Every Toyota Sports Car You Should Know

Take a closer look at each Toyota sports car on the market today, plus a tour of Toyota’s sporting history.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Ever since the Sports 800 was revealed at the 1962 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has been a contender in the world of sports cars. The sleek and spunky
halo car and the shockingly affordable GR86 are the Toyota sports cars you can buy today—and Toyota’s getting ready to welcome a sporty version of the beloved
When you hear the name “Toyota,” what comes to mind? Practicality, dependability, and safety are among the make’s most celebrated strengths—that’s why so many families turn to Toyota for sensible cars like the
or the
But driving a Toyota doesn’t have to be boring, and we're here to prove it with a guide to Toyota’s sports cars, from 1962 to now. 
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Does Toyota make sports cars?

If you think of Toyota as a mom car generator, think again. As of 2022, Toyota has two of the best affordable sports cars on the market in the Supra and the GR86, and Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance division is set to release a tuned-up version of the Corolla hatchback: the 2023 GR Corolla. 
Want to take a closer look at the specs? Let’s break it down. 

2023 Toyota Supra

The Toyota GR Supra is a sleek, powerful phoenix with a six-cylinder engine. The original Supra, introduced in Europe in 1982, rode through four glorious generations before stopping production in 2003—but after 16 dark years, the Supra rose from the ashes in 2019 to become one of the best sports cars on the market
The current fifth-generation GR Supra, starting at an estimated $45,000 for the 2023 model year, shares much of its DNA and many of its parts with the
convertible. That high pedigree makes it Toyota’s most expensive sports car, but it’s still more affordable than competitors like the
Porsche 718 Cayman
($61,850) and the
Chevrolet Corvette
But at that more approachable price, the Supra delivers all the power and speed of a far more expensive car. The base 2.0 trim houses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the higher trims graduate to a 3.0-liter inline-six capable of churning out 382 hp and 368 lb-ft. And while the new Supra’s married those engines to a snappy eight-speed automatic transmission till now, the 2023 model is available with a six-speed manual for true driving enthusiasts
Best of all, the Supra’s a car that opens doors for drivers. Every Supra comes with a one-year National Auto Sport Association membership and a complimentary day at a high-performance driving event

2022 Toyota GR86

There’s no question about it—the Toyota GR86 is the best sports car you can buy for under $30,000
In fact, the base trim of the redesigned second-generation GR86 starts at just $28,725, and the Premium version goes for a mere $31,325—less than a
Camry XSE
. It’s also a driving enthusiast’s dream, with a perky little 2.4-liter flat-four that gets 228 hp and 184 lb-ft. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but anyone who doesn't
how to drive stick or manual cars
can pay a little extra for an automatic. 
Sure, if you’re looking for pure speed, the GR86 won’t quite keep up with the greats, but it scoots from zero to 60 in a respectable 5.4 seconds: plenty fast to offer sufficient enjoyment for anyone who loves to drive. But this phenomenal driving machine is still a Toyota through and through—safety tech and seating for four make it a functional daily driver without compromising on sheer driving fun

2023 Toyota GR Corolla

The most recent Toyota to receive Gazoo Racing’s sports car treatment is the Corolla hatchback. The GR Corolla, starting at an estimated $32,000, should hit dealerships by the end of 2022—and it’s a hot hatch to admire. 
Imagine a Corolla, with all its practicality, fuel economy, and dependability—but the heart of a race car. That’s the GR Corolla hatch, which promises to answer the dreams of automotive purists. A tuned-up 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine married to a standard six-speed manual transmission are the pumping heart of the GR Corolla, with a staggering 300 horsepower on offer and four different driving modes to suit your driving moods. 
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A history of the Toyota sports car

The Supra, GR86, and GR Corolla are just the latest chapters in Toyota’s long sports car history, which stretches back to the 1960s. Below is a timeline of the greatest moments in the history of the Toyota sports car. 
1962: Toyota unveils the original Sports 800 at the Tokyo Motor Show. This snug, fuel-efficient coupe, dubbed the Yota-Hachi by Japanese enthusiasts, made Toyota history as the make’s first true sports car. 
1967: The first 2000GT rolls off the production line, and history shifts. The sleek fastback coupe was Japan’s first supercar, but its retro appeal is as timeless as the original Coke bottle. Sean Connery drove a custom convertible version as 007 in You Only Live Twice, but only 337 2000GTs were ever sold, and none of them were open-top. 
1970: Seven generations of performance and comfort begin with the original Toyota
, a notchback coupe for the ages. The name derived from the Latin for heaven, and “heavenly” accurately describes the experience of driving one of these little beasts. 
1978:​​ The Celica gives birth to the first-generation Supra, a power ballad in auto form. A twin-turbocharged 3-liter engine, aggressive wheel arches, and a convenience package with power everything made the Supra a car ahead of its time—and destined it for long-term greatness. 
2011: Toyota and Subaru collaborate on the first
Toyota 86
, an affordable sports car that combines the best of performance driving with the solid power of a Toyota. 
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