A Visual History of the Toyota Supra: Glorified Celica to Fastly Furious Movie Star

A Supra Visual History: From Glorified Celica to Fastly Furious Movie StarWhat’s in a Name?About that engine: The original 1979 Celica Supra is powered by a 110-hp 2.6-liter inline-six. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. In our testing, the torque-rich six pushes the Celica Supra to 60 mph in 11.2 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 18.4 seconds at 76 mph—acceptable for the time but nothing to marvel at. As the first-generation Celica Supra’s run comes to a close, it graduates to a larger 2.8-liter inline-six producing 116 horsepower.How Supra Found Its GrooveThe second-gen Celica Supra bows for the 1982 model year and swaps the old model’s live rear axle for independent semi-trailing arms, a setup that helps earn it fourth place—beating a Ferrari, a Lotus, and two Porsches—in a 1984 Car and Driver comparison test seeking the best-handling imported car. And in 1985, the Toyota finishes second to the Audi Coupe GT in an eight-car battle to determine the best sports coupe in America. Underhood, a new twin-cam 2.8-liter inline-six corrals 145 horses, making it 29 ponies stronger than the single-cam unit it replaced.Turbo Power!Fourth Time’s the CharmForced induction remains on the menu. While the standard 1993 Supra makes do with a 220-hp 3.0-liter inline-six, the Supra Turbo piles another 100 ponies atop that—courtesy of a pair of turbochargers—for a total of 320. In our testing, a six-speed manual Supra Turbo rockets to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile marker after 13.8 seconds at 106 mph. Both figures best those posted by the contemporary Chevrolet Corvette, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, Nissan 300ZX Turbo, and Porsche 968—all sports cars it beats in a September 1993 comparison test in this magazine. (In March of that year, we’d coaxed a particularly brisk Supra Turbo to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and through the quarter in 13.1 seconds at 109 mph.)Alas, the Supra Turbo loses its place atop the comparison-test throne in August 1997, when it is defeated by the BMW M3. Despite placing third (the then new 1997 Chevrolet Corvette takes home silver), the Supra Turbo exhibits dynamics that continue to impress us mightily, and a mere two points separate the Toyota and the BMW in our scoring. Sadly, media praise and factory price cuts weren’t reversing the Supra’s stalled sales. Toyota ditches the Supra in America, and 1998 marks the breed’s final year of U.S. sales.Fast, FuriousToyota, the TeaseSeven years after pulling the cover off the FT-HS design exercise, Toyota brings another sports car concept to Detroit. This time dubbed FT-1, the low-slung concept car has slinky coupe styling that tears at fans’ heartstrings. Could this finally signal the Supra’s return?’sup, Supra?The Supra’s return is linked with, of all things, that of a new BMW. Toyota’s resurrected coupe is based on a platform shared with the forthcoming BMW Z4 roadster, and its inline-six will be derived from a BMW unit. Expect an eight-speed automatic transmission to guide the engine’s 300-plus horses to the new Supra’s rear wheels. The coupe is set to arrive before 2020—but not before a few more concepts and teases.

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A Visual History of the Toyota Supra: Glorified Celica to Fastly Furious Movie Star

Here Are All Six Things the 2019 GMC Sierra’s Wild MultiPro Tailgate Can Do

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The major news from GMC’s unveiling of the new 2019 Sierra pickup truck included the announcement of a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six and a bed that incorporates carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic paneling. But the flashiest, coolest, and most fun part of the new Sierra is the MultiPro tailgate, which smartly incorporates various built-in hinges to help with ingress and egress, load stopping, second-tier loading, and access to the bed. Allow us to explain how it all works.

GMC touts the MultiPro’s six different functions, but that includes the normal up-and-down movement of the whole tailgate, so, um, okay. It’s damped for slow opening, which can be done by hand or by two clicks on the remote.

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Within the full tailgate is a secondary cutout that extends to within a few inches of either side and stops at the space just below the large GMC logo. On the inside of this cutout is another flap that can hinge up and out toward the rear of the truck. With the tailgate folded down, that inside flap can be deployed in various ways, including as a stopper for an extended load.

