Toyota dips its toe into super-rare waters with three-car production run – and a mind-bending asking price
By Matt Bird / Monday, 11 September 2023 / Loading comments
We all know that a lot of limited-run sports cars are aimed at collectors. Too valuable, too powerful, too impractical to really be used regularly, they’re destined for a life in one portfolio or another. It’s seldom, however, that manufacturers concede so openly that its special edition is intended solely for collections. And surely nobody would ever bank on Toyota being the manufacturer to create the air-conditioned garage special.
This is the Supra GT4 100 Edition, which celebrates 100 examples of the GT4 race car being delivered. You might remember Toyota did similar with a 50 Edition about 18 months ago, and you can guess what milestone that celebrated. This car very much follows the template of that one: Plasma Orange, special badges, carbon aero bits and the 3.0-litre straight six, only here with the full 450hp that the GT4 gets (you’ll have noticed the distinctive larger bonnet vent; at the back it gets a new exhaust system, minus the silencer).
So it’s not road-legal and nor does it comply with GT4 regulations. The 100 is strictly meant as a track day toy. Of course, whether or not buyers will want to drive a vastly expensive, one-of-three special edition on circuit is a different matter.
That’s right, just three, half as many as for the 50 Edition. And a car designed ‘exclusively for collectors’. You can well understand keeping it in the carcoon with the sort of rarity and special status to consider. On the other hand, there’d be no danger of seeing a 100 Edition at your super exclusive track day…
“With the GR Supra GT4 and the GR Supra GT4 Evo, we have worked with our customers to develop a race car that teams around the world can use to achieve success. Thanks to the trust and enthusiasm of our customers, we have reached this milestone of 100 vehicles in just three years, which is very positive, said Hendrik Schietzel, Customer Racing Manager at Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe. “The three examples of the GR Supra GT4 ‘100 Edition’ are made for collectors and friends of Toyota, who will have the chance to have a lot of fun on track with this extraordinary vehicle.”
Three wealthy friends, too. The 100 Edition costs from €220,000 plus taxes and deliveries, which makes it tens of thousands more than the actual race car – launched at €186,000 last year. Still, exclusivity never came cheap. That’s the global allocation, too, with a car for Europe, one for North America and the final one for Asia. Wonder what happens if they sell 150 race cars…
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