Execs: It has a guide now, playful and filled with character, candy engines, better-than-BMW steering and dealing with
Cons: The two.0 nonetheless does not have a guide, two seats solely, it will be too German for some, dear in comparison with Nissan Z
It’s a very good time to be a Toyota fan. The GR86 was simply brilliantly overhauled, a brand new and highly regarded all-wheel-drive GR Corolla is on the horizon and the 2023 Toyota GR Supra is countering the new-for-2023 Nissan Z with a brand new guide transmission possibility of its personal. For those who’d requested lovers a decade in the past which model would spearhead a Japanese sports activities automotive renaissance whereas staring the tip of inner combustion within the face, not many would have guessed Toyota. But right here we’re.
The Supra remains to be a Toyota with an asterisk, nevertheless. Its chassis, engines and transmissions are all sourced from BMW, for higher or for worse. Happily, it’s most frequently the previous. We’ve got a couple of quibbles. The dearth of a guide on the two.0-liter 4-cylinder, for instance, however hey, at the very least now you can get one for the three.0-liter inline-six. By and enormous, the Supra is a robust, agile, communicative driving associate that by no means fails to show heads.
Inside & Expertise | Passenger & Cargo Area | Efficiency & Gas Economic system
What it is prefer to drive | Pricing & Options | Crash Rankings & Security Options
What’s new for 2023?
Three-pedal followers rejoice! The GR Supra 3.0 mannequin is formally obtainable with a guide transmission for the 2023 mannequin 12 months. No matter transmission, all six-cylinder Supras get retuned suspension and steering, the previous of which is meant to make the automotive extra snug. Traction and stability management programs have additionally been retuned, and a brand new Hairpin+ drive mode launched for higher cornering on tight mountain roads. The four-cylinder Supra 2.0 will get some suspension and braking system tweaks carried over from the revised 3.0, however in any other case carries over. There’s additionally a brand new Stratosphere Blue coloration and the A91-MT Version, pictured within the inside photographs under, that will get distinctive solid 19-inch wheels in Frozen Gunmetal Grey, purple accents all through, a 12-speaker JBL sound system and unique Cognac leather-based.
What are the Supra’s inside and in-car know-how like?
Toyota was mainly handed a field of BMW buttons, knobs and screens, after which used all of it to create a cabin that is certainly stylistically totally different from its BMW Z4 platform-mate. The supplies high quality shouldn’t be fairly as much as a BMW commonplace, however the Supra additionally prices significantly much less and remains to be to an appropriate commonplace for its value level. To that time, the cabin can also be of a better high quality than that of the cheaper Nissan Z.
Though the instrument panel display options Supra-specific graphics and is surrounded by a novel body built-in with gas and temperature gauges, what you see on the usual 8.8-inch infotainment show is pure BMW. The middle console knob controller and surrounding menu buttons are equivalent to the last-generation iDrive items you’d discover in cheaper BMW fashions or pricier ones from a couple of years in the past. It typically works OK, however we had the identical form of Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay connectivity points as we have beforehand had with BMWs, and it isn’t the simplest system to make use of. Some would argue a Toyota system can be higher.
How huge is the Supra?
The Supra is sort of small. Its wheelbase (97.2 inches) and size (172.5) are just about equivalent to the brand new Nissan Z’s. Like that automotive and in contrast to previous Supras, it seats solely two, albeit with enough area for somebody taller than 6 ft. Its slender cargo space can deal with weekend getaway baggage (we in some way managed to stuff 4 luggage inside). We’ve but to check out the brand new Z’s cargo space, however we count on the Supra to have a slight edge given the Z’s carry-over platform and former cargo quantity of simply 6.9 cubic ft. Neither is almost as capacious as Mustang trunk, nor the twin trunks of a Corvette.
One space-related factor to think about are the seats. They’re the identical within the 2.0 and three.0, however solely the latter has eight-way energy seats, which suggests you might solely be snug within the pricier mannequin. The seats additionally cannot be heated within the base mannequin.
What are the Supra’s gas financial system and efficiency specs?
The bottom Supra 2.0 packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four by BMW that is good for 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Like each Supra, it comes solely with rear-wheel drive. Toyota says it will go from 0- 60 mph in 5 seconds, which is mighty fast, and mainly the identical as the bottom Porsche 718 Cayman. The BMW Z4, which has the identical engine is only a hair slower. Gas financial system figures hadn’t been launched on the time of this writing for 2023, but it surely appears protected to imagine it will be just about the identical because the ’22 Supra that returned 25 mpg metropolis, 32 mpg freeway and 28 mpg mixed.
The Supra’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six stays the improve engine and it’s the one one obtainable with one other thrilling improve: a six-speed guide transmission. It produces 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, and might take the Supra from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds with the eight-speed auto. It feels each bit as fast as that sounds behind the wheel whereas actually sounding sensational doing it. Gas financial system for the automated in 2022 was 22/30/25, and they need to stay according to that. These for the guide will nearly actually be decrease.
