Toyota’s long-awaited successor to the legendary 1993 A80 Supra stormed into this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and continued to draw crowds at Geneva. Built by Toyota’s performance arm, Gazoo Racing, it sports a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, an active chassis and a suite of driver assistance technology.
On sale now, prices for the Supra start from £52,695, with the range-topping A90 Edition model costing £56,945. All 900 models allocated for the UK and European markets in 2019 have already found homes, with the next batch of cars due to arrive in 2020. First deliveries will arrive in summer.
Engines, 0-62mph and top speed
For the time being, all European Supras are fitted with a BMW-sourced turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol, producing 335bhp and 500Nm of torque. Every model is rear-wheel-drive, and each is 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 Toyota’s new Supra features an active differential, operated by a dedicated control unit. The system monitors everything from steering, throttle and brake inputs, to engine speed and chassis yaw rate. It then adjusts the torque vectoring between the rear wheels accordingly to provide maximum grip.
Gazoo Racing (GR for short) claims the new Supra has been conceived as a “a sports car in its purest form” with “no compromise that would diminish the driving experience.” As was confirmed last year in a suite of revealing spy shots, the new Supra underwent a merciless development programme at the Nurburgring. This, Toyota claims was done to achieve “the most agile, stable and rewarding handling.”
Toyota recently confirmed that two four-cylinder versions of the Supra 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 petrol engine (also borrowed from BMW), mated to the same eight-speed automatic as the flagship model.
Japan’s base-model Supra SZ produces 194bhp, making it slightly less powerful than a GT 86. This horsepower deficit is offset somewhat by an extra 100Nm of torque, with a total figure of 320Nm, which allows a 0–62mph time of 6.5 seconds. The SZ-R gets a reflashed ECU, boosting power to 254bhp and 400Nm, and cutting the 0–62mph time 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 styling has remained almost entirely 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.
Toyota claims it’s been inspired by the esteemed (and now very collectable) 1960s Toyota 2000GT, retaining its long bonnet and double-bubble roof. The Supra’s various vents and creases are, we’re told, completely functional, engineered to achieve optimal aerodynamic performance and near-perfect front/rear weight distribution.
The new Supra has been developed alongside the new BMW Z4, with the German firm’s influence being most apparent inside. The cockpit is unashamedly constructed from BMW’s parts bin, with the digital dash, gear lever, climate controls and iDrive-style click wheel being lifted from the new Z4.
Specification and prices
Two specs will be available from launch: standard and Pro. As standard, the Supra comes with a set of 19-inch alloy wheels alloy wheels, high-performance brakes, adaptive dampers and a range of adjustable driving modes. Other features include dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and a choice of bold paint colours, with Toyota offering a pallette of red, yellow and blue, as well as a matte-grey finish.
Supra Pro models, which are expected to account for the majority of UK sales, are priced from £54,000 and feature black leather upholstery, a premium 12-speaker JBL stereo system, a head-up display, a wireless phone charger and a range of storage and interior lighting additions.
In addition, 90 examples of the limited run Supra A90 Edition will be built, of which just 24 will make it to the UK. All of them will be finished in matte Storm Grey, equipped with matte-black 19-inch wheels, red leather upholstery and all the technology and interior upgrades from the Supra Pro. Prices for the special edition model start at £56,945.
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