There are names that command respect in the world of cars, and Toyota Supra is one of them. We will not say that it was forgotten because it has always remained in the memory of all fans, but the Japanese sports car has come back to life after being absent for two decades.
Fortunately, and after years and years of practically demanding Toyota to reissue the myth, we have among us a new Toyota GR Supra . We have already been able to test it and, yes, it is a car that lives up to its fame.
The Toyota Supra is back
The stares, photo requests, turned necks and thumbs up out of the windows have been a constant every time we’ve hit the road with this car. The thumbmeter has given a much higher result for the Supra than for cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT C that we tested a few months ago , much more expensive, powerful and striking on paper.
But it must be recognized that in Japan they have done a very good job with the Toyota GR Supra. Not surprisingly, the Japanese firm has preserved practically all of the spirit that they released in 2014 with the Toyota FT-1 Concept , a prototype that left us all ojiplático and that since then unleashed the rumors and anxieties for the arrival of the Supra.
Luckily for everyone, practically everything from that FT-1 Concept has been kept, saving the distances and softening the extremely sharp lines of the set a bit . Only the retractable rear spoiler integrated into the boot lid, the nearly impossible mirrors and the slitted hood have been dropped from the final design.
At the front we find a pointed front with an arrow-shaped bonnet, center-sharpened fasos with LED technology and a top / side shape reminiscent of the fourth-generation Supra. At the bottom, the distribution is the same with two very pronounced side openings plus a third mouth in the center. A powerful flat splitter is finished off with the same aerodynamic vertical ends as the set.
There are four pairs of key elements that have been preserved, in the form of the openings under the side ends of the front and rear lamps, those that are located behind the front wheel arches and those that precede the rear wheel arches. These couples have no real functionality , as they are blinded. Now, in the GR Supra GT4 they are functional. Hello, Toyota GR Supra GRMN ?
The rest of the proportions are identical. The hood is extremely long, the roof (double hump, by the way) is very low and the rear is muscular and very, very short . The waistline is extremely sharp and stands out for its relative height, just above the line of the mirrors. Literally every time we look in the rearview mirror we will be staring at the Supra’s ass.
At the rear and after a very short overhang we find some stylized headlights that point inwards, a duck tail spoiler and at the bottom a large integrated diffuser with two large exhaust outlets , one on each side and 100% real . No tricks. The result together with the standard 19-inch wheels is really powerful; much more in person than in photographs, although perhaps too aggressive for what type of client. Good job Toyota!
Japanese spirit with German interior
But enough of looking, here we have come to drive one of the most anticipated sports cars in recent years . We open the driver’s door and carefully drop into the driver’s seat. It’s very, very low. So much so that the first two times we entered the cabin of the Supra we hit each other with the upper frame on the head.
In this case, the Toyota GR Supra dressed in its best clothes, with the special and limited edition A90 Edition . It is a commemorative variant, limited to the first 90 units destined for each country and that differs in its matt gray body color with blue reflections, forged wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and an interior with a combination of red and white colors. specific black.
Here we find the first point of agreement, and it is that as you surely already know, we are facing a car that has been developed jointly with BMW. The platform is the same that has been used in the new BMW Z4 , and has been developed by Toyota independently, apart from creating its sculptural body.
Therefore, in its cabin we come across a few common elements, such as the touch screen at the top of the dashboard, the controls for the radio and air conditioning and the controls in the central tunnel. Especially recognizable are the gear lever knob and rotary controller of the BMW iDrive ; 100% BMW.
At the wheel of this now two-seater Supra (remember that the previous ones were suitable for four occupants), we find an environment that exudes very good quality . Leather upholstery on all surfaces, carbon fiber in the center console, good settings and a more than correct touch give us very good sensations, but with one downside: it does not match the personality of the exterior.
While the body design is entirely Japanese, the interior is overflowing with German sobriety . This is not necessarily bad because as we say, the finishes are fantastic (except for the flat plastic cover at the bottom of the steering wheel), but we lack that Japanese punch point. On the other hand, a more aggressive interior could cause some long-term fatigue, so yes, we like the Japanese-German compendium achieved in the Supra.
