STUNNING NEW TOYOTA GR SUPRA

Toyota_GR_Supra_frontToyota has finally launched the eagerly awaited new GR Supra in an impressive ceremony at the Detroit motor show. This is the fifth generation of its large Japanese sportscar. Interestingly, the GR Supra is produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing, hence the tag of ‘GR’ for the all-new model.

The 3.0-litre straight-six engine has a twin-scroll turbocharger and produces 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque. It features a continuously-variable valve control to help it produce torque from very low revs.

The straight-six drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic with Normal or Sport driving modes, the driver can select ratios with paddle shifters.

Using launch control function GR Supra can get from from rest to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.

The stability control system has a Track setting that reduces the level of intervention.

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As is virtually the norm for high-performance machines these days GR Supra was tested at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

It was driven on many other roads around the world – including in Australia with chief engineer Tetsuya Tada at the wheel.

Toyota assures us the boot is large enough for two people’s luggage for a weekend away. It can be extended by removing a panel at the back of the cabin, thus creating enough space for a golf bag. Heaven help any Japanese designer who dares to design a car that cannot carry a golf bag…

It’s an open secret that the Toyota GR Supra was designed in co-operation with BMW and shares parts with the upcoming BMW Z4. Both cars will be built in the same factory in Graz, Austria.

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New Toyota GR Supra will be launched n Australia late 2019 with approximately 300 cars available in the first 12 months.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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