More and more, people over the last couple of decades have come to realize just how true Toyota’s old slogan “I love what you do for me” is holding up. The proof is in the pudding, as Toyota has become one of the world’s best selling car brands, and continues to lead the market in developing economical and reliable vehicles. From the company’s world-famous line of pickups, including the Tundra and Tacoma, to its hybrid vehicles like the Prius, Toyota has definitely made its mark on the automotive world.
Toyota has really set its sights on specializing in the consumer realm of the automotive atlas; it has never really been known for pumping out sports or performance vehicles, unlike other Japanese automakers like Nissan or Honda. Instead, Toyota does its damage in the sheer number of vehicles it sells, and by forever pushing the envelope towards more sustainable and fuel-efficient vehicles. A wise move, considering the volatile nature of gasoline prices over the past decade. That’s not to say the company hasn’t taken its shots at speedy and sporty cars. Over the years, the MR2, Supra and even the 2000GT have been mainstays of performance-vehicle lovers. There’s also the coming FCV and FT-HS, both of which have critics frothing at the mouth for a chance to get behind the wheel.
Still, Toyota doesn’t produce cars akin to the Ferraris or Lamborghinis of the world, but many of its vehicles can still hold their own on the average American street. Looking back through the years, we find many examples of Toyota’s engineering and design prowess producing vehicles capable of remarkable speeds. From the aforementioned MR2 and Supra lines to the modern day best selling Camry, there is plenty to celebrate and admire about Toyota’s attempts at building speedy automobiles. Here are the company’s 10 fastest vehicles of all time, arranged according to their acceleration time from 0-60 miles per hour. Horsepower and top speed were also taken into account, as well as torque. But overall, these cars represent Toyota’s quickest ten vehicles to date. Read on to see Toyota’s ten fastest vehicles.
10. MR2 Spyder
Breaking into the list at the number ten spot is the MR2 Spyder, a sporty, sleeker version of the popular MR2. The Spyder could reach 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds, besting many other MR2 versions, as well as almost all of the remainder of Toyota’s lineup. Loaded with an inline-four cylinder engine, the MR2 Spyder surprisingly only put out 138 horsepower, and 125 lb-ft of torque. It’s definitely not the fastest car Toyota has ever produced, but it still holds true as one of the most nimble. For a race-inspired driving experience, the MR2 Spyder certainly delivers.
9. Celica 1.8 VVTLi T-Sport
The Celica had dozens of configurations, and one of the quickest was the 1.8 VVTLi T-Sport. This Celica could reach a terminal speed of 140 miles per hour, along with a 0-60 time of seven seconds flat. These performance marks came from the workings of 189 horsepower, churned out by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. These features don’t seem all that impressive by today’s standards, but this Celica has solidly etched its name in Toyota lore by cracking the top ten.
8. Corolla T-Sport Compressor
Not many people recall the Corolla T-Sport Compressor, but during its short production run, it made quite the ruckus among enthusiasts of speedy Toyota cars. This hatchback Corolla iteration could make the jump from 0-60 in 6.9 seconds, and also reach a top speed of 143 miles per hour, outdoing traditional Corolla models handily. To get there, the T-Sport Compressor model was equipped with supercharged inline four-cylinder engine, providing a walloping 215 horsepower and 158 lb-ft of torque. This Corolla didn’t last long on the market, despite its quickness, as consumers opted more for traditional sedan layouts, offering more in the way of space and functionality.
7. Camry Solara SE Sport
Clocking in with a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds, the Camry Solara SE Sport made quick work on the road or track, despite its long name. This car marked a meeting point of practicality and luxury, and even sprinkled in some remarkable performance and speed into the mix. Sporting a 24-valve, 3.3-liter V6 engine, this Camry iteration spat out 225 horsepower, along with 240 lb-ft of torque. Again, the uniqueness of the Camry Solara SE Sport lies in its truly unique blend of mechanics and creature comforts, but it still manages to find a place on the top ten list.
6. Supra Mark IV
Fair warning: this is definitely no the last time you will see a Supra model on this list. It is, however, the first — and with remarkable quickness akin to a 6.5-second 0-60 sprint, the Supra Mark IV’s sixth place finish is well-earned. This Supra variant housed a 3.0-liter, 24 valve straight-six cylinder engine under the hood, which made it one of the quicker cars around in the early-to-mid 1990s. The Mark IV hailed in the Supra’s fourth generation, on which engineers carefully perfected the cars performance and aesthetics over many years.
5. Celica GT-Four
The apex of the Celica line, the GT-Four could reach a top speed of 153 miles per hour, while making the dash from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. Even old school
4. Camry SE V6
You may not expect a traditional sedan like the Camry to be so far up the list of Toyota’s quickest, but the SE V6 iteration has rightfully earned its place. The Camry SE V6 is a perfect example of what makes Toyota sedans so popular among today’s consumers. It’s economical, stylish, and exceptionally quick — especially compared to many other cars in its class. This Camry model can hit the apex of its speed at 128 miles per hour, and take on the 0-60 rush in 5.8 seconds. This Camry proves that Toyota doesn’t only have the ability to create a bestseller, but to build one that isn’t light on performance either.
3. MR2 Turbo
Reaching all the way to the third spot on the list is the quickest variant of the MR2 to ever hit the market — the MR2 Turbo. This MR2 model could belt out a hearty 260 horsepower, enough to keep up with almost any modern model despite the fact that production ended nearly 15 years ago. As far as performance goes, the MR2 can still hold its own against most other modern cars as well, galloping from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, and reaching a
2. Supra 3.0 Turbo
The Supra was a model that took everything Toyota engineers had worked so hard on and pushed it to the limit. The 3.0 Turbo variation, although not quite the quickest, was pretty darn fast in its own right. In fact, the Supra 3.0 Turbo had the ability to spring from rest to 60 miles per hour in a scant 4.9 seconds, far faster than even the MR2 Turbo. Getting an extra boost from the turbocharged engine did give it an edge, but it still wasn’t able to tackle the insane speed of its bigger brother, which still holds the title as Toyota’s fastest vehicle.
1. Supra Twin Turbo
When the evolution of the Supra finally came to crescendo with the unveiling of the Twin Turbo, many people simply couldn’t believe the specs that Toyota was claiming. Boasting a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds, as well as a reported top speed of 156 miles per hour, it’s hard to blame the critics. But alas, the Supra Twin Turbo proved everyone wrong. The fastest Toyota of all time saw its hayday during the early 1990s when its 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine could rule the road with ease. The Supra Twin Turbo may not look like much compared to other models today, but it still holds the crown as Toyota’s quickest vehicle.