Yesterday, we said that Toyota already has the first example of the 2019 Supra in the Philippines as a special “guest” for the Toyota Vios Racing Festival in Clark, Pampanga. Well, now Toyota has removed the wraps and gave us a neat preview of their new sports car.
The Supra name is one of the most revered in Toyota's history, and is one of the most powerful and popular and tunable sports cars they have ever made. The first unit that Toyota decided to bring is rightfully the Toyota GR Supra; GR stands for Gazoo Racing, their official global motorsports brand. The Supra we're looking at here is the fifth generation (A90) of the nameplate that has been out of production since 2002.
The 2019 Supra draws heavily from the styling of the FT-1 concept car that Toyota debuted several years back, and was even brought in by Toyota Motor Philippines during the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show.
Inside, the Supra features a very driver-centric interior that looks quite familiar if you've driven a modern BMW before. The reason is because the Supra was developed with BMW, and shares many components and systems, up to and including the shifter, a derivative of the i-Drive system, among others.
For performance, the GR Supra uses a 3.0-liter turbo straight-six engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. It is unrelated to the 2JZ-GTE twin turbo straight six that was in the previous A80 Supra because this one is a BMW B58.
It has direct injection and only has a single turbo. The turbo, however, is a twin-scroll model meaning it should have quicker spool up (less lag) and more linear performance compared to standard turbos. Also, this new Supra makes 340 horsepower, which is 10 more than the previous generation's most powerful version in stock form.
Toyota says the GR Supra can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds.
In the last few years, Toyota has embarked on a resurgence of their great performance models as part of Akio Toyoda's charge to make the brand fun again. It began with the release of the Toyota 86, which was jointly developed with Subaru. The Toyota Supra's story is quite similar thanks to the partnership with rear-wheel drive specialist BMW.
Unlike previous generations, the Supra we're looking at here is not made in Japan. It's Austrian made by Magna Steyr, the same factory that also produces its drop-top counterpart from BMW: the Z4.
Toyota released a teaser image that the Supra is coming, though there is no official word yet on pricing and variants.