If it appears like this has been a while coming, you then’re not alone. The four-cylinder Toyota GR Supra was confirmed for Japan the day after the launch of the usual automobile virtually two years in the past. It was announced for Europe final January, then detailed additional in March. Then you definately-know-what rudely intervened – that being the GR Yaris, in fact – and all went reasonably quiet on the Supra entrance.
However now not! The Toyota Supra GR 2.Zero is on sale within the UK now, as “a sports activities automobile in its purest type,” in response to Toyota. There’s some credence in that declare, too, because it shaves 100kg off the three.0-litre’s kerbweight for 1,395kg (with no driver). Its 258hp and 295lb ft imply 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds with the usual eight-speed auto and 155mph. It can price £45,995 for the two.Zero Professional, or £47,395 for the Fuji Speedway Version.
The what now? First introduced final January, the Fuji Speedway Version is a restricted run Supra GR 2.0 – 200 for Europe, simply 45 for the UK – that options extra gear. Every one will probably be white with black 19-inch wheels and purple mirrors, with carbon trim inside along with the purple leather-based and black Alcantara upholstery. It’s all meant to look very Toyota Gazoo Racing, you see. Crucially, nevertheless, not one of the vital gear – package just like the adaptive dampers, energetic differential and Brembo brake calipers – is proscribed to the Fuji, because it’s all there on the usual automobile as properly. The largest dynamic distinction would be the 18-inch wheels that include the common mannequin, with 255-section entrance Michelin Pilot Tremendous Sports activities and 275-section rears.
Every little thing else is as we had been instructed final 12 months, with 90mm chrome exhaust tricks to mark out the two.0 (they’re 100mm brushed chrome steel on the three.0, however you in all probability knew that), 38.7mpg on the WLTP mixed cycle and suspension carried over from the six – entrance MacPherson struts and a five-link rear. Even final 12 months’s interview is equivalent. Toyota Grasp Driver Herwig Daenens has stated as soon as extra that the brand new automobile “combines an honest stage of engine efficiency with even sharper dealing with DNA” towards its extra highly effective sibling. As for element tweaks, the dampers, differential and energy steering have been modified for the decreased kerbweight; “we spent a number of time fine-tuning as we set ourselves excessive targets for the automobile”, stated Daenens. Lastly, the Gazoo Racing driver added that prospects “will probably be pleasantly stunned by the efficiency of the ‘little brother’ in all facets”, which is encouraging.
These prospects are actually capable of place their orders for the GR Supra 2.0, with deliveries truly due earlier than the month is out – some excellent news for January! When it comes to rivals, its considerably inevitable to look in the direction of Porsche and the four-cylinder Cayman (do not forget that!), in addition to the extra highly effective Audi TTs and, er, not an incredible deal else actually. Such is the state of the present coupe market. So thanks for including yet another, Toyota – we’ll be pestering for a drive imminently.