THE TOYOTA Supra name will return to the UK after a 23-year hiatus in 2019, when a brand new version of the Japanese sports car goes on sale next year.
What is the 2019 Toyota GR Supra?
When it goes on sale next year, the GR Supra will be Toyota’s flagship model, and sit firmly above the GT86 in the company’s sports car pecking order.
Like its little brother, the new Supra has been developed with fun in mind but the experience will be a lot more extreme than with the GT86 — the GR Supra will be a proper Porsche 718 Cayman rival, with power and grip in spades. Toyota claims an “exhilarating” experience is in store for buyers.
The GR Supra has been developed alongside the new BMW Z4, and they will share the same platform and front-engined, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive layout, but Toyota claims the two cars will be very different; each company started with their own idea of what sort of car they wanted to produce and then came together to establish what components could be shared in realising their individual goals, it is claimed.
What engines will the Toyota GR Supra come with?
The only engine available for the Toyota GR Supra is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 335bhp and 368 lb ft of torque. According to Toyota, this punch allows the GR Supra to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.3 seconds, and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
All of that power and torque will be sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed semi-automatic transmission.; the driver will be able to shift gears manually, courtesy of the paddles on the steering wheel.
What tech does the Toyota GR Supra have?
The Toyota GR Supra appropriately comes with plenty of high-performance equipment as standard. All GR Supras will come with adaptive suspension, ventilated disc brakes and grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, as well as an electronically-controlled active differential that’s claimed to “deliver huge benefits in stability” when braking and cornering.
Additional standard equipment includes adaptive cruise control, a reversing camera, dual-zone air-conditioning and Alcantara sports seats, as well as safety equipment as as blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.
The marginally more expensive “Pro” model adds gear such as a heads-up display, a higher-grade sound system and wireless phone charging, and replaces the Alcantara sports seats with a pair of black leather ones.
When will the Toyota GR Supra go on sale?
Toyota UK is currently accepting orders for the Toyota Supra. The first customer cars are scheduled to arrive on UK roads in late summer 2019.
How much will the Toyota GR Supra cost?
Prices for the base Toyota GR Supra will start at £52,695, with the mildly plusher Pro version starting at £54,000. Buyers who want to own one of the limited edition £56,945 matte grey “A90 Edition” cars (which are otherwise identical the GR Supra Pro) will need to get their order in quick, as only 24 will be sold in the UK.
What are the Toyota GR Supra’s rivals?
The Toyota GR Supra will have plenty of rivals to fend off when it arrives in UK showrooms. The car’s closest competitors will be the Jaguar F-Type and BMW M2 Competition, with alternatives including the Audi TT RS, Porsche 718 Cayman and Alpine A110.