Reviews of the highly anticipated Toyota Supra have been pouring in recently. Most have been positive, praising the car’s sporting dynamics, but there’s obviously been some comments made about the links between the Supra and you know who – the BMW Z4.
Anyway, that’s not the focus of today’s discussion. The topic in hand is actually cut-price alternatives to the Supra – you know, seeing how it starts at over £50,000 and all.
Setting the bar at £10,000 and not a penny more, here’s what’ll give you Supra thrills for less than a quarter of the price!
2004 – 2008
For the budget we’re going with, you’ll be able to pick up one of these 3.5-litre beasts in seriously good condition – with under 50,000 miles on the clock too. What are the similarities between this and the Supra? Well, they’re both powerful six-cylinder, rear-drive Japanese coupes developing over 300bhp – a recipe for fun no doubt. It’s just the 350Z is a smidge cheaper to buy – £40,000 cheaper to be exact.
Ford Mustang GT
1994 – 2004
Let’s bring some American muscle into the equation. If you live in the UK, be aware you’ll have to do some digging to find a good one, but it’ll be worth it. There’s a reason these things are so popular back in the good old US of A and now across the world – affordable performance. The Mustang GT may not be as quick as the new Supra, but you really can’t go wrong with a roaring 4.6-litre V8.
Mazda RX-8 R3
2008 – 2012
The rotary legend that is the Mazda RX-8 is a car worthy of a spot on this Supra alternatives list. This particular one, the R3, came about towards the end of the model’s lifecycle. Over the standard variant, this one has updated styling, a stiffened bodyshell, revised dampers, spring, bushes and anti-roll bars. You get all this along with a raspy rotary exhaust note for under £10,000. Just keep in mind it’s not the most reliable car in the world in terms of its engine.
BMW Z4 3.0 si coupe
2006 – 2009
If people are so hung up on the new Supra being based on a Z4, why not just get a Z4? Of course, on a £10,000 budget you won’t be able to get the latest one of which the new Supra is based on, though the model we’ve got lined up is pretty cool anyway. This 3.0-litre six-cylinder coupe has 261bhp – some 184bhp less than the 2020 Supra – meaning although it’s not blisteringly fast, it can still throw you back in your seat once in a while.
1986 – 1993
Do you know what’s a good alternative to the Toyota Supra? Well, a Toyota Supra of course – that being the classic third generation model. This iteration of the Japanese sports coupe can actually be had for under £10,000. While it might not be as iconic as its successor, the A80, the A70 still has ‘80s charm and is a complete and utter bargain at this price point.