Toyota has unveiled its latest model at the Detroit Motor Show – and the new review of Supra is further from a Prius, as you can imagine.
Having teased fans with the suggestion of a brand new Supra for half a decade, the Japanese machine manufacturer has finally introduced the highly anticipated machine to the spectators on Monday, and will go on sale this year at a price below £ 53,000.
Powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine producing 335 horsepower, the Supra can reach 52 km / h in just over four seconds, has a top speed of 155 miles per hour and is a one-finger salute to the green electric cars of the very near future.
Icon returns: Toyota unleashed the fifth generation of Supra sports cars at the Detroit Motor Show
Not having sold a Supra for the better part of 17 years, it is a model that gas stations have been eager to refresh with open arms.
And Toyota finally delivered, taking off the covers from the latest model at the Detroit 2019 Motor Show.
Famous for its extraordinary supercar capabilities and iconic performance in the first of the Fast and Furious movies, fans have been desperate for Toyota to follow the fourth generation of Supra – built from 1993 to 2002 – with something quite tasty.
The GR Supra (the GR that stands for Gazoo Racing, the official arm for the performance that developed the vehicle) is certainly at the height of the project, with enough power to overcome the Porsche 718 Cayman, the sports car leader in the region of £ 50,000.
As for the models that precede it, the fifth generation model maintains the front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, with enthusiasts of the two-seat layout.
The 3.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood is not all Toyota's job, though.
It was developed in collaboration with BMW, which uses the same engine as its Z4 roadster and connects the engine to the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both will be built in the same factory in Graz, Austria.
Not having sold a Supra for the better part of 17 years, it is a model that the gas stations have been eager to refresh with open arms
The petrol engine with a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder turbocharger is the same as that used in the current BMW Z4, shown here
Both the Supra and the Z4 will be built in the same factory in Graz, Austria
While it may not be all its work, the Supra with a combustion engine avoids the hybrid tradition of Toyota and could turn out to be the swan for "affordable" performance models before electrification cannibalizes the market.
A 62-mile sprint at the moment takes only 4.3 seconds – 0.4 faster than the standard £ 44,000 Cayman, although 0.1 slower than the £ 53 Cayman S – and Toyota has chosen to electronically limit the maximum speed to 155 miles per hour at BMW.
Two versions of Supra will be available from launch, with the entry car costing £ 52.695 and a limited run A90 edition – featuring all the bells and whistles and finished with Storm Gray paint – which requires £ 56.945 .
Toyota Supra against Porsche Cayman
Toyota GR Supra
Price: from £ 52.695
Engine: 3.0-liter six-cylinder cylindrical turbo
0-62mph: 4.3 seconds
Full speed: 155 miles per hour (limited)
Porsche 718 Cayman PDK
Price: from £ 44.897
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharger, four cylinders
0-62mph: 4.9 seconds
Full speed: 170 mph
This last one will take place for the first 90 European customers who place orders and the first deliveries will take place this summer.
All the Supras will be equipped with two different driving modes: Normal and Sport for the road and a special "track" setting that prevents the stability control from interfering electronically when you want to send the samurai sports car sideways.
In the official announcement confirming his arrival, the manufacturer claimed that the GR Supra was conceived as a sports car in its purest form, with no compromises that would reduce the pleasure of driving experience.
Two versions of Supra will be available from launch, with the entry car costing £ 52.695 and a limited run A90 edition (pictured) – featuring all the bells and whistles and finished with paint Storm Gray – which requires £ 56.945
The first deliveries will arrive in the summer, although only 900 examples are expected in Europe in the first year
In the official announcement confirming his arrival, the manufacturer claimed that the GR Supra was conceived as a sports car in its purest form, with no compromises that would reduce the pleasure of driving experience "
As is the case with most modern performance machines, engineers have refined Supra in the infamous Nürburgring circuit in Germany, with the goal of creating the "most agile, stable and rewarding maneuverability" you can get from a £ 50,000 sports car.
In keeping with tradition, the design is inspired by the legendary – and now incredibly valuable – 2000GT of the years & # 60; in particular the huge bonnet and the double-bubble roof.
The chief designer of Toyota, Nobuo Nakamura, said that his task was to create a visual concept "Condensed Extreme", although measuring in 4.4 meters in length, almost 1.3 meters in height and about 1.8 meters of width, it's all but small.
"I knew that my mission was to create a design that was visually and physically exciting for sports car enthusiasts," he explained.
"Using an in-line six-cylinder front engine, the rear-wheel drive layout – something that is rarely seen in today's cars – has managed to reach something beyond the confines of Toyota."
The design imitates the Toyota 2000GT of the years & # 60; – in particular the engine bonnet and the double-bubble roof
It is said that the interior is inspired by a single-seat sports car, although much of the picture comes from the sister model BMW
All the Supras will be equipped with two different driving modes: Normal and Sport – for the road and a special "track" setting that prevents stability control by electronically interfering when you want to send the samurai sports car sideways
Inside, the cockpit is said to be inspired by a racing single-seater, with a low window line to maximize the view of the extended bonnet and main controls with an easy view and reach of the driver.
That said, most seem to be inspired by BMW, as the control panels known in the Z4 can be located around the cab, including the control dial of the i-Drive infotainment of the German brand.
The interior also has a racing-style steering wheel, anatomic seats with Alcantara upholstery and two 8.8-inch displays: one for the instrument cluster and the other a touch-screen for music control and display of vehicle information.
It's quite practical – even for sports car standards – with a 290-liter boot.
Only 900 will arrive in Europe in the first 12 months, so take your orders now if you want one before the summer of 2020.
A 290-liter boot means that the Supra can be a performing car with a little bit of practicality
The 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder turbo engine has a power of 335 horsepower, can hit 52 miles per hour in just over four seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph per hour
With a zero-emission future not far behind the corner, the Supra could be seen as a one-handed salute to electric vehicles that will soon dominate the market
|gender||6 cylinders, in line|
|Valve mechanism||24-valve DOHC with variable valve control and variable cam timing|
|Fuel supply system||Direct injection|
|overfeed||Single twin-scroll turbo|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||82.0 x 94.6|
|Compression ratio||11.0: 1|
|Max. Power (bhp / kW @ rpm)||335/250 @ 5,000 6,500|
|Max. Torque (Nm @ rpm)||500 @ 1,600 4,500|
|Emissions level||6d euros|
|Power to weight ratio (kg per kW)||6|
|Max. Speed (mph)||155 (electronically limited)|
|0-62mph acceleration (sec)||4.3|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS|
|All data on TBC fuel consumption||TBC|
|Fuel tank capacity (l)||52|
|Related NEDC CO2 emissions (g / km)||170|
|Front suspension||Double-joint axle with aluminum-steel structure with hydraulically damped ball bearing bearings|
|Rear suspension||5-arm axle in lightweight aluminum-steel construction|
|gender||Rack and pinion, electric power steering|
|Global report||15.1: 1|
|Min. Circular turning (m)||11|
|Front (diameter x thickness, mm)||Ventilated discs, 348 x 36, with fixed pliers with 4 pans|
|Rear (diameter x thickness, mm)||Ventilated discs, 345 x 24, with single-pot floating calipers|
|gender||Michelin Pilot Super Sport|
|Front||255/35 ZR 19 96Y|
|Rear||275/35 ZR 19 100Y|
|Overall length (mm)||4,379|
|Overall width (mm)||1,854|
|Overall height (mm)||1,292|
|Front track (mm)||1,594|
|Rear track (mm)||1,589|
|Curve weight less driver (kg)||1,495|
|Gross weight of the vehicle (kg)||1,815|
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