You might not think “sports car” when you hear the word “Toyota,” but the truth is, Toyota has produced many speedy cars that can go zero to 60 with the best of them. While you certainly won’t find any of these Toyotas being compared to Lamborghini or Ferrari, the following models are prime examples of Toyota’s innovative engineering and design expertise that have helped make them one of America’s favorite cars.
1. Supra Twin Turbo
The fastest Toyota of all time, the Supra Twin Turbo boasted an astounding 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds. A combination sports car and grand tourer, the Supra Twin Turbo was a derivation of the Toyota Celica, taking a few nods from the limited-production 2000GT. Although it was only in production in the United States from 1978 until 1998, production continued in Japan until 2002 when the car was permanently scratched.
In addition to its impressive 0-60 speed, the Supra Twin Turbo could reach a top speed of 156 mph – and this was during a time when its 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine was a standout on the road. That’s an impressive feat, considering that it remains Toyota’s fastest car to date.
2. MR2 Turbo
This two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports car was produced in Japan from 1984 to 2007, though American buyers could only find it on Toyota lots until 2005. Although other MR2s were on the market, they couldn’t compete with the MR2 Turbo, which could go 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. This was thanks to the model’s 260 horsepower, which could easily compete with any modern vehicle despite the fact that production ended over a decade ago.
One of the standout features of the MR2 Turbo is that it was designed to be small, so it handled well while still being big on style and function. Models produced in the 1990s were even compared stylistically to Ferrari, making it a popular, more affordable option for the average driver.
3. Camry SE V6
It might surprise you to learn that a sedan is among Toyota’s quickest cars, but the SE V6 can go 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. It even has a top speed of 128 mph. The 2012 model debuted as a revitalization of Toyota’s core qualities – style, economy, and performance – but its top speed certainly impressed. What’s more, after already being America’s best-selling passenger car in more than a decade, the 2012 Camry SE V6 set the bar for Camry’s seventh generation, creating a legacy that has continued to this day.
Even now, the Camry is exceptionally quick compared to other cars in its class.
4. Celica GT-Four
With a top speed of 153 mph, the Celica GT-Four could go 0-60 in 5.9 seconds – and this is an old school car we’re talking about. This high-performance model featured full-time AWD and a turbocharged 3S-GTE engine. In fact, it was created to perform in the 1988 World Rally Championship, so everything about the car was designed around its performance and handling.
The Celica GT-Four took home the victory at the 1989 Rally in Australia, cementing its place among Toyota’s greats.