This episode of of “Jay Leno’s Garage” is a real treat and one that will be greatly appreciated as he and Cody Walker remember the late Paul Walker with his passion for the JDM car scene.
It has been nearly five years since Paul Walker’s tragic death. His passing affected countless people around the globe, especially touching the hearts of fans and car enthusiasts. He will forever be remembered for driving Japanese tuner cars in the Fast and Furious franchise movies, thereby creating a newfound love and hype for that style of car.
The iconic JDM car that Paul is well-known for is the Toyota Supra that he drove in the original F&F movie back in 2001. It was a 1993 model just like the one Jay Leno drives in the video below, right alongside Paul’s youngest brother Cody Walker.
This isn’t just any old Supra, it’s a right-hand drive version that was shipped straight from Japan in a pretty good condition.
Before you say it, we do realize that is has a crooked front bumper. Even so, it’s a very attractive coupe that still looks relevant and desirable after two decades since its launch. Part of the reason why the Supra is such a hot commodity, is the vast tuning potential that is present just from the factory engine. It also sounds really mean.
Considering that this one is a modified example, which is probably the case with almost every Supra you spot on the road and beyond, it’s an impressive one. It is also one of the first MkIV-generation models. The car does not belong to Walker, though he admits that he would love to get his hands on one just like it – I mean, who wouldn’t?
The 1993 Supra in this episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” was brought into the United States by Top Rank International Vehicle Importers. According to DriveMag, Top Rank Imports currently lists it for sale at $49,995. The car is paired to a six-speed manual transmission with a 2JZ-GTE 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 under the hood. It only has 44,000 miles on the dash.
In Japan, this version of the Supra was noted to officially produce 276 horses with 318 pound-feet of torque. In reality, though, the car was capable of delivering more than that. Motor Authority reports that, in export markets, the twin-turbo Supra was making closer to 320 horsepower, though export models did feature a different design for the turbocharged engine.
If you are wondering why Cody Walker’s visit to Jay Leno’s garage is so important, it’s for a really good cause.
Cody’s visit to Leno’s Garage was, in part, to build awareness for the upcoming In Memory of Paul charity car meet. As discussed in the beginning of the episode, the meet is scheduled for May 20th and will take place in Santa Clarita, California. Tickets are priced at $10 ($5 if you pre-purchase them at www.inmemoryofpaul.com). It is important to note that all proceeds from this automotive event will benefit Paul Walker’s non-profit charitable foundation called Reach Out WorldWide. For those who are unfamiliar, this charity sends volunteers to small, outlying communities in the states and abroad in the wake of natural disasters.
If you are still drooling over the Supra, the modern-day Toyota Supra will be displayed in showrooms next year. Rumors say that the debut will take place next January at the Detroit Auto Show. We are all holding our breathe in excitement for the next-gen that will certainly bring a modern twist on a legendary car.
Watch as Leno, along with Walker’s brother, pays tribute to “The Fast and the Furious” star with one of Paul’s favorite JDM cars of all time.
What is your favorite movie or quote from Paul Walker? Let’s all take a moment to remember the beloved movie star, father, friend and all-around great man that he was. I will certainly never forget him, nor the day the tragic news flowed in. Ride safe, everyone!