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Technically, there is no physical tailgate handle. The operations are controlled by two buttons that are stacked in between two camera lenses, where you would expect a conventional release. Press only the top button, and the main tailgate remains closed, while the small cutout (which GMC calls the inner gate) hinges down via two swing arms and stops parallel to the ground to make a tablelike standing workspace. In this configuration, the back flap can be unfolded to act as a load stopper for extended second-tier loading above the wheel wells. As an example, GMC cited large sheets of plywood above other cargo.

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The inner gate serves other functions as well. Press the bottom button to let the tailgate down, then press the top button to let the cutout down. This allows people to step into the space where the tailgate normally is, and it gives users easier access to the bed for loading or unloading cargo.

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Taking it one step further, the aforementioned flap can be unfolded while both the tailgate and the cutout are let down, creating a stairway into the bed (it can take up to 375 pounds of human weight). In this position, the main part of the tailgate can be used as a place to sit with a footrest, and the sides of the main gate even have “cupholder” indents.

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The final piece of this do-everything package is not part of the tailgate itself. GMC attached a black handle bar to the driver’s side of the inner bed, which stows in a vertical position. Unlock the bar from the bottom, and it hinges at the top, eventually locking in a diagonal position (not pictured). This provides a convenient handhold to aid those stepping up into the bed of the truck.

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The whole thing is pretty cool, seems extremely well thought out, and should be quite useful. The MultiPro tailgate is standard on both SLT and Denali models, the only trim levels GMC has revealed so far. We’re guessing it could be offered as an option on less pricey models, but the company won’t talk about those yet. Those who are still skeptical can try it out in person when the 2019 GMC Sierra hits dealerships in the fall.

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Here Are All Six Things the 2019 GMC Sierra’s Wild MultiPro Tailgate Can Do

Here Are All Six Things the 2019 GMC Sierra’s Wild MultiPro Tailgate Can Do

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Here Are All Six Things the 2019 GMC Sierra’s Wild MultiPro Tailgate Can Do

The HD Diesel Pickup Has Attained a Level of Beastliness Bordering on Silly

The HD Diesel Pickup Has Attained a Level of Beastliness Bordering on Silly

At Deere & Company World Headquarters, the lawn is immaculate. The Deere complex in Moline, Illinois, is a midcentury Eero Saarinen masterpiece, low steel buildings hugging lushly forested hills. Nary a blade of grass is amiss. There sure would be, though, if they let me out of the showroom with the sweet model 648L grapple skidder that’s parked inside. With 756 pound-feet of torque and a ground-hugging weight of 39,340 pounds, that sucker could do some major damage in my hands. I know this because they have training simulators inside, and I did major virtual damage with every one of them. Next time you see a dump truck, check out the top portion of the dump bed. It’s probably all scarred up. Now I know why. As they say in the business, ’tis a fine dance betwixt bucket loader and dump truck, ’tis a fine dance, indeed. You hear that at job sites everywhere, just as sure as John Deere was founded by the man whose products still bear his name: Mr. Bob Tractor. READ MORE ››

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The HD Diesel Pickup Has Attained a Level of Beastliness Bordering on Silly

Name Gamer: Sport-Replacing 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Driven!

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-When the fourth generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe goes on sale at the end of 2018, the brand will be well on its way to completely relaunching its entire SUV lineup—although this revamp comes with a little confusion. This new Santa Fe is effectively a replacement for the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. Today’s longer-wheelbase Santa Fe will continue for one more model year, rechristened the Santa Fe XL, until a new three-row SUV under a new name debuts for the 2020 model year. Along with the new Kona and fuel-cell Nexo, there will be a new Tucson and a smaller-than-Kona crossover by 2021, too. If you’re counting, that’s six new or redesigned SUVs in half as many years. READ MORE ››

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Name Gamer: Sport-Replacing 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Driven!

Detroit-Built Mahindra Roxor Off-Road Vehicle Revealed: Is This the Mini Jeep We Need?

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Detroit-Built Mahindra Roxor Off-Road Vehicle Revealed: Is This the Mini Jeep We Need?