Toyota Supra review

After years of being lost in the wilderness, an iconic Japanese performance nameplate is back

It is impossible to talk about Toyota Supra 25 years after its fourth-generation, cult-hit A80 car launched without also mentioning BMW. We should get that out of the way before we move on to the important things: how the car looks and feels, and what it might feel like to be yours after spending PS54,000 to buy it.

This week’s road-test subject was born in 2012 when Japanese and German marques forged a partnership to develop hydrogen fuel cells, electrification technology, and lightweight materials. The collaboration also included a new sports car. This is why we have the revitalized BMW Z4 and the first Toyota flagship sports car in decades. The cars are identical in engineering terms and were built together (along with the Mercedes G-Class, Jaguar I-Pace, and the Jaguar I-Pace) by Magna Steyr, Austria – the first Supra outside of Japan. You can also see a similarity between the A90’s headlights to those on the A80. It is possible to overlook the fact that the intake adjacent to the car is fake.

There is some controversy about the division of labor during gestation. Toyota claims that BMW was the ideal partner, because a straight six petrol engine is a central tenet in the new GR Supra. However, if you are looking for large quantities of high-quality straight-six petrol engines, there are very few options. However, this doesn’t explain why Supra’s platform and gearbox, wheelbase, and many of the electronics were also shared with BMW. It all comes down to economics.

Legendary Toyota boss AkioToyoda claims he learned his driving skills from the A80 Supra. However, the Supra revival project needs to make a profit. You can make more money by sharing the fixed costs of building a sports car in today’s highly competitive market. Don’t forget to mention that Toyota has recently collaborated with Subaru in creating the GT86.

You can find out exactly which Toyota this is by standing still.

Price PS54,000 Power 335bhp Torque 368lb ft 0-60mph 4.4sec 30-70mph in fourth 4.8sec Fuel economy 28.4mpg CO2 emissions 170g/km 70-0mph 41.9m

A glance at the GR Supra range

The Supra’s modern version starts service with only one powertrain option. Under the bodywork is a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight 6 mated with an eight-speed auto gearbox. Both elements were sourced from BMW. Toyota is working on more powerful versions, but has not yet committed to making a manual version.

Two trim levels are available: GR Supra Pro and GR Supra Pro. The latter model costs PS54,000, and includes leather-trimmed seats, an upgraded audio system, wireless charging, and wireless phone charging. However, both models come with an active sports differential as well as adaptive.