What’s the Supra prefer to drive?
You possibly can really feel the Supra’s dimension (or lack thereof) from the driving force seat. The beltline is excessive, the greenhouse quick and the clamshell hood stretches out earlier than you, but it surely does not overwhelm as related long-hood/short-deck vehicles like a Mercedes-AMG GT can. It is also balanced, with a 50:50 weight distribution that is just about written into something with Bavarian DNA, and possesses an eagerness to show in well and rotate round you. By longer arcing turns, you possibly can really feel what the automotive is doing via the seat of your pants and might steer with the responsive throttle. Alongside these strains, you possibly can wag its tail and slide a bit when in Sport mode and with the traction management off. Shut stability management off and it is potential to simply coerce after which maintain a full-blown smoky slide. The steering, in the meantime, is great and really a way more responsive, communicative effort than BMW achieves with theoretically the identical componentry.
Not surprisingly, issues are dialed down with the four-cylinder. It is nonetheless fast, however clearly fairly a bit slower. Its exhaust nonetheless sounds cool (not like BMW, Toyota doesn’t make use of faux engine noise via the audio system), but it surely’s additionally not the identical because the inline-six. And with out the three.0’s limited-slip differential and adaptive suspension, the four-cylinder Supra simply does not deal with as effectively, though there’s much less weight atop the nostril and elsewhere. It additionally has much less highly effective brakes, and, with out the adaptive suspension, does not experience as comfortably because the Supra 3.0.
As such, the extra highly effective Supra is most positively the higher one to drive and being paired with an inline-six simply feels proper on this automotive. We’ve but to drive the manual-transmission Supra, however its availability is simply extra icing on the three.0-liter cake. Nevertheless, for the cash, and relative its minimal competitors, the four-cylinder mannequin remains to be a compelling efficiency machine.
What different Toyota Supra opinions can I learn?
2021 Toyota GR Supra First Drive
Driving each the two.0 and revised 3.0 fashions for the primary time, together with extra in-depth information in regards to the then-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
2020 Toyota Supra First Drive
Our unique evaluation of the Supra, together with essentially the most in-depth details about its engineering, design and relationship with BMW.
Toyota Supra Suspension Deep Dive
Have a look beneath the Supra with engineer Dan Edmunds to see how its suspension works.
Toyota GR Supra vs BMW Z4 Comparability Drive
Contributing author Lawrence Ulrich takes back-to-back drives within the 2020 Supra and its BMW Z4 platform-mate to find out which firm did the higher job making a sports activities automotive out of ostensibly the identical elements.
2020 Toyota Supra Street Check
We drive the Supra in the actual world throughout a week-long street check at our Michigan headquarters.
Toyota Supra Baggage Check
We learn the way a lot baggage you possibly can match contained in the Supra for a weekend getaway (and are very stunned by the reply).
What’s the 2023 Supra’s value and what options can be found?
We don’t but have official pricing for 2023, however the 2022 Supra 2.0 began at $44,565, together with the $1,025 vacation spot cost, which was $8,000 lower than the extra highly effective Supra 3.0.
Commonplace gear consists of 18-inch solid aluminum wheels, Michelin Pilot Tremendous Sport tires, LED headlights, automated wipers, auto-folding mirrors (with driver-side auto-dimming), proximity entry and push-button begin, dual-zone local weather management, eight-way manually adjustable seats, leather-based/Alcantara upholstery, 8.8-inch shows for the instrument panel and infotainment system, BMW’s last-generation iDrive tech interface, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and a four-speaker audio system.
Apart from its extra highly effective engine, the Supra 3.0 provides Brembo disc brakes, 19-inch solid aluminum wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, a limited-slip differential, power-adjustable seats, and a 10-speaker sound system.
The three.0 Premium provides leather-based upholstery, heated seats, a head-up show and quite a lot of infotainment extras: built-in navigation, voice controls, emergency communications providers, wi-fi smartphone charging and a 12-speaker JBL sound system. The particular A91 and A91-MT Editions are equally outfitted. They’re pictured under.
A few of these infotainment extras are elective on the decrease trims. There are additionally additional driver help programs obtainable, which we listing within the security part under.
What are the Supra’s security scores and driver help options?
Each Supra consists of commonplace ahead collision warning with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking, lane-keeping help and auto excessive beams. The Premium trim’s Driver Help package deal provides adaptive cruise management, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning programs and parking sensors that may activate the usual emergency auto braking system. These options are additionally included within the base 2.0 and three.0’s Security & Expertise package deal that additionally provides the Premium’s infotainment extras.
The Supra has not been crash examined by a 3rd social gathering.