Base line models were naturally aspirated with a hard top, but still boasted a 200hp power engine and all the amenities of a GT such as Air coditioning, power steering/windows/seats, heated glass & mirrors, 16" wheels.
Comsumers Cars Best New Cars of 1989.
"Think of it as a Porsche 928 with a $50,000 rebate.", "Excellent Ride and handling in a sophisticated and powerfull sports car", "The best looking sports car to come from Japan.", and "Comparies well in terms of horsepower.. The best ride comfort in the group" Comapred to the Corvette, Camero, 300Z, and Porsche 944.
Car and Driver April 1989.
"The Supra will impress you as favorably on freeways as it does on two-lane roads." And "Snaky secondary roads can be taken at silky-smooth, highspeed cruise or attacked with full tail-out, junk yard dog abandon."
Motor Trend's 1989 New Car Buyers Guide.
"It weights 300 pounds more than a Corvette yet it feels smaller and lighter. It establishes a 0.87g lateral acceleration, yet it produces a suppleness of ride the Corvette cannot approach."
All engines have an incredible amount of strength and potential. Many people achieving 500rwhp and some going as far as 700-800rwhp. These cars are underrated and unappreciated. However, it increases the stealth factor.
Head gasket problems (BHG) were caused by Toyota torque specs being too low along with having a composite head gasket.
The MkIII was powered by a 1G, 7M, and 1JZ engine between 1986.5 and 1992 in the United States.