Toyota Supra: by the force of the wrist - Companies

Toyota Supra: by the force of the wrist – Companies

The Supra, we have known it since 2019. This coupe was designed on the same basis as the BMW Z4 roadster and uses its engines: 2.0 turbo of 258 hp or 3.0 six-cylinder turbo of 340 hp, both associated so far only an automatic transmission.

For those who like to drive with the force of the wrist, the manufacturer adds a manual gearbox (which is becoming a rarity on sports cars), just on the larger engine. To prevent the lever from bumping into the center console, it had to be completely redesigned! This lever is well guided and offers good mechanical rendering. The clutch also allows you to rediscover the joys of heel-toe (the double clutch can be done automatically if desired). But this box is slower than the automatic and has only six reports against eight. This slightly limits acceleration (+0.3 seconds in the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h), although we always have enough under the right foot.

Lighter by 17 kilos, the “meca” box is accompanied by other weight reduction measures (new 18-inch rims, new audio system, removal of leather upholstery and electric seat adjustment), for a total gain almost 40 kg. Not enough to transfigure this coupe, which retains the qualities that we knew it: a powerful and melodious engine, pushing up to 7,000 rpm, a balanced chassis that investigates curves with a simple turn of the steering wheel, a controlled differential which avoids making the tires go up in smoke (and also makes it possible to maintain drifts…). We also find the same faults: very light steering and a brake pedal lacking bite. The car remains more “Grand Touring” type than pure sports car, providing excellent comfort on a daily basis and on long journeys, especially as the trunk of this two-seater is large and practical. The icing on the cake, the manual transmission Supra costs 3,825 euros less than the automatic. This will delight purists…

Toyota Supra

3.0 turbo

Inline six-cylinder, petrol, turbo, 2,998 cc / 340 hp (250 kW) / 500 Nm; length: 4.38m; weight: 1.577 kg

Performance

Max speed: 250 km/h (limited); 0-100km/h: 4.6s; normalized consumption: 8.8 l/100 km); CO2 emissions: 198 g/km (WLTP).

Price

€65,360

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Pleasant manual gearbox, balanced and efficient handling, performance of the BMW engine, very decent comfort, rich equipment

Steering not very communicative, lack of braking bite, peripheral visibility, strict two-seater

For those who like to drive with the force of the wrist, the manufacturer adds a manual gearbox (which is becoming a rarity on sports cars), just on the larger engine. To prevent the lever from bumping into the center console, it had to be completely redesigned! This lever is well guided and offers good mechanical rendering. The clutch also allows you to rediscover the joys of heel-toe (the double clutch can be done automatically if desired). But this box is slower than the automatic and has only six reports against eight. This slightly limits acceleration (+0.3 seconds in the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h), although we always have enough under the right foot. Lighter by 17 kilos, the “meca” box is accompanied by other weight reduction measures (new 18-inch rims, new audio system, removal of leather upholstery and electric seat adjustment), for a total gain almost 40 kg. Not enough to transfigure this coupe, which retains the qualities that we knew it: a powerful and melodious engine, pushing up to 7,000 rpm, a balanced chassis that investigates curves with a simple turn of the steering wheel, a controlled differential which avoids making the tires go up in smoke (and also allows you to maintain drifts…). We also find the same faults: very light steering and a brake pedal lacking bite. The car remains more “Grand Touring” type than pure sports car, providing excellent comfort on a daily basis and on long journeys, especially as the trunk of this two-seater is large and practical. The icing on the cake, the manual transmission Supra costs 3,825 euros less than the automatic. This will delight purists…

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