Toyota Supra – legendary sports car returns at Detroit motor show

Toyota Supra – legendary sports car returns at Detroit motor show
Toyota Supra – legendary sports car returns at Detroit motor show

Toyota has revealed its much-anticipated next-generation Supra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new model revives the famous name from Toyota’s history and carries plenty of nods to its predecessors.

Following what Toyota call “condensed extreme” styling, the GR Supra – to give it its full name – has a short wheelbase (shorter than the GT86), wide track and compact passenger cabin set well back behind a long bonnet.

2019 Toyota Supra

That cabin features a “double-bubble” roof that not only harks back to Toyota’s sporting heritage but also helps reduce drag, while inside Toyota says the driving position and dash layout are influenced by single-seat racing cars.

Performance

Sticking to the old-school sports car format of front-engine, rear-drive, the Supra uses a 3.0-litre straight six mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The engine, like the chassis and many other of the Supra’s underpinnings is shared with the new BMW Z4.

2019 Toyota Supra

In both cars, the twin-scroll turbocharged engine produces 335bhp and 369lb/ft of torque. Using its launch control system, that’s enough to get the 1,500kg Supra from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds.

As standard, the Supra will feature selectable drive modes so owners can opt for a GT cruise or B-road blast setup depending on their mood.

Chassis

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division, which helped develop the recent Yaris GRMN, was instrumental in the development of the new Supra, including extensive testing on European roads and at the Nurburgring.

2019 Toyota Supra

It set handling and agility as its priorities and Toyota boasts that the short wheelbase and wide track give the Supra a chassis ratio of 1.55 – regarded as the sweet spot for precise handling. It also boasts 50/50 weight distribution and structural rigidity even higher than that of the Lexus LFA supercar.

All versions of the Supra sold in the UK and Europe will be fitted with an active differential to offer sharper cornering and Toyota say that the Supra will feel very different to drive from the BMW Z4.

Specs

From launch, there will be two trim levels for the Supra, starting at £52,695 for the Toyota GR Supra 3.0L, rising to £54,000 for the ‘Pro’ version.

2019 Toyota Supra

A run of prototype-inspired A90 Editions will bring just 24 examples to the UK, priced at £56,945.

All models come with the active diff and adaptive variable suspension as well as 19-inch forged alloys.

Inside, driver and passenger get Alcantara-clad sports seats, dual-zone air con and a 10-speaker stereo. Two 8.8-inch screens serve up media/nav and instrument data and all Supras come with adaptive cruise control, keyless entry/go and the comprehensive Supra Safety+ suite of driver aids.

The Supra 3.0L Pro grade, expected to account for most of the model sales in the UK, adds black leather upholstery, a 12-speaker JBL premium sound system, head-up display, wireless mobile phone charger and storage and lighting packs.

2019 Toyota Supra

The A90 Edition will be limited to just 24 examples in the UKThe A90 Edition will come only in matt-finished Storm Grey paint with matt black alloys and a red leather interior.

Order books for the Toyota GR Supra are now open, with the first customer deliveries expected in late summer.

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