A look at the latest Japanese sports car Toyota GR Supra.
The GR Supra, with 340 horsepower and rear-wheel drive, brings a legendary Toyota moniker back to life by giving an exhilarating complement to a sensible hybrid lineup.
The Toyota GR Supra is much more than a vehicle created and released to boost image by complimenting a hyper-rational line intended at transforming the automobile with hybrid technology over the next two decades. It’s an openly sporty coupe, the first in which Toyota’s sports branch, Gazoo Racing, has been there from the start, and proof that with the proper partners, you can still produce thrilling automobiles that can excite when driven to the limit while remaining comfortable in everyday life.
In fact, as Tetsuya Tada, the project’s chief engineer, explained during the presentation, while many of the components are similar, each development team’s design, equipment, and final suspension settings, power delivery, gearbox management, and how power is delivered to the ground are all distinct. As a result, even though they have structural similarities, their behavior will differ.
THE TOYOTA GR SUPRA’S DIMENSIONS AND ENGINES
The GR Supra has a 2.47-meter wheelbase and a 1.59-meter track, resulting in a ratio of 1.55, which is quite near to the ideal concept suggested in engineering. As a result, it has a good starting point for achieving a balanced behavior, with very high turning speed and agility limitations, despite the fact that we’re talking about a car that’s 4.38 meters long.
With these proportions, it’s astonishing that the Toyota GR Supra is happy to be a two-seater, much alone a two-seater. However, the search for optimal weight distribution has conditioned the layout of the engine, which is a longitudinal six-cylinder in line and virtually behind the front axle, transmission, and power to the rear wheels, as well as the search for a very low body. Criticizing? No, I don’t believe so. After all, no one complains about the Porsche Cayman, and due to the engine’s central location, only two people may travel.
The Toyota GR Supra’s engine is a three-liter inline six-cylinder with direct injection and turbocharging, capable of producing 340 horsepower and, more shockingly, a brutal torque of 500 Nm between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm, making it a true beast of devastating power: hence the claimed 4.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h and an extraordinary response to the accelerator throughout the engine’s useful range of use.
It’s mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission with genuine manual shifts, as well as an active differential that reacts to the Sport driving mode by altering the torque reaching each of the rear wheels up to 100%, enhancing traction both under braking and acceleration.
THE TOYOTA SUPRA’S TWO DRIVING MODES
A button behind the gear selector allows you to choose between Normal driving mode, which is optimized to achieve a comfortable driving experience that makes the Toyota GR Supra a viable day-to-day vehicle – well soundproofed, comfortable suspension given the ultra-low profile tires mounted, and reasonable visibility – and Sport driving mode, which not only disables Stop & Start, but also stiffens the suspension with Monroe gas shock absorbers and modifies the engine delivery. It becomes more effective in practice as it provides more input and reduces the time it takes for the damping to extend. In reality, according to the official documentation, the slalom test result was 20 percent faster than planned.
Because the Toyota GR Supra’s sporty character shines through in every line and piece of equipment. The bodywork is eye-catching. It is wide, low, and has a front based on the brand’s most recent proposals, as well as a short, sloping rear window, all of which are aimed to accentuate the feeling. So is the inside, which is good for two people and has chairs with air cushions that adjust to different physiognomies. Supra.
As a point of improvement, it’s worth noting the limited number of storage spaces, which means that in practice, bags, glasses cases, and other items will end up in the trunk -which is connected to the passenger compartment and lacks an insulating element to separate them-: not essential features for a car with an unabashedly sporty style, but which become even more important when we’re talking about a car like this, perfectly suitable for the daily lives of those who can afford to pay the premium.