The Japanese Automaker – Toyota definitely isn’t the first automaker that comes to mind when you think of sports cars, but the Toyota has a steep history in making some incredible sporty machinery that you would love to own and drive. We list the Top 10 Toyota Sports Car for your driving pleasures.
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Check out the list of Top 10 Best Toyota Sports Car which is not only beautifully designed but has proven themselves over the years as an ultimate high-performance driving machine.
10. Toyota S800
In 1962 Tokyo Auto Show – Toyota introduced a 2-door roadster sports coupe called the Toyota Sports 800 or S800.
The S800 was Toyota’s first proper sports car as it went into full production in 1965. The Toyota S800 790 cc engine came from a 0.8-liter, two-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. This engine was sufficient enough to power the light car around town at 70 km/h (45 mph) or on a race track up to about 160 km/h (100 mph).
Making a modest 44 hp, the car weighed less than 580 Kg – Toyota S800 is an overall good looking, futuristic and fun to drive sports coupe featuring a space-age sliding canopy – it left a strong legacy for Toyota in the development of future sports car.
9. Toyota GT 86
The Toyota GT 86 is a series of 2+2 seater sports cars which was jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru and solely manufactured by Subaru. It features a boxer engine, front engine, rear wheel drive drivetrain, 2+2 seating and a fastback coupé body style.
Introduced in 2012 in Geneva Motorshow, the Toyota GT86 goes by many names around the world including Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.
This lightweight GT86 is designed with an emphasis on driving fun. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 200 hp and is available in both 6-speed manual or
6-speed A960E automatic transmission.
It’s designed was widely influenced from its predecessor – Toyota first sports-car S800 – given that both the S800 and the GT 86 share a boxer engine layout.
8. Toyota Soarer Turbo
The Toyota Soarer is a personal luxury GT coupé that was produced from 1981 to 2005 by Toyota and was sold in Japan. In Japan, it débuted with the Z10 series, replacing the exclusive Toyota Mark II Coupe, and the Toyota Crown Coupe.
Powered initially by two turbocharged engines but later with the inclusion of the 1JZ 2.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in 1991 that really made this car a road beast.
From different body styling – from 2-door GT coupe to 2-door convertible – the Toyota Soarer Turbo offers three different transmission packages – ranging from the 5-speed R154 manual, 5-speed W57/W58 manual and 4-speed A340E automatic having the world’s first electronically controlled semi-active full air suspension system in any car.
7. Toyota 2000GT
Arguably the best-looking and most beautifully designed Toyota Sports Car – the Toyota 2000GT. Built-in low numbers and demanding insanely expensive prices today, the 2000GT showed the world that Toyota could build a seriously good sports car in 1967.
The 2000GT revolutionized the automotive world’s view of Japan, then viewed as a producer of imitative and stodgily practical vehicles. Toyota 2000GT – a sleek, high-performance fastback, demonstrated its automakers could produce a sports car to rival the better marques of Europe and America.
Jointly produced by Toyota and Yamaha Motor Corporation – 2000GT is powered by a 2000-cc 6-cylinder engine that made 150 hp. Weighing just under 1,120 Kg, the 2000GT wasn’t the fastest car on the road, but it was a fun to drive and sure looked good no matter what speed it was traveling at.
The 2000GT design is widely considered a classic among 1960s Gran Turismo – and set numerous FIA world records for speed and endurance including the winning the of Fuji 1000 Kilometres race in 1967.
6. Toyota Sprinter Trueno
The Toyota Sprinter Trueno is a small, lightweight, compact sports coupés which were produced by Toyota from 1972 to 2004.
Used as a basis for everything from drift cars to everyday use passenger cars, the Toyota Sprinter Trueno comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that made between 112 and 128 hp depending on region and year.
Available as a coupe or a hatchback, the lightweight rear-wheel drive-car was the definition of budget motoring fun in the mid-1980s. With numerous model series produced for almost three-decades under different names including Toyota Corolla Levin – Toyota Sprinter Trueno was one of the most successful and affordable sports car produced by Toyota.
5. Toyota Celica AWD Turbos
The Toyota Celica was a sports car produced by Toyota from 1970 to 2006. The Celica is a nameplate that was around for a long time.
Available at times with rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, it’s the all-wheel-drive models that were something special. Called the GT-Four, in 1986, the first all-wheel-drive turbocharged Celica came to be powered by 190 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Through seven generations, the Celica model has gone through many revisions. It has also spawned design forks that were spun off to become separate models, including the Toyota Celica Supra (later Toyota Supra).
4. Toyota MR2
The Toyota MR2 is a two-seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car manufactured in Japan and marketed globally by Toyota from 1984 to 2007. It is Japan’s first mid-engined production car.
Initially available with naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines and one with a supercharger bolted on, when the second-generation MR2 came along, things got serious.
In North America, the MR2 could be had with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produced 200 hp. In Japan, that same powerplant could make as much as 241 hp out of the factory.
Conceived as a small, economical and sporty car, the MR2 employed straightforward design elements, including fully independent MacPherson strut front and rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and transverse-mounted inline-four engines.
3. Toyota GT-One
The Toyota GT-One (model code TS020) is a racing car initially developed for grand touring GT1 rules but later adapted into a Le Mans prototype LMGTP car. It raced in the 1998 and 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans – setting the 2nd, 5th, and 10th best times, easily beating out custom built prototypes which were meant to be the superior class.
Only two of these road-legal race cars were ever made, it was only built to serve one purpose – to compete in 24 hours of LeMans.
Powered by a mid-mounted 3.6-liter turbocharged V8 engine that makes upwards of 600 hp – required in order for the race car to qualify as a road car-based Grand Tourer. Both the cars were painted in red and fitted with a basic interior.
The price for each of the both cars is estimated to be around $ 1.3 million USD – and their current location is at the Toyota Motorsport GmbH headquarters in Cologne, Germany whereas the other one was put into a Museum in Japan.
2. Toyota Supra Turbo
Toyota Supra – is the sports car most associated with the brand and the one everyone wants Toyota to revive. It traces much of its roots back to the Toyota 2000GT with the main instance being its engine. The first three generations were offered with a direct descendant to the Toyota Crown’s and 2000GT’s M engine.
In 1986, the Supra would become a standalone model and performance would receive a major boost, thanks to more powerful six-cylinder engines in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged form – producing 145 hp (108 kW) and 155 lb·ft (210 N·m) of torque.
Available with both 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission option, the Supra performed as well or better than a lot of cars costing much more than the Toyota.
1. Lexus LFA
The Lexus LFA is a two-seat sports car from Lexus – a luxury car brand from Toyota. It is the second model in the F marque line of performance vehicles from Toyota/Lexus, following the IS F.
Designed as an incredible feat of engineering as a joint project between Toyota and Lexus Design Group, with a front-mid engine setup, the LFA’s 4.8-liter even-firing V10 engine was an absolute screamer that unleashed 552 hp using a 6-speed automated sequential gearbox.
With a base price starting of US$445,000, making Lexus LFA one of the most expensive Japanese road cars ever built. It has an exhaust note and driving experience matched by very few other cars ever made.