura-nsx-sales-figures-usa-canada/

Hardly anyone except the die hard Honda/Acura fans cared about the car after that point, up until Honda said they were going to release the new one in the most blasphemous strategy possible, and then prices shot straight the fuck up.

I loved mine, but I recall driving around in my ‘91 and not being able to lose the Ford Focus ST behind me in a straight line on dry smooth pavement. That was pretty sobering even if it didn’t quench my love for it.