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For not just Toyota fans, but all sports car enthusiasts, the wait for the much-anticipated fifth generation Toyota GR Supra is over. And it’s a wait that has been well worth it, with a fun-to-drive performance vehicle that delivers an exhilarating blend of power, agility and precision handling.
The Toyota GR Supra is the first global GR model from Toyota Gazoo Racing Driving and, from the outset, was conceived as a sports car in its purest form, with a short wheelbase, wide track, and low centre of gravity, as well as a lightweight and highly rigid body.
CONCEPT AND EXTERIOR DESIGN
Even at first glance, it’s clear to see Toyota’s sports car heritage referenced in the Toyota GR Supra’s design. There’s the iconic Toyota 2000GT’s influence in the long bonnet, compact body and double-bubble roof, while both the front and rear styling capture the distinctive look of the previous-generation – the Mk4 Supra – notably in the muscular rear wings and the arc of the integrated spoiler.
The frontal design has a low stance emphasised by a prominent central grille flanked by large air intakes – these intakes are not simple design cues, but are essential for engine cooling. The distinctive headlight units feature a six-lens LED arrangement that incorporate both the turn indicators and daytime running lights (DRL). The dramatic turn signal and DRL light guides extend toward the centre of the nose – adding visual flair.
Taking in the side view, the low bonnet generates a dynamic line that flows rearwards from the car’s low nose, while the back edge of the bonnet and the rear spoiler are set almost at the same height, linked by a low belt line. Blacked-out A-pillars and character lines on the side of the roof emphasise the taut, compact cabin.
The GR Supra is fitted with lightweight but highly-rigid 19-inch forged alloy wheels, with alternating black and polished slim spokes and there’s a choice of eight different exterior colours: Prominent Red; Striking Yellow; Luminous Black; Grand Blue Metallic; White, Prime Silver; Ice Grey Metallic and a new Toyota-first Matte Storm Grey. The latter is a unique hue that adds a metal-like texture to the car’s curved surfaces with a matte finish and a hint of blue. It is only available in limited numbers.
The driver’s cockpit in the new Toyota GR Supra is designed to help you focus entirely on the business of driving and is directly influenced by the layout in single-seater race cars. The low, slim horizontal dashboard allows maximum forward vision through the windscreen, helping you place the car with precision, while the principal controls are tightly grouped for quick and easy operation.
The head-up display, meters and paddle shifts all sit directly in front of you, with additional switches located on the three-spoke steering wheel. The wheel itself is contoured for excellent grip and is wrapped in leather. The 8.8-inch high-definition driver’s instrument display is clearly visible through the steering wheel, with the 3D-effect tachometer and shift indicator positioned in the centre. There is a digital speed read-out to the left and infotainment and navigation information to the right.
With body-holding side bolsters and an integrated head restraint, the new Toyota GR Supra’s seats have a racing-influenced design that ensure both comfort and excellent support. For ventilation and additional body-holding performance, they are upholstered in a combination of leather bolsters with a perforated Alcantara covering for the seat back and cushion. You can choose between black or combination red and black interior trim.
Comfort and convenience
These haven’t been forgotten – this is a road car, after all – and the air conditioning control panel sits proud of the console with memory-touch switches for easy operation. An 8.8-inch central multimedia display is mounted above the console, operated using either a touchscreen or a rotary controller. The boot space is large enough for two people’s luggage and includes a side stowage net and floor-mounted hooks.
The resemblance to its celebrated predecessors is more than skin-deep though, and the Toyota GR Supra has the classic sports car format of a powerful, front-mounted six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive.
Prodigious power comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre engine is fitted with a single twin-scroll turbocharger that produces 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque and, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivers smooth and powerful acceleration, with large amounts of torque available across the full spectrum of engine speeds.
The transmission provides lightning-fast up and downshifts, with short ratios used for the lower gears. You can also take control of gear changes using paddle shifts on the steering wheel and select Normal or Sport driving modes to suit your both preference and the conditions. Sport mode is also customisable, allowing you to tune the suspension, steering and transmission characteristics.
“Fun to Drive” was a key factor throughout the GR Supra’s development. “I repeatedly told the development team that I wanted them to hone any aspects of the car that stimulate the driver’s senses or instincts,” says Tetsuya Tada, Chief Engineer of the Toyota GR Supra. “I said that it wasn’t necessary to achieve perfect scores for every aspect, we just need to make sure the car is fun to drive. Anything that goes against that can be disregarded.”
The result is a sportscar with high structural rigidity, a low centre of gravity, and ideal 50:50 front/rear weight distribution.
The Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) enhances performance with instant response to changes in the road surface, adjusting the shock-absorber force at each wheel to maintain a flat vehicle posture, excellent steering response and supple ride comfort. Sensors constantly monitor the way the car is being driven and the road conditions, controlling the damping force accordingly.
You can choose between two AVS modes – NORMAL and SPORT – with NORMAL mode striking a balance between vehicle stability and ride comfort, enabling a sporty drive without sacrificing comfort. SPORT mode delivers a flat vehicle posture, reduced body roll and a more agile steering response.
The GR Supra is fitted with a very comprehensive Toyota Safety Sense system which encompasses a wide array of active safety technologies. These include a Pre-Collision System with a pedestrian detection function and the ability to recognise cyclists during daytime driving; Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering assist; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB); Adaptive Front-light System (AFS), which adjusts the headlight illumination in line with the car’s steering angle; and Road Sign Assist.
In addition, the car is also equipped with a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear-end Collision Alert, and Intelligent parking sensors with automatic braking to help prevent collisions with objects or vehicles approaching.
The GR Supra model line-up consists of two models, the GR Supra Track and GR Supra.
The Track model is aimed at enthusiasts wishing to use their vehicle predominantly for performance-orientated driving and prioritises vehicle dynamics over convenience specification.
The “normal” GR Supra adds a raft of comfort and convenience specification – to truly offer an all-encompassing package.
Toyota GR Supra Track*
Toyota GR Supra (Prominent Red)
Toyota GR Supra (Metallic)
Toyota GR Supra (Matte Grey)
*Available in Prominent Red paintwork only
WARRANTY & MAINTENANCE
A 5-services/100 000km service plan, (12 months or 20 000km), is provided as well as a 3-year/100 000km Warranty. Customers can also purchase extended service plans via their Toyota dealer.