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Wait is over as thrilling new Toyota Supra sports car is unveiled

By Paul Connolly

After months of leaks, teasers, hints and trails, Toyota this week finally officially revealed the Supra sports car.

Developed alongside the new BMW Z4 convertible, with which is shares many components, it’s a 155mph two-door coupe with a turbo straight-six engine and an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

As official pictures show, it’s been worth the wait: the car is a sleek, muscular drop-top with a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds. The 155mph top speed is electronically limited.

Prices start from £52,695 on the road. All European models will come with an active differential and a dedicated electronic control unit which monitors the car’s reactions including steering, acceleration, braking, engine performance and pitch and roll.

The Toyota Supra was a sports car/grand tourer made by Toyota between 1978 and 2002.

Its styling was derived from the well-known Celica coupe, and it was originally known as the Toyota Celica Supra but the Celica bit was soon dropped.

So internationally recognised did the Supra become that it has appeared in numerous video games and movies, including Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Need for Speed, and The Fast and the Furious series.

So the arrival of the Supra is a big moment in Toyota history - a fact underlined by it’s big reveal at the giant 2019 Detroit Motor show.

Officially titled Toyota GR Supra (after the company’s sports wing Gazoo Racing), the car is officially the fifth generation of the Supra.

It features a front-mounted, straight-six engine driving the rear wheels and boasting, according to the manufacturer, “an exhilarating blend of power, agility and precision handling, achieved thanks to the car’s combination of a short wheelbase and wide track, light weight, low centre of gravity and highly rigid body.”

The 3.0-litre engine benefits from a twin-scroll turbocharger and produces 335bhp/250kW and 500Nm of torque.

Coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it is characterised by “smooth and powerful” acceleration, with large amounts of torque available across the full spectrum of engine speeds.

The historic 2000GT Supra’s influence is apparent in the long bonnet, compact body and double-bubble roof, while the distinctive look of the fourth generation Supra is captured in both the front and rear styling, in particular in the muscular rear wings and the arc of the integrated spoiler.

The driver’s cockpit includes a head-up display, meters and plus additional switches located on the three-spoke steering wheel.  The wheel itself is contoured for excellent grip and is wrapped in leather.

An 8.8-inch high-definition driver’s instrument display is clearly visible through the steering wheel, with the 3D-effect tachometer and shift indicator positioned in the centre; a digital speed read-out is to the left and infotainment and navigation information is to the right.

Toyota says the boot space is large enough for two people’s luggage for a weekend away and can be extended with a removable panel at the back of the cabin, creating enough space for a golf bag or all the personal kit needed for a track day.

Normal or Sport driving modes can be selected and there is a Launch Control function tp enable powerful acceleration from standstill with maximum traction.

The Vehicle Stability Control has a special ‘track’ setting, reducing the level of system intervention so the driver has greater control of the vehicle’s dynamic performance.

Safety features include Supra Safety+ package, which comprises Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Change Departure Alert, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Rear-end Collision Alert, and intelligent parking sensors with automatic braking. In addition, there is an eCall function that will send an automatic location alert to the emergency services in the event of a serious collision, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda is obviously pleased with the new creation, saying: “Back in the day, I spent countless hours driving an old Supra at the Nürburgring to become a Master Driver.

“Supra is like an old friend that holds a special place in my heart. While other manufacturers were putting their beautiful new prototypes which they were going to introduce through their paces, I was driving an old Supra, just like a lot of other die-hard Supra fans around the world. I secretly wanted to make it happen.

“The new GR Supra was born through testing at the Nürburgring, and I can honestly say that it is a car that is fun to drive and better than ever.”

The car will be built in Graz, Austria. Order books are now open, with deliveries beginning in  late summer this year.

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