New Toyota Supra to arrive in October 2019 with turbo inline six power
After many teasers, spy pictures and leaked media the fifth generation Toyota Supra has broken cover at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. It’s the first car to be produced by Toyota’s GAZOO Racing (GR) division, and as speculated, power will come from a 3.0 litre turbocharged BMW six-cylinder that will produce 250kW and 500Nm.
GAZOO has honed the the engine for maximum performance, and the power plant will be matched to an eight-speed automatic. Again, borrowed from the Germans. If you choose to engage Launch Mode, Toyota says the Supra will dispatch the 0-100km/h dash in a swift 4.3 seconds.
Drivers can choose between Normal and Sports mode. Choose Sports mode and the Supra sharpens up its gear shift pattern, damping, steering and active differential performance. The engine is more responsive and shoutier, too.
All Australian-spec GR Supras will be fitted with an active differential that operates when accelerating and decelerating and can engine in 100% lock instantly.
Handling should be tidy too, with greater rigidity than the haloed Lexus LFA, a lower centre of gravity than the lovely 86 and 50:50 weight distribution.
Naturally, development of the new Toyota Supra took place on the Nurburgring in Germany.
Australian Supras will be equipped with adjustable suspension, that active diff, high performance brakes, 19 inch wheels and race inspired seats.
Inside, that BMW-esque interior revolves around the driver and Toyota says there’s enough room in the boot for two people’s luggage for a weekend away.
A 2.0 litre turbo four will be offered in overseas markets, but Toyota Australia won’t confirm if this’ll come down under. If it does, it could plug a gap left by the naturally aspirated 86 – most people want the 86 to have more grunt. All cars will be made in Graz, Austria.
There’s no confirmation on local pricing as yet, but the Toyota Supra will go on sale in October 2019. Just 300 will be allocated initially, so you’ll have to get in quick.