Toyota returns with their new Supra model and delivers boldness, brawn and a whole lotta fun.
By Tim Barnes-Clay, motoring journalist. Follow on Instagram @tbarnesclay.
It is a Japanese car scene legend. Yes, the name ‘Supra’ brings joy to automotive aficionados everywhere. And guess what? It’s back.
Toyota has been teasing us with the model’s return for what seems like forever. And it’s the beast we’ve been hoping for.
Looks-wise, the car is bold and brawny – and this mirrors what’s under the metal, too. Beneath the lengthy bonnet, there’s a bulging six-cylinder powerplant, just bursting at the seams with clout. Then there’s the cosy, well-equipped cabin for two under the Toyota’s roof – and the obligatory rear spoiler.
As a parent, this isn’t going to be your main family transport – it’s a toy – and a £54,000 one at that. You will get your child in the only seat beside you. And, yes, there’ll be squabbles if you have more than one offspring. I have three, so, a trio of outings was necessary every time I got the Supra’s keys out.
Fast car lovers
But if you’re buying this for play purposes – and you will be – the 3.0-litre lump will please you. It is silky-smooth, pushing out 340ps, propelling the Toyota to 62mph in 4.3 seconds via an eight-speed auto box. Oh, and the top speed is 155mph. That is licence-losing territory right there.
2019’s rear-wheel-drive Supra is a clear triumph when it comes to entertainment. But it’s a lot of dosh for a non-premium marque. Happily, though, the car’s cabin is generously trimmed and is a more pleasant place to sit than, say, a similarly priced Porsche.
Admirers of fast cars from the Far East will be delighted to learn, then, that the Supra’s return to these shores is a victory. It is a talented sports car with hot looks and a responsive rear end. I just wish I had a spare £54,000, because, believe me, it was hard to give this motor back after a week behind its wheel.
Fast Facts (Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Pro):
- Max speed: 155mph
- 0-62 mph: 4.3 sec
- Combined mpg: 34.45
- Engine layout: 2998cc, 6-cylinder turbo petrol
- Max. power (PS): 340
- CO2: 170g/km
- Price: £54,000