“The Supra” returns

Heart over head

The heart says yes, the head is screaming. A car should be gentle these days, economical and clean. But even do-gooders, who have a brave but boring Toyota Prius at the door, secretly dream of wild cornering and seconds sprints in a supercar. Like in the reborn Toyota Supra. The, or the, Supra, that's a matter of opinion, is now in the fifth generation again his muscles under an excitingly cut sheet dress with plenty of beads and edges play.

For seventeen years Supra fans had to wait for the return  

After a break of seventeen years Toyota continues the tradition of the legendary two-seater 2000 GT from the sixties with the new Supra, under whose outrageously long bonnet once an 150 PS strong and longitudinally built six-cylinder did its job. Just 351 of the automobile beauties were built to make a (or a) Chevrolet Corvette and a Jaguar E-Type legs. At a price that you had to put on the table for a Porsche at the time. For this one got a natural only after today's view archaic piece of jewelery, which calls for flexibility and when switching and steering plenty of muscle power.

The Toyota 2000 GT is by far the most beautiful and expensive classic Japanese. Picture: Jürgen C. Braun
The voluminous dashboard in the 2000 GT is made of rosewood and timelessly beautiful.
The lines of the 1,16 meter high Toyota 2000 GT are reminiscent of legends like the Jaguar E-Type or the Ferrari GTO.
The Toyota Supra for the 1990 years: race car technology (330 PS) with comfort tuning.

In the new Supra, the designers kept the classic proportions

For the visual design of the new Toyota Supra, which is almost 4,40 meters long, the designers adhered to the classic proportions: long bonnet, short rear, tight overhangs. The front looks massive with the distinctive grille and the two large air inlets responsible for cooling the engine. While the nose of the vehicle is oriented flat towards the ground, the rear end of the vehicle hood is almost at the same height as the arched rear spoiler. The 19-inch models sit tightly in the rear wheel arches and push the limits of what is feasible in series production today. With its two bulges, the “double-bubble” roof cites sports car history, reduces air resistance and increases the headroom for the driver and front passenger.

Classic sports car: Two seats and a weight distribution of 50: 50.

Inside, the common genes show up with the BMW Z4 

While the exterior of the Toyota has retained its originality, the relationship to the BMW Z4, with which it is built at Magna in Graz and with which it shares its hardware, engine and transmission, is more pronounced. Buttons and rotary switches, the gearshift lever for the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 8,8 inch narrow infotainment display and the I-Drive control knob were largely taken over unchanged by the people of Munich. 

For economic reasons, Toyota teamed up with BMW. Sharing platforms is easy on the wallet.
Brothers not only in spirit: In the interior, the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra are more similar than outwardly.
The center console including shift knob and iDrive controller in the Toyota Supra are 100 percent from Munich, the dashboard looks more straightforward in the Japanese and the instruments appear more intuitive.

The acronym GR stands for Gazoo Racing, the motor sports department of Toyota

The seats are pleasantly sporty and taut, the trunk reveals a volume of 295 liters behind the narrow cargo hatch. The GR Supra - the abbreviation stands for Toyota's motorsport department Gazoo Racing - is responsible for plenty of propulsion. The torque of 340 Newton meters is already available at 500 revolutions per minute and flows to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. Even on the winding stretches of the Palatinate Forest, the briefly translated lower gears and the quick interplay never left the need to shift gear yourself, not even with the paddles on the steering wheel. By changing from the “Normal” to “Sport” driving mode, you can change the sound, the response behavior and the damper, steering and differential settings. In Europe, the Supra is also coming onto the market with an active differential that distributes the forces between the drive wheels from 1600 to 0 percent in a matter of seconds, both when accelerating and braking.

The view over the shoulder to the rear is not the best.

Admittedly, the direct injection turbo with a standard consumption of 7,5 liters makes the Toyota Supra not exactly the economical representatives of its guild and is anything but a sensible car. If you still want to fulfill your dream of driving and not of saving with the GR Supra, you should have 62.900 euros ready and be patient until at least next spring. The quota of 300 copies for German imports is already sold out.

Text and photos: Solveig Grewe

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