There has been much said around the fact that the Toyota Supra is just a ‘BMW in sheep’s clothing.” Many feel it is just another version of the BMW Z4 which recently launched in South Africa. Having driven both the Z4 and the Supra, I can confidently say that as much as they have many of the same components, they feel quite different to drive.
Toyota cleverly saw the need for what BMW could supply and so the two manufacturers worked together and the outcome is that you have an engaging, fun-to-drive, two-seater sportscar in the form of the Toyota Supra. The BMW Z4 is a convertible and so feels very different.
But back to the Supra. Once all the components had been decided on, Toyota went off and developed its own sports car. Where they may have dropped the ball is the interior. It doesn’t feel very Toyota in there and is far more BMW, especially the screen and rotary dial.
The engine, also from BMW, is a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder unit, which boasts performance numbers of 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque. And boy can you feel it! It will get you to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. In other words, it is superbly quick! The engine is all muscle and the sound will be pleasing to those petrol heads out there too. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides lightning-fast up and downshifts, with short ratios used for the lower gears. If you prefer to take control of the gear changes, you can do so using paddle shifts on the steering wheel; you can also select Normal or Sport driving modes to suit your preference and the conditions of the road. Sport mode is further user customisable to allow you to tune the suspension, steering and transmission characteristics to your preference.
What makes the Supra even more desirable is that it comfortable enough as an every day car. I can’t say that about too many sports cars. The boot is even big enough to fit a bag or two in it. Ok, not it doesn’t have huge amounts of luggage space, but enough for the average driver and his/her partner. I was able to do my grocery shop with no problems. Although, this is not exactly a grocery run or school run kind of car.
You can choose the entry-level Toyota GR Supra Track which is only available in Prominent Red paintwork or you can go for the better specced GR Supra which comes in two other colours as well, which you will pay extra for. There is a huge amount of safety and tech spec thrown in to the car, so you know that you are getting your money’s worth.
For just under a million rand for the GR Supra Track, you won’t find many cars this fun is this price range. Maybe the BMW M2 Competition. But if you have always been a fan of the iconic Supra badge and want to stand out in a crowd, I would take it for a spin.
TOYOTA SUPRA PRICING.
Toyota GR Supra Track – R 953 000
Toyota GR Supra (Prominent Red) – R 1 072 300
Toyota GR Supra (Metallic) – R 1 082 300
Toyota GR Supra (Matte Grey) – R 1 092 300