New 2019 Toyota Supra: Four-cylinder variants confirmed for Japan

Resurrected halo model revealed at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show with a 335bhp six-cylinder engine, but four-cylinder versions also exist

The long-awaited, fifth-generation Toyota Supra has stormed into the 2019 Detroit Motor Show, with first UK deliveries due in the summer for Toyota’s reborn icon. 

Toyota claims the GR (Gazoo Racing) Supra has been conceived as “a sports car in its purest form” with “no compromise that would diminish the driving experience”. Prices will start from £52,695 in Britain for what is, for now, the base 3.0-litre model, while the top spec 3.0-litre A90 edition will cost £56,945. 

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Toyota Supra: engine, 0-62mph and top speed

For now here in Europe all versions get a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six, developing 335bhp. Every model is rear-wheel drive and has an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox; there is no manual version. The Supra will do 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, but Toyota says the top speed will be electronically limited to 155mph.

Every version of the GR Supra sold in Europe will come with an active differential, which is operated by a dedicated ECU. The system monitors everything from steering, throttle and brake inputs to engine speed and yaw rate, for maximum grip.

As was confirmed last year in a suite of revealing spy shots, the new Supra has been developed extensively at the Nürburgring in Germany. This, Toyota claims, was done to achieve “the most agile, stable and rewarding handling”.

Toyota has revealed that two four-cylinder Supra variants have been developed for the Japanese market, but has yet to confirm if they’ll come to Europe beyond the launch of the 3.0-litre car. In Japan, the Supra SZ-R and SZ both use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, also developed by BMW and also sending power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF gearbox.

Japan’s basic Supra SZ develops 194bhp, making it ever so slightly less powerful than Toyota’s other sports car – the GT 86. It does boast 320Nm of torque, however, and 0-62mph is claimed in 6.5 seconds. The SZ-R uses a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre engine and has 254bhp and 400Nm on board. 0-62mph drops to 5.2 seconds.

Dimensions and design

Measuring 4,379mm long, 1,292mm tall and 1,854mm wide, the Supra is longer, lower and wider than a Toyota GT86. The Supra’s wheelbase is shorter, however, but the wider tyres and favourable stance should make it even sharper to drive. With the 3.0-litre powertrain on board, it tips the scales at 1,520kg. The 2.0-litre variants for Japan are lighter, with the base SZ Supra weighing in at 1,410kg.

Design-wise, the production car stays almost completely true to the GR Supra Racing concept revealed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Of course, many of the body panels have been toned down for the new road car, and the concept’s huge rear wing has been removed completely.

Inspired by the legendary (and now very collectable) 2000GT from the sixties, the Supra retains a long bonnet and double-bubble roof. The various vents and creases are all functional, we’re told, precisely calculated to achieve optimum drag and lift characteristics, as well as perfect front/rear weight distribution.

The Supra has been developed with BMW alongside the latter’s new convertible Z4, and the German firm’s influence is most apparent inside. The cockpit is designed around a set of race-inspired seats, with extra side bolstering, high back support and integrated head restraints. Every car gets a set of digital dials, and the infotainment screen, iDrive-style click wheel, climate controls and gearlever look like they’ve been lifted unashamedly from the BMW parts bin.

Specification and prices

All models will come with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, as well as a choice of bold colour options. Toyota says customers will be offered red, yellow and blue shades, as well as a matt-grey finish. Just 900 cars will come to Europe in the car’s first full year on sale, although it’s currently unclear how many of those have been allocated to UK buyers.

Two specs will be available at launch: standard and Pro. All cars get those alloy wheels, as well as high-performance brakes, adjustable driving modes and adaptive dampers. Dual-zone air-conditioning, keyless entry, LED lights and a rear-view camera are also fitted.

The Supra Pro models, which are expected to account for most UK sales, are priced from £54,000 and feature leather trim, a 12-speaker JBL stereo, a head-up display and a wireless phone charger among other extras. 

In addition, just 90 examples of the exclusive Supra A90 Edition will be built, finished in matt Storm Grey, with matt-black 19-inch wheels and red leather seats. The asking price for these is £56,945.

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