THE hotly anticipated Toyota GR Supra sports car has now officially arrived in Australia, delivering exhilarating performance and reigniting a Toyota performance car heritage that stretches back to the 1967 2000GT.
The Supra will spearhead Toyota’s new GAZOO Racing performance brand as its first global model, developed in collaboration with the brand’s motor sport arm and offering the performance to provide a thrilling drive experience on the road or track.
Toyota VP sales and marketing, Sean Hanley said the all new GR Supra used Toyota’s learnings from motor sport and applied them to a stylish sports coupe that would give customers a taste of Toyota’s true performance potential.
“The Supra has a long lineage in Toyota’s sports car heritage and while it’s been 17 years since the badge last graced a Toyota sports car, this all-new model offers the legendary performance traits of its predecessors and is very worthy of being the first global product under our GAZOO Racing brand,” Mr Hanley said.
“Under the GAZOO Racing brand, we will deliver a whole raft of sports and high performance cars that will offer technologies and ideas developed under extreme motor sport conditions to provide a whole new breed of exciting and fun-to-drive Toyota cars.”
Powered by a 250kW/500Nm turbo 3.0-litre straight six, the rear-wheel drive GR Supra has low slung compact dimensions and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. It’s offered in two grades; the Supra GT ($84,900 plus on-roads) and GTS ($94,900 plus on-roads).
As Toyota’s new performance car hero, the Supra arrives with a long list of standard comfort, convenience and safety features and a vast array of performance hardware to deliver an outstanding driving experience.
Drive is via a new quick-shifting, sports-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission with Normal and Sport modes, and a launch control function that enables a 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds.
To deliver outstanding handling and agile, dynamic driving characteristics, the GR Supra is fitted standard with an active limited slip differential and adaptive suspension.
Riding on 18-inch (GT) or 19-inch (GTS) wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin rubber, it comes with a comprehensive suite of driver assistance features includes active cruise control, lane departure alert and an active speed limiter.
Additional safety features also include front collision warning with brake function and daytime pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, seven airbags, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rear view camera.
It also scores front, clearance and rear parking sensors with rear end collision warning (RECW), and tyre pressure monitor. Befitting its premium status, the GR Supra’s interior marries a high level of features with a contemporary race-bred design.
Standard features include dual zone climate control, key-less smart entry and start, heated eight-way electrically-adjustable leather-accented sports seats with lumbar support, and a 10-speaker multimedia system incorporating Bluetooth.
In addition, there’s AM/FM/DAB+ radio, satellite navigation and voice recognition, and a wireless phone charger. A step up into the GTS variant adds sports pedals, head-up display, and premium JBL audio system with 12 speakers.
The GR Supra GTS is also available with two exclusive options; Alcantara interior trim and upholstery, and a matte grey paint finish, each priced at $2500. Just 300 examples will be available this year.