The Toyota Supra is the latest in a long line of sports cars that bear the model name. First introduced in 1978 as a trim level for the Toyota Celica known as the Celica Supra and then branched off as its own model in 1986. It has been characterized as a potent yet less expensive Rear-wheel drive performance car for enthusiasts.
The Supra is marketed as sports and performance-oriented machine
The current generation has been in production since March 2019. It was the first time Toyota introduced the brand name since retiring the Supra name and keeping it in hiatus since 2002. It designed and developed in partnership with BMW, It is based on the current model BMW Z4 Coupe.
Although it shares the same platform as the roadster, the Supra is marketed as sports and a performance-oriented machine that encourages tuning and modifying.
The Toyota Supra GR has some mighty big shoes to fill and has to live up to the impossible expectations set for it by an army of fans longing for the return of the marque. Does it have what it takes to vie for your hard-earned cash?
The interior quality is unlike any other Toyota you’ve ever seen
The outgoing Supra used Toyota’s most famous engine ever, the 2JZ but this time it utilizes a BMW engine and is based on the BMW Z4 Coupe. This was a point of contention for some fans when this was first announced.
It utilizes a classic Supra silhouette with a long hood and short deck design to offer a very sporty and aggressive profile
Toyota Supra: Exterior
The front headlights are a teardrop-shaped affair with distinct led turn light indicators. Same goes with the tail lights which are nothing short of unique with integrated turn signals.
You are also greeted with the 90’s Supra logo typography at the rear to invoke a lot of nostalgic feels for the fans. It also has an F1 inspired reverse light situated at the bottom center of the rear in the middle of the rear diffuser.
The Toyota Supra GR has some mighty big shoes to fill
The side panels and fender create an aerodynamic curve to enable it to carve through the air at high speed. You cannot mistake the Toyota GR for any other Toyota vehicles.
It does have a ton of faux vents around the body panels though, but Toyota has apparently made these intentionally with the thought that tuners can go ahead and put actual holes on them when they need to.
Toyota Supra: Interior
In the cabin, a large door enables you to easily get in and out of the vehicle with the classic Supra badge greeting you at the door-sill. The benefit of being in partnership with BMW is that the interior quality is unlike any other Toyota you’ve ever seen.
Automatic Climate controls, the vents, the seats, and even the steering wheel are sourced from BMW. The infotainment system was also grabbed from the BMW parts bin but everything in the user interface was converted to Toyota configurations as this is a Toyota after all.
The Supra is being marketed as a super-car killer
Toyota Supra: Engine
Powering the Philippine-market Toyota Supra is again, a BMW-sourced 3 liter twin-turbo B58B30 inline-6 engine that makes 335hp and 500Nm of torque. Zero to a hundred is achieved at 4.1 seconds through the rear wheels.
The new Toyota Supra, unfortunately for purists, is not available in manual transmission, it has a sole 8-speed automatic transmission.
This has been another point of contention among fans as The Supra is being marketed as a super-car killer, and the omission of the manual is a topic for debate.
Powering the Supra is BMW-sourced 3 liter twin-turbo B58B30 inline-6
The Toyota Supra also doesn’t have a rear seat so this is an exclusively 2-seater car. The length and wheelbase of the car are actually shorter than the GT86 but the track is wider.
This promotes, apart from showing a much aggressive stance, it handles so much better and feels sure-footed and stable. It strikes a balance between responsiveness and performance.