This is not a drill, folks! After what feels like an eternity spent in development, generating countless rumors and leaks along the way, the Toyota Supra has finally received an officially official debut at this year’s Detroit auto show.
While it feels like there is little we don’t already know about the Supra, let’s start from the beginning.
The result of Toyota and BMW’s platform partnership is a sports car architecture that underpins the Z4 and Supra. While both cars go in their own direction, the Supra aims directly at the tried and true sports car formula which made the nameplate a success in the past. A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine sits up front, sending 330-hp to the rear wheels. An 8-speed automatic transmission is the only option, so stick-shift lovers may be disappointed, but shouldn’t find it all that surprising at this point. Helped by a launch control feature, the Supra is capable of reaching 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds. Sitting low with a short and wide wheelbase, a 50:50 weight distribution is achieved, and is sure to make the new Supra (codenamed “A90”) a delight for driving enthusiasts.
Stylistically, the Supra shares little in common with the rest of Toyota’s lineup, even its sports car sibling 86. The Supra’s front fascia comes to a point, reminiscent to the nose of an F1 car. Supra’s sleek-shaped LED headlights are underlined by daytime running light accents, and narrowly taper towards the center of the front end. Extending from beneath the headlights are ventilation ducts that help cool the front brakes. Centered beneath the Toyota badge, a wide grille holds another group of openings, directing air to the engine and beneath the chassis, for improved aerodynamics.
A sharply-raked windshield and blacked-out A-pillars create a sporty, albeit somewhat familiar looking greenhouse, which slopes into the deck lid in fastback fashion. Side scoops carved into each door serve as stylish signature, leading toward the shapely rear quarter panels. A double-bubble roof adds even more sports car flavor to the design. Dual exhaust pipes flank the sides of a prominent rear diffuser, which features a motorsport-like light in the center (similar to the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ).
Sitting in the highly-bolstered driver’s seat, the Supra’s asymmetrical cockpit layout is very much driver-focused. Wrapped in a premium-feeling leather is a thick-rimmed steering wheel, and placed comfortably within reach are a pair of paddle shifters. Behind the steering wheel, a digital display provides all of the information for the instrument cluster. Placed on top and at the center of the Supra’s dash is a 6.5-inch infotainment display that’s controlled by a rotary dial placed alongside the shift lever. Accommodating two passengers, knees and elbows will find comfortably padded surfaces to rest on. Contrast stitching throughout the cabin, along with optional leather and Alcantara seats, the interior overall looks and feels premium.
Despite the long wait, the highly-anticipated Supra looks every bit the sports car we hoped for. Now we just wait until we can drive it.