If I said I wasn’t excited about this review you would firstly say you’re lying, then you would say you’re still lying and you would right how could I not be when I’ve been given the keys to a 250kW sports car for the week.
It’s so secret either that a few years ago BMW needed a new Z4 convertible and Toyota it was time to bring back a car that over the years has developed a bit of a cult following the Supra.
But in saying that while that are made on the same platform the only that is similar is the turbo 6 cyl engine, the interior and the 8 speed ZF auto.
Toyota has developed its own suspension, engine and steering tunes to distinguish it further from the Z4.
The reintroduction of the Supra has created a lot of excitement so much so the only way to get your hands on one was through a unique online lottery.
While the Supra can be had with a turbo 4 overseas, in Australia it’s only available with the Turbo 6 pack and comes in two flavours GT which I am testing and the GTS.
The GT starts off at just under $85,000 and I thought was pretty well specced with paddle shifting for manual gear control. smart entry with keyless ignition, a carbon-look interior ornamentation, clearance sonar, adaptive LED headlights, heated and folding mirrors, automatic wipers, leather seats with eight-way power adjustment, an 8.8-inch infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charging,18-inch alloy wheels, 10-speaker stereo with DAB+ digital radio, and satellite navigation.
Stepping up to the GTS will cost you an extra $10,000 but that also gets you more toys as well including a 12-speaker JBL stereo, a head-up display, bigger 19-inch forged alloy wheels, and red brake calipers with larger brakes at the rear axle.
Inside the Supra is a nice place to be the 3 spoke sports steering wheel is comfortable to hold and the perfect thickness for me it has for audio, phone and cruise control and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission meaning you hardly ever have to take your hands off the wheels.
The body hugging heated leather sports seats are extremely comfortable and have 8 way power adjustment for back and side bolsters making it extremely easy to find the perfect driving position.
The dash is well set out and easy to read in any light with a trip computer information, a tachometer and sat nav info.
The Centre stack features an 8.8 inch touch screen which worked pretty well and was fairly easy to use to display a myriad of information including multimedia details.
The centre console is wide offers handy access to the transmission shift lever, switch gear and cup holders and features a large integrated knee pad on the driver’s side to offer additional support.
It also contains usb connections plus a very handy wireless charging tray for your.
There is a large circular controller that be used to control the multimedia system which can be daunting to use at first become easier as I worked it out.
The multimedia system with voice activation offers full Bluetooth®2 connectivity, AM/FM/DAB+3 radio and satellite navigation, I found the sound was great thanks to the 205w 10 speaker HiFi sound system with a 7-channel amplifier
Being a 2 seat sports car you know boot space is not going to massive but still at 250L it’s respectable.
Under the bonnet is a where the magic happens the Supra is powered by a BMW developed twin turbo 3L 6 cylinder backed by an 8 speed ZF auto gearbox.
With 250kW of power & 500Nm of torque on tap you know it’s going to be quick using the launch control will see the ton come up in just 4.3 seconds, not that I had the chance to really try that out on public roads to really test the Supra to it’s fullest would require a race track something this little blog just cant afford to hire.
While I didn’t get to test it to it’s full potential I did however get to drive it around for a week and got an exceptionally good feel for it and found that despite having a lot of go it’s very tractable and easy to drive around town even in bumper to bumper traffic.
Fuel economy wise I found it to be rather good averaging in the low 10’s and will run on minimum 91RON fuel requirement.
Like other cars on the market you get some engine noise plumbed into the cabin but it just adds to the outright experience of driving the Supra.
Click it into sports mode and start to enjoy the gears via the paddle shifters will invoke turbo bark and crackle noise that really is off your face enjoyable and made want to find more twisty just so I could change up and down the gears.
Throttle response I found was very good and the 8 speed auto is so matched to the engine that is seemed to be always in the right gear.
On the road I thought the Supra rides pretty damn good for a sports the adaptive suspension is god send and means that during the week you can drive it around in normal mode where it easily soaks up the bumps and imperfections that are typical on Sydney roads.
Change it to sports mode once you get to the track or to your favourite piece of road and it transforms the Supra into a weapon.
I found the steering impressive and not to heavy and very direct giving you the confidence that you know the Supra is going to go where you point it, this is helped by the sticky 18inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyre that measure 255mm at the front and 275mm at the rear.
While the steering offers great feel while your having fun it’s actually light enough to make it easy to park.
I found the brakes were great, with 348mm four piston calipers up front and 330mm single piston ones on the rear I found the Supra stopped really well. I spent a few hours on the weekend throwing it at corners and finding every little twisty bit of road I could find and found the worked well with no noticeable fade. They are however a little squeaky when you first get going but that soon goes away a few presses of the pedal and the pads warm up.
Safety wise the Supra is fitted with a full safety suite including Front collision warning (AEB) with daytime pedestrian and cyclist detection, All-speed active cruise control, Lane departure alert with steering assist, ABS with brake assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, active cornering assist and brake standby, fade and drying functions, Blind spot monitor, Rear cross-traffic alert, Hill-start assist, Tyre pressure monitor, Seven airbags (driver and passenger front, front side, side curtain, driver knee) and Pop-up bonnet system.
The Supra receives full point from me for having Front and rear parking and clearance sonars with rear-end collision warning Speed limiter and Reversing camera.
After a week with the Supra I came away very impressed and indeed part of me really didn’t want to give it back. However while I was very impressed by how well it rode, handled, drove, the standard fitted equipment levels and by the fit finish and interior material quality. The other older part of me with bad knees and ankles was happy to give it back as being a low slung sports car it made for some very unorthodox exit techniques which were probably quite amusing to other people.
But really if I had the money to afford to keep one in the garage for track days and weekends I would put up with those exits just because I know much fun I could have driving it.
The Supra is covered by Toyota’s 5 year warranty which covers non-competitive track driving and the service costs for the first 5 years are capped at $380 per service and come every 12 months.
For more info on the Supra or the rest of Toyotas range of vehicles surf on over to their website www.toyota.com.au