The iconic Toyota Supra in its all-new guise has premiered at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, M.I., U.S.A. The New Supra is the first global model to come out of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GR Sports Car Series. The Supra in prototype trim has participated in the 24-hour Nurburgring, way back in 2007.
Having a background in endurance races, the then GR Supra eventually becomes the current Supra with a purpose of being fun to drive performance car. The New Supra is bound to bring a big grin to the faces of die-hard Supra fans and current performance car lovers.
The original Supra first came out in 1978 and came with front-engine and rear-wheel-drive. Production of the original Supra ended in 2002. Seventeen years later, Toyota decided to revive their world famous sportscar with a fifth-generation Supra. This time around, extensive attention has been paid to the three fundamental elements of wheelbase, tread, and center of gravity, thus achieving handling performance befitting a pure sports car. “We set out to create a pure sports car that would attain the ultimate in the fun of driving. Rather than only working toward specs such as horsepower and circuit lap times, we emphasized sensitivity performance, such as the degree to which driving could be felt to be fun, with car and driver becoming one,” commented Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada.
A special Black Edition of the New Supra has been introduced by Toyota Gazoo Racing as part of a global television commercial series to promote Toyota’s pride and joy.
Toyota Motor Corporation said sales of the all-new Toyota Supra is expected to begin in the Spring in Japan, followed by the rest of the world.
Key features of the New Supra: Pursuit of the fundamental origins of a Pure Sports Car
- A two-seater, at 2,470 mm, its wheelbase is 100 mm shorter than that of the 86. The relatively short wheelbase results in a wheelbase-to-tread ratio of 1.55, one of the smallest ratios among mass-production sports cars, contributing to excellent turning performance.
- All-out efforts were made to lower the center of gravity, resulting in a lower center of gravity than in the 86, which features a horizontally opposed engine.
- An ideal 50/50 distribution in front/rear weight balance, which is one of the crucial elements in determining cornering performance, was achieved.
- Styling is based on the concept of “Condensed Extreme L6 FR ‘TOYOTA’ Sports.
- Side-view packaging that emphasizes the presence of the wheels and tires, thanks to a short wheelbase and large-diameter wheels.
- A two-seater-appropriate, close-fitting cabin and a super-wide stance born of a wide tread.
- The long-nose, short-cabin silhouette of an inline-6, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car.
- The styling inherits the traditional features of Toyota sports cars, such as a “double bubble” roof, which contributes to reduced air friction (found in the Toyota 2000GT), and an approach for creating a condensed body design by positioning vehicle exterior lamps more inward from the sides of the vehicle to make the fenders appear more voluminous (found in the Toyota 2000GT and fourth-generation Supra).
- The space of a quintessential front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car created by a vertically slim instrument panel and a high, wide console.
- A driver’s seat-oriented, close-fitting, new-generation cockpit layout resulting from a shift-by-wire gearshift, an 8.8-inch TFT gauge display, and a large, full-color head-up display.
- High-Rigidity body for a higher state of Driving Performance
- A skeletal structure that employs both aluminum and steel, and by pursuing ways to increase bonding strength among materials of differing composition, body rigidity up to 2.5 times higher than that of the 86 was achieved.
- Rigidity is even higher than that of the Lexus LFA, which features a cabin constructed of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics.
- The tradition of an inline, six-cylinder engine found in successive generations of the Supra is carried on in the form of a 6.3-liter, inline-6, twin-scroll turbocharged engine. Maximum torque of 500 Nm is produced at a low engine revolution of 1,600 rpm.
- Available* in two differently tuned 2.0-liter, inline-4, twin-scroll turbocharged engines. One, with a high-performance maximum output of 190 kW (258 PS), is ideal for light, sporty driving, while the other, which musters 145 kW (197 PS), allows for a brisk driving sensation from in-town to highway.
- A newly designed suspension (front: double-joint spring strut; rear: multi-link) is characterized by reduced unsprung weight, high-rigidity assembly, and minute movability.
- Certain grades of the New Supra feature the Adaptive Variable Suspension system*, which provides a high level of both drivability and riding comfort by optimally controlling such elements as the selected driving mode and the damping force of each wheel’s shock absorber depending on the conditions of the road surface.
- While coordinating with the Vehicle Stability Control system, an active differential optimally controls the locking ratio between the rear left and right wheels in a stepless range of zero to 100 by way of an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch.
- When entering a corner, the differential selects the locking ratio for a high level of balance between turning performance and stability. When coming out of a turn with the driver pressing on the accelerator pedal, the locking ratio is increased for optimal traction performance.
The all-new Toyota Supra won’t appear in Malaysia anytime soon, however UMW Toyota Motor is guaranteed to pursue its domestic release soonest as a fourth quarter Malaysian debut should be possible.