Toyota’s long-awaited successor to the legendary A80 Supra stormed into the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Built by Toyota’s performance arm, Gazoo Racing, the new Supra model sports a powerful six-cylinder turbocharged engine, an active chassis and a wealth of driver assistance technology.
Toyota claims the GR (Gazoo Racing) Supra has been conceived as “a sports car in its purest form” with “no compromise that would diminish the driving experience”. First deliveries are due in summer this year, with prices starting from £52,695 in Britain for the base-spec 3.0-litre model, while the top-spec A90 edition will cost £56,945.
Engines, 0-62mph and top speed
For now, all European Toyota Supras will be supplied with a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six, producing 335bhp and 500Nm of torque. Every model will be rear-wheel-drive and each will be fitted with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, providing a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
Every version of the GR Supra sold in Europe will come with an active differential, operated by a dedicated control unit. The system monitors everything from steering, throttle and brake inputs, to engine speed and yaw rate, adjusting the vectoring between the rear wheels accordingly to provide maximum grip.
As was confirmed last year in a suite of revealing spy shots, the new Supra has been developed extensively at the Nurburgring in Germany. This, Toyota claims, was done to achieve “the most agile, stable and rewarding handling”.
Toyota recently confirmed that two four-cylinder Supra variants have been developed for the Japanese market, but whether or not they’ll make it to Europe is yet to be confirmed. The Supra SZ and SZ-R both use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (also developed in tandem with BMW) while using the same rear-wheel-drive layout and eight-speed ZF gearbox as the 3.0-litre model.
Japan’s base-model Supra SZ develops 194bhp, making it slightly less powerful than the GT 86. However, it does boast an extra 100Nm of torque, with a figure of 320Nm, and 0-62mph is claimed in 6.5 seconds. The SZ-R uses a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre engine and has 254bhp and 400Nm on board. 0-62mph drops to 5.2 seconds.
Dimensions and design
Measuring 4,379mm long, 1,292mm tall and 1,854mm wide, the Supra is longer, lower and wider than a Toyota GT86. The Supra’s wheelbase is shorter, however, and its wider tyres and square footprint should make it even sharper to drive. With the 3.0-litre straight-six engine on board, it tips the scales at 1,520kg. The 2.0-litre variants for Japan are lighter, with the base-model SZ Supra weighing in at 1,410kg.
The Supra’s exterior design has remained almost completely faithful to the GR Supra Racing concept from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Of course, some of the car’s body panels have been toned down slightly for the production variant, and the concept’s rear wing has been removed completely.
Supposedly, it’s inspired by the legendary (and now very collectable) 1960s Toyota 2000GT, retaining its long bonnet and double-bubble roof. The body’s vents and creases are, we’re told, completely functional, precisely engineered to achieve optimal aerodynamic performance, as well as perfect front/rear weight distribution.
The new Supra has been developed alongside the upcoming BMW Z4, and the German firm’s influence is most apparent inside. The cockpit is designed around a pair of racy bucket seats, with extra side bolstering, high back support and integrated headrests. The rest of the interior is borrowed unashamedly from the BMW parts bin, with the digital dash, gear lever, climate controls and iDrive-style click wheel being lifted from the new Z4.
Specification and prices
All models will come with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, as well as a choice of bold paint colours. Toyota says customers will be offered red, yellow and blue shades, as well as a matte-grey finish. Only 900 cars are allocated for Europe in the car’s first full year on sale, although it’s unclear how many have been allocated for UK buyers.
Two specs will be available from launch; standard and Pro. As standard, the Supra comes with those ten-spoke alloy wheels, high-performance brakes, adjustable driving modes and adaptive dampers. Other features include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, LED headlights and a rear-view camera.
Supra Pro models, which are expected to account for the majority of UK sales, are priced from £54,000 and feature leather upholstery, a 12-speaker JBL stereo system, a head-up display and a wireless phone charger, amongst other extras.
In addition, just 90 examples of the special edition Supra A90 Edition will be built, all of which will be finished in matte Storm Grey, with matte-black 19-inch wheels and red leather seats. Prices for the limited run model start at £56,945.
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