The fact that company boss Akio Toyoda likes to move around the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring under a pseudonym at racing pace cannot leave the company strategy untouched. The result of Toyoda's racing ambitions are not only impressive lap times, but also the revival of the Toyota sports coupe Supra.
The formally impressive sports coupe was created in close collaboration with BMW, where the technical basis rolls off the assembly line in a different form than the Z4. Although many parts are taken from Bavaria, we are dealing with two completely different characters. The comfort-oriented Bayer on the one hand and the quasi-successor to the legendary Toyota 2000 GT, which had thrilled sports car fans around the world as a super sports car from Japan in 1967, are fundamentally different. The new GR Supra not only shows a classy outfit from the outside, but also reveals its sporty racing genes in terms of driving dynamics.
On our test drive, we let the 3-liter BMW inline six-cylinder biturbo with 340 hp move swiftly over motorways and winding country roads and not only have a great feeling in terms of sound but also driving dynamics. The classic sports car construction - engine at the front, drive at the rear - and a very sporty, adaptive suspension subtly let the racing genes shine through. The engine characteristics of the bi-turbo, the rich 500 Nm of torque and a sensitively shifting ZF eight-speed automatic, which can be aligned even more precisely at the push of a sport mode button, appear to be perfectly synchronized. A low center of gravity and the optimal weight distribution of 50:50 round off the character of the sports car and give the Supra an agility that is child's play to control, which makes oversteer easy to control.
4,3 seconds to 100 are super sporty
If in 1967 150 HP was sufficient to create a super sports car, the current 340 HP in the GR Supra can be more than described as appropriate. 4,3 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h and a limited top speed of 250 km / h are no longer super sports car values, but they convey driving pleasure in the best sense. Also because the GR Supra with its 1570 kilos creates that driving feeling that can be attributed to the light-footed dynamics that result from the power-to-weight ratio. Curvy country roads seem to like the new Supra best, which can also be seen from the curved S in the Supra logo. This Logo-S is said to be borrowed from a curve sequence on the Nürburgring. The precise steering, the throttle sticking of the engine and the suspension characteristics add up to a driving experience that can be called sporty in the best sense. Toyota not only seems to have adopted the technical basis of the BMW Z4, but also the philosophy of Driving pleasure.
Formally, the Supra is a real eye-catcher
What sets the Toyota GR Supra apart from its driving qualities is an excellently designed sports car body. The classic silhouette is so successful that not only memories of the "super sports car" from 1967 are awakened, but a certain breathlessness arises: long bonnet, a cockpit moved backwards that elegantly merges into a spoiler, muscular flanks and numerous racing attributes such as the 19-inch wheels with the visible red brake calipers and two full tailpipes. This is how you shape sports cars.
The cockpit itself is ergonomically in top shape. This is where the origin of BMW can be seen most clearly, which is by no means a disadvantage. The centrally located 8,8-inch display for navigation and infotainment, the gear lever for the automatic, everything is clearly arranged and easy to use.
Everything is actually included in the basic price
The fact that the basic price of € 62.900 includes almost everything that would otherwise have to be ordered as an extra makes the athlete a desirable property. Active damping system, reversing camera, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, navigation system, lane departure warning system and much more are standard. If we have anything to criticize, it's sporting consumption. We did not manage the NEDC figure of 7,5 liters, it was always over 12 liters. However, we weren't exactly reserved on the road. In view of our driving style, it is a relatively efficient engine that is classified in efficiency class D.
Conclusion: The new GR Supra is a real sports car, is fun, does not require a racing license from the driver, looks awesome and is basically the yellow of the egg in the sports car class. The fact that the 300 vehicles allocated to the German market are already sold out this year means that anticipation for prospective buyers will grow until early summer next year.