It has been a decade since the last hint about the return of the revolutionary Supra but the wait had risen up to be exhausting and is known to be the longest, laziest car release ever comprehended. However, the highly anticipated Toyota car was finally revealed at the 2019 NAIAS Detroit motor car show. It is the A90 GR Supra by Toyota, the fifth of its generation to be carrying the Supra name, which is set to hit the UK in summer 2019. Does it live up to the hype?
About the Vehicle
Toyota coupled in partnership with BMW hence shows resemblance to the second generation Z4 roadster due to the shared platform and engines. It has a six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine and the apparent styling is one of its ‘Condensed Extreme’ designs with a stretched bonnet, a double-bubble roof and stubby overall rear. However, some major design hints were picked from the previous Supra.
The Auto Express says “the first impression of the Supra is of a precisely balanced car”. The suspension has the attributes of its competitors, 718 Cayman GTS where the ‘linear’ steering helps the driver to ‘quickly build confidence in the chassis. The motoring site, Top Gear had the opportunity for an early test drive and is impressed by the straight-six engine and transmission as one of the very best combinations, although the “pitch and roll can be a little unnerving” through high-speed waves.
The GR (Gazoo Racing) name banner for the new Supra heightens its value for being fit for the racing tracks as well as the usual roads, a two in one feature more like. Besides, because of a shorter wheelbase, the vehicle has a lower center of gravity hence more stable for drifting in racing. The Supra displays balance on the road and enhanced balance on the race track. The steering is smooth and reflects agility and the body roll builds up gradually, however, this is where you need the dampers firm or else the body weight shift in a worrisome way.
It concluded to be a 90% road car but because of its playful balance, a happy vehicle on the tracks, more fun when boundaries pushed.
Would it be worth the wait?
Toyota has gone in a critical pathway with the new Supra, a road car which is able to provide more when asked to do so. This vehicle with its 3.0-Liter turbo six, rear wheel drive, a stiff smooth body including inspired design cues from the fourth generation Supra sure does sound promising. Now the little wait remains on the hope that it would have been worth the while. The Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda himself gave a green light after test driving at Nürburgring, and signed off saying “The new GR Supra was born through testing at Nürburgring, and I can honestly say that it is a car that is fun to drive and better than ever.”