Toyota wants to be perceived more as a sporty car brand in the future. But a first flagship of these new dynamic ambitions relies primarily on Bavarian technology.
The rumor mill about the return of the Toyota sports car icon Supra has been bubbling for years. Now the time has come: The new edition of the two-seater coupé developed in close cooperation with BMW is officially presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (until January 27, 2019). In Germany, the 250 kW / 340 hp version GR Supra 3.0 should be available from late summer at prices from around 63.000 euros.
Unlike the open technology brother Z4, Toyota will offer the Supra as a closed coupe. Despite a similar silhouette, this looks very different from the BMW counterpart. Striking details are wide headlights with six-lens LED units and elongated LED daytime running light eye shadows as well as a double-bubble roof. The aerodynamic design of the front, special ventilation slots in the bonnet and the flanks, as well as strongly protruding wheel arches at the rear, give the Supra a pleasingly independent look.
The BMW genes, however, were not concealed in the drive. As with the current top engine of the Z4, the Supra GR 3.0 uses an inline six-cylinder in combination with an eight-speed automatic. With the 500 Newton meter power plant and the support of a launch control, a sprint time from standstill to 100 km / h should be possible in 4,3 seconds. An equal 50:50 axle load distribution, two-joint MacPherson struts at the front and a five-link rear axle as well as an active differential, an adaptive chassis and the 19-inch alloy wheels, which are also standard, in turn promise high-level agility.
The standard equipment includes distance control, two-zone air conditioning, keyless entry and start system, sports seats, reversing camera or an infotainment system with 8,8-inch display and navigation. A premium package is optionally available, which includes leather seats, a JBL sound system and a head-up display. In addition to these extras, a start edition called A90, limited to 90 pieces, also offers gray matt lacquer, black aluminum rims and red seat covers.
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