New 2019 Toyota GR Supra revealed 15 | 01 | 2019

    TOYOTA HAS FINALLY, officially unveiled its all-new 335bhp Supra. Order books for the two-door coupe, start at £52,695, have already opened at Scottish dealerships. First deliveries are scheduled for the summer. But the clamour for the glamour car promises to be huge, with just 900 cars coming to Europe this year. (Related: New Toyota RAV4 spec and prices)

    Officially badged ’Toyota GR Supra’ — the GR stands for Gazoo Racing — the Japanese carmaker says the new coupe has been conceived as “a sports car in its purest form” with “no compromise that would diminish the driving experience”.

    Longer, lower and wider than a Toyota GT86, the Supra is 4379mm long, 1292mm tall and 1854mm wide. Significantly, the Supra’s wheelbase is shorter. But fitted with wider tyres, and with a more powerful, squat stance, the newcomer should be even sharper to drive. (Related: Toyota reveals Corolla Touring Sports)


    In design terms, it also stays almost completely true to the GR Supra Racing concept revealed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Of course, as you would expect, certain aspects — including many of the body panels — have been timed down. And not surprisingly, the concept’s huge rear wing has gone completely.


    But the full production model does retain the concept’s long bonnet and double-bubble roof. Designers and engineers have also collaborated to ensure all the various vents and creases are functional, having been calculated to achieve optimum drag and lift characteristics. There’s also a perfect front/rear weight distribution.

    Developed extensively at the Nurburgring in Germany, £52,695 will buy you the entry model, but you’ll need to stump up £56,945 for the top spec 3.0-litre A90 edition.


    Both are powered by a 335bhp turbocharged straight-six, which sends power to the car wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. There will be no manual option. And while Toyota has electronically restricted top speed to 155mph, it’ll crack the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.3secs.

    On European models, a dedicated ECU will operate an active differential. The electronic wizardry monitors everything from steering, throttle and brake inputs to engine speed and yaw rate, for maximum grip.


    Ease yourself into the Supra’s cabin and you can see the benefit of the car having been developed with BMW, alongside the German company’s new convertible Z4. Occupants sit in a set of race-inspired seats, with extra side bolstering, high back support and integrated head restraints. And the infotainment screen, climate controls, digital dials and gearlever look like they’ve come straight from the BMW parts bin. There’s even an iDrive-style click wheel. Could anything be more BMW-like?


    Just two trim levels — standard and Pro — will be available at launch. Both get 19in alloys as standard. Also included are LED lights, keyless entry, dual-zone air-conditioning, a rear-view camera, high-performance brakes, adaptive dampers and adjustable driving modes.


    Toyota has said just 900 new Supras will come to Europe this year. It’s unclear how many of these will come to the UK. Buyers will have the choice from palette of bold colour options, including red, yellow and blue shades. There will also be a matt-grey finish.


    Most UK sales are expected to be for the Supra Pro model. Priced from £54,000, it comes with a host of extra goodies, including a wireless phone charger,  a 12-speaker JBL stereo, leather trim and a head-up display.


    There will also be a range-topping exclusive Supra A90 Edition, which will add matt-black 19-inch wheels, red leather seats and will be finished in matt Storm Grey. Only 90 models will be built, with prices starting at  £56,945.

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    Jim McGill


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