By the way, the steering wheel (also inherited from BMW) is very pleasant, with a small ring in terms of diameter and thickness, very grippy, and that precedes a completely digital control panel that gives us a more than attractive welcome when activating the contact (keyless). Its surface is 8.8 inches and the distribution of the elements is done in a fixed way.
The tachometer has all the presence in the center and to the sides are the different elements: fuel level, speed, warnings, partials, and temperature, from right to left, with the position of the gearbox in the center of the clock. A large black surface remains on your right most of the time , where we will only see graphics in the event of navigation instructions or the imminent collision alert being triggered.
We found it a bit simple for the car we are talking about. There is little of the spirit of the Supra in the element that we will spend the most time looking at him throughout his life. It would have been nice some more flourish or at least it had different display modes. The only wonder is that the red line of the tachometer is somewhat more highlighted in Sport mode. Nothing spectacular.
Regarding the infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen, it must be recognized that Toyota has looked for a good ally, since the team includes the already known interface with iDrive; the best on the market. Its menus are extremely simple and intuitive, its operation is fast, fluid and very attractive, even if it is not the latest version of the German manufacturer. We especially appreciate the presence of the BMW rotary control and its speed of operation so as not to have to touch the screen.
The trunk at the rear is relatively large, with a capacity of 290 liters . It is not particularly wide, but it is usable thanks to its extensive shape although in reality with not much height available. It is directly connected to the passenger compartment and at the front it has the presence of two speakers, which also reduce the practicality of the cargo space. What especially takes points away from the boot is that it can only be opened from the key or from the button located on the driver’s door.
And speaking of loading things, the Supra is not the best car for practically anything. Not counting the boot, the holes scattered around the cabin are merely testimonial . There is no useful space in the door pockets, the glove compartment is bare and the net located next to the left foot of the passenger is not good for much. It does have a wireless charging pad and two drink holders in exchange.
A puzzle of emotions with 340 hp
Okay, yes, the new Toyota GR Supra does not seem to stand out especially beyond its aesthetics, but the important thing is what is theoretically to come. So we started the engine and were delighted by a purr that sounds like pure glory emanating from its exhausts. Its roar is remarkable, especially when cold, and after a few seconds it subsides.
During the first few meters it is easy to require an adaptation process. The Toyota GR Supra feels very sporty , you are sitting very close to the ground, visibility is limited by some forms of the hood that do not let you know exactly where it ends and a rear of which we only see the prominent rear wheel arches through the mirrors.
Luckily, it must be recognized that the Supra moves very well in limited spaces. It is a relatively maneuverable car and it is surprisingly comfortable . The steering is firm but well-assisted and the suspensions are not at all uncomfortable. It is a good sports car for getting around town. All the good that a car of this type can be in the city and discounting its own limitations such as limited cargo space, visibility or the remarkable heat it gives off.
Enough! The Toyota GR Supra deserves better than a few raised thumbs and admiring comments at stoplights. Time to hit a good winding road. As we drove down the highway, we continue with the same German car aftertaste, reaffirming the impression that it is an abnormally comfortable sports car . The kilometers pass in a pleasant enough way at his controls and we reached the section of curves without feeling the need to stop to stretch our legs. Time to see what it is capable of.
The seats for their part are also affiliated with that Japanese-German character that we mentioned before. They are sports seats, although with a restrained sportiness. They’re packed with power adjustment possibilities, including the width of the lugs for lateral support. To be sporty they are quite comfortable and have heating. Very BMW.
The engine is the same that powers the BMW Z4, that is to say, a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, located longitudinally and equipped with turbocharging. The result is that of a Toyota GR Supra with 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque intended exclusively for the rear wheels. Perfect for purists … or good. Still not so perfect, because this connection is made via an eight-speed torque converter ZF gearbox. Smooth changes in normal mode; faster shifts in Sport mode.
By activating the Sport mode we quickly notice that the character of the car changes. The Supra gets drier in all respects, tightening the steering and suspension settings, while the engine becomes more lively and energetic with the gearbox allowing the needle to approach the red line in a normal way . The operation of the gearbox is more than good for fun, but looking for the tickles it is always better to operate the manual mode.
