There is now a new Toyota model that you can use in Tamiya's Mini 4WD Pro series. After the Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid debuted earlier this year, the modelmaker has now added another Toyota model into its Mini 4WD lineup – the GR Supra.
As with most Mini 4WD cars that are based on actual production models, the GR Supra does have some weird proportions. However, it is still easily recognizable as the brand's flagship sports car. It's nice to see that the finer details such as the double-bubble roof and faux air vent on the door have been incorporated into the 1:32 scale model.
To be specific, the GR Supra will be using an MA Pro Chassis, similar to the TS050 Hybrid before it. That said, the MA Pro chassis uses a twin-shaft motor which is mounted in the middle of the chassis. This setup allows it to be more balanced and stable compared to other Mini 4WD chassis models as most of the weight is in the center.
Other features include six individual low-friction rollers and a rear skid bar. Tamiya says “The single-piece monocoque frame also guarantees that assembling and keeping the car well-maintained is a task that can be performed by beginners and veteran racers alike.”
Based on the Tamiya website, there doesn't seem to be any other color option for the GR Supra aside from red. As with most things in the hobby world, there's no stopping you from repainting it yourself though. Also included in the box are stickers that replicate headlights, windows, and more. Silver color wheels with low profile tires are also standard. As with all Mini 4WD models, the GR Supra can still be modified with various accessories including the bumpers, rollers, motors, and even gearsets.
At the moment, Tamiya did not disclose when the GR Supra will be released or how much it will cost. It was recently showcased alongside the TS050 Hybrid and the “Dyipne” at the 2019 All Japan Model and Hobby Show. It's interesting to think that while the actual GR Supra is built in Germany, the Tamiya version is being built right here in Cebu.