And it Comes in Yellow: 2019 Toyota Supra Review

The Toyota Supra, first presented to the world in Detroit at the motor show this year in the city, is a car to behold. It has a 335bhp six-cylinder engine; however, it is also possible to buy a four-cylinder version, if that’s your thing.

You’ll feel so very Jeremy Clarkson in this baby, but without the bad jeans and rotten teeth.

This dream of a car made a huge impression when it was first unveiled in America. British admirers of the car, however, will have to wait until this summer when deliveries will be made.

Toyota claims the vehicle to be a ‘sports car in its purest form’. With a £52,695 starting price in the UK for the 3.0-litre model, this climbs up to three grand more for the 3.0-litre A90 edition.

At the moment in Europe, all models of the Supra receive rear-wheel, eight-speed automatic gearboxes and the jewel in the crown, a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six. Unfortunately, this car doesn’t come in manual shift, so I suppose it’ll suit all those ‘so-called’ drivers in America who prefer automatics.

The engine, capable of doing 0–62mph in 4.3 seconds, is an impressive beast and will get you to wherever you need to be with time to spare. The caveat of all this is — sadly for us drivers but responsibility on the manufacturer’s side — Toyota is going to electronically restrict the speed to 155mph.

For those Greek drivers a little more accident prone, cough-cough Prince Philip, this should be the perfect car then.

All models sold in Europe will come with an active differential that monitors everything from tyre grip, engine speed, steering and throttle performance to even yaw rate (what in the hell is that!). Now, that’s an impressive list. Toyota wants to give you the ultimate driving experience, and safely, too. And in order to give you it, the company has been working on the car relentlessly in Nürburgring, Germany, developing every part of the model up to rigorous Japanese standards. Toyota maintains the testing and re-testing of the vehicle is to reach perfection in agility, stability and easy handling.

The company has yet to substantiate if the two four-cylinder Supra variants will be available for the European market after the release of the 3.0-litre model. The two four-cylinder variants have been specifically designed for the Japanese market. In Japan, both the Supra SZ-R and SZ models have turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines, developed by BMW, which powers the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF case. The Japanese model Supra SZ engine has 194bhp. This, unfortunately, makes it a little less powerful than Toyota’s alternative sports car, the classy GT 86. However, considering it is not so impressive in regards to bhp, it can gloat being able to do 0–62mph in six and a half seconds and have 320Nm of torque. In contrast, the SZ-R model can do 0–62mph in 5.2 seconds, has a 2-litre engine while boasting 254bhp and 400Nm. Impressive stuff.

Talking about design and dimensions, the Supra stands well above all the competitors. Measuring 4,379mm in length, 1,854mm in width and a height of 1,292mm, it is sleeker than the Toyota GT86, making it a dream to drive with perfect front and rear weight distribution, especially around sharp corners and winding roads. The Supra comes in at 1,520kg and has a 3.0-litre driveline. At 1410kg, the 2.0-litre SZ Supra Japanese model comes in a lot lighter.

You’ll feel so safe in this car, you’ll be confident of coming out alive after the car chase in the movie Ronin.

Inspired in part from the classic 2000GT, when it comes to design, it just doesn’t get much better than this. Toyota has stuck to tried and tested methods for the production car. The vehicle’s creases and vents are all very functional while sustaining optimum drag and lift. More good news is that the roof design and sleek iconic-looking long bonnet remain. BMW’s influence on the model — as the Supra has been designed and developed together with BMW’s own Z4 convertible — is clear to see, especially in the cockpit. The IDrive-style click wheel, gear lever, infotainment screen, digital dials and climate controls are all indebted to the German car manufacturer in regard to style. The seats, too, have a racy feel to them, with high back support, additionally bolstered at the sides and headrests that both look safe and design conscious.

At launch, two specs will be available, standard and pro. You get 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, as well as a top-notch braking system, adaptive dampers and different drive modes to suit your mood and terrain. When it comes to comfort, the model has air conditioning that is dual-zone, a rear-view camera for extra safety, LED lights and keyless entry, making the Supra the go-to car for comfort, style and reliability.

It’s got more tech than in Battlestar Galatica.

In its first year on sale, it is reported that about 900 Supras will be delivered to the European market for 2019. The car comes in a variety of colours: red, dark and light blue, a grey version and even a yellow one for the more extrovert amongst us.

Or Jeremy Corbyn.

Also included are a wireless phone charger, a 12-speaker JBL stereo, leather trim and many other small features too numerous to name here. And for only £54,000, you can’t go wrong.

This article was originally published on Linkedin on March 5, 2019

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