The last 4th generation production Supra rolled off the line in 2002 and it has been 17 years since then without a follow up model. The all-new fifth-generation Supra marks a remarkable return of the Japanese sports car.
Toyota went on task to recreate an all-new Supra and wanted to keep the Supra as Supra as possible, by retaining the inline 6cylinder front mounted engine withe rear wheel drive, which defines the model. Toyota sought the expertise of the Bavarian automaker as they already have that type of engine and a partnership was inevitable, thence a legend was reborn.
According to Tetsuya Tada, Chief Engineer said: “We set out to create a pure sports car that would attain the ultimate in the fun of driving. Rather than only working toward specs such as horsepower and circuit lap times, we emphasized sensitivity performance, such as the degree to which driving could be felt to be fun, with car and driver becoming one.”
So the secret ingredient to the Supra is the short wheel base, low center of gravity resulting in promised excellent handling and a stable cornering stance. This is also aided by the structural integrity of the car, that employs both aluminum and steel, as well as a cabin constructed of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics.
Under the hood you will find a 3.0 inline six-cylinder engine featuring a twin-scroll turbocharging setup producing 250kW and a maximum torque of 500 N･m. This top of the range model is able to accelerate to 100km/h from standstill in 4.3 seconds.
There is also a 2.0-liter, 4 cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine, offered in two tunes, a 190 kW/400N.m that can race to 100km/h from zero in 5.2 seconds and an entry level 145 kW/350 that can sprint to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds.
The Supra features a suspension that enables precise vehicle control thanks to a newly designed suspension setup that sees a double-joint spring strut upfront and a rear multi-link setup. On some model grades you can get Adaptive Variable Suspension system, which is set to provide a high level of both drivability and riding comfort by cleverly adjusting the car’s shock absorbers.
The interior is a neat looking cabin featuring a horizontal layout, reminiscent of a Mazda setup, with a tablet-like mounted display screen operated by a rotary dial on the centre console next to an electronic park brake button. A chunky steering wheel dominates the cabin as well as stylish seats that looks set to cuddle the driver.
Local pricing sure to be announce closer to the launch date sometime this year.