Playing with the cams we find an energetic engine, which likes to stretch, although at the same time it does not need to play with the red zone. What’s more, the high dose of torque available from just 1,600 rpm makes it a very elastic engine that seems to spread more than the 340 hp it advertises . Now, if we are looking for rage, the six-cylinder stretching to the cut is a delight that delivers all its power progressively.
The rear axle meanwhile does its best to digest the power of the engine. Despite the wide footwear that it uses as standard with tires in sizes 255/35 at the front and 275/35 at the rear, the rear wheels at the exit of the curves tend to lose grip if we look for the tickles . The Supra’s rear is lively and the electronic controls are not overly restrictive, making the Supra a lot of fun.
We can summarize the engine in two ideas: on the one hand we are left with its verve and its elasticity, and on the other we must admit that we lacked a point of emotion . It pushes, and it pushes with great enthusiasm throughout the whole useful regime, but at the top it does not end up emerging. It feels like a cut has been forced prior to the range where your ecstasy can surface. Nor is it a particularly loud engine, or with scandalous backfire when releasing the gas. It backfires, but in a very polite, very Japanese way.
Does this mean that the Toyota GR Supra is a decaf car? No, not at all . The Toyota GR Supra is not just another Toyota. It is the first series model to bear the acronym GR in its name, which means that we are dealing with the first of the cars signed by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s sports division.
According to the data provided by the brand, it must be taken into account that the Toyota GR Supra has been specifically tuned, thus offering a structural rigidity to that of the Lexus LFA , in addition to a shorter wheelbase and a center of gravity. lower than the Toyota GT86 (2,470 by 2,570 mm). What does this mean? Well, basically the new Supra is a toy .
Its dynamic behavior is excellent because it is a very easy car to drive fast and to be enjoyed . Its turning ability is almost instantaneous and it feels very well connected between the steering wheel and the front wheels. It is true that the steering is not as informative as we would like, but its neutral chassis allows you to mess around without complaining or showing signs of understeer.
Toyota has configured a chassis, suspensions and steering in a sporty way but without excesses. The Supra defends itself very well in twisty sections with an agile and precise behavior , without ever feeling like a hostile car like other sports cars and displaying a more comfortable character than what its image of a radical sports car transmits to us.
The Supra is one of those cars that allows you to go fast without being uncomfortable. Also, and most importantly, it is one of those cars that allow you to go fast because they convey confidence and poise without neglecting the fun. Part of the blame for this feeling of control is the good suspension setting (firm but not dry) and the rear axle with electronic limited-slip differential . The latter can transfer the power to one of the two rear wheels.
For those who want a little extra and have enough hands, the stability and traction control are disconnectable . Here we must stress the importance of having enough hands, along with the recommendation not to do it on the open road. The Supra has a game-hungry rear end, and it’s easy to go too fast for things to get complicated in the blink of an eye.
It is also complicated to approach the consumption that this car approves. According to the WLTP cycle, the Supra throws a figure of 7.1 liters per 100 km. In our case, after doing more than 600 km with the Japanese sports car and checking how it encourages lively driving, the figure was 10.4 liters per 100 km on average .
We were left with the desire to have tried the new Toyota GR Supra on the track, but in any case it is a car that has left us a very good taste in our mouths . For its striking aesthetics, for its ride comfort, for a well-tuned dynamic behavior and for a very BMW interior but that positions the Supra above what Toyota itself could offer.
Toyota GR Supra 2020 – Technical sheet
|Tested version||GR Supra A90|
|Displacement||2,998 cm³||Traction type||Rear|
|Engine block||6 cylinder in-line turbo||Fuel||Gasoline|
|Power (CV @ rpm)||340 @ 5,000 – 6,500||Tank capacity||52 liters|
|Motor torque (Nm @ rpm)||500 @ 1,600 – 4,500||Urban consumption||N / A l / 100 km|
|Empty mass||1,570 kg||Extra-urban consumption||N / A l / 100 km|
|Maximum speed||250 km / h||Combined consumption||7.1 l / 100 km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h||4.3 seconds||Trunk capacity||290 liters|
|Transmission||8 speed automatic||Price||69,900 euros euros|