Toyota Supra Review: A Closer Look at This Little Beast Expected to Be Launched Soon

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Toyota Supra is one of the most reputable vehicle models the Japanese manufacturer has ever lined up for production. In line with this well-kept reputation, the soon to be launched reincarnation of Supra is set to entice drivers looking for a peppy turbocharged powertrain. This car combines Toyota’s ingenuity with BMW’s agility creating an advanced version that is big on speed and stability. The all-new unit will come with a front engine, rear wheel drive and BMW-based power units. Forecast options include a bigger 3-liter turbocharged engine or a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit variant.

Engine Overview

At its launch, the Supra is expected to offer an evolved V6 engine which is likely to be similar to the one on the 2018 Lexus LS. One unique thing about this engine is that it will use twin turbochargers to create a whopping 400 horsepower. That brings out an equivalent of 300 pound-feet worth of torque. The only downside with this engine is that Toyota does not seem to be planning for the incorporation of a manual gearbox soon. So, those who like to play around with the gear shift might have to wait a little longer to get a taste of the Supra. There is so far no official statement from the manufacturer on its top speed although from the look of things we expect it to be a real bully on the road. Some pundits give it an estimated top speed of 186 mph.

Car Handling

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Just because Toyota Supra promises to be the largest performance model from Toyota so far doesn’t mean that it will necessarily be a ponderous beast. The car will be relatively lighter than its rivals. It is however powered by a high-tech drivetrain and is likely to run on petrol only. Toyota has however given an indication that hybrid versions may follow a little later. The future-oriented Toyota boasts a standalone electric compressor. This closely resembles the Audi SQ7 although it seems to have more well-defined turbines and compressor housing. The car comes with an upgraded suspension and powerful brakes.

Exterior

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Toyota Supra is largely based on the manufacturer’s FT-1 concept which was launched in 2014. The initials FT simply stand for “Future Toyota”. Worth noting is that this car has an aggressive front-end complete with sleek lines that run from the aft to the fore. While approaching the car’s ducts and headlight design speak volumes about an otherwise futuristic vehicle. The ducts are replicated at the back end of the doors. Perhaps the main reason for all these ducts is to provide the engine and brakes with improved flow of cool air. Its headlights are simply LED with the same ideology being replicated on rear lights. The car’s rear is complete with two exhaust vents which sit comfortably behind the rear wheels.

Interior

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Although the company has been cautious not to share photos of the interior so far, information available shows that this will be like a coupe version of the BMW Z4. Everything from the stalks, switches, knobs, shifter, steering wheel and the dashboard appear to be from BMW’s parts bin. That being said, most of these parts seem to draw significant inspiration from the Lexus RC Coupe. In other words, the interior is a blend of wonders.

Nonetheless, there is a Toyota badge hidden on the steering wheel meaning the Japanese manufacturer still maintains the upper hand in the overall design. The interior is generally upscale and sporty. So far the Toyota Supra interior looks like it is going to be focused on the driver. The center console might be turned to the driver as well. The sports seats look spacious, well sewn, comfy and laid back – an indication that this car is made for enhanced manoeuvring. The seats are made of leather with aluminium trim and contrast stitching. Besides, you will also find sports pedals for enhanced responsiveness. Next to the steering wheel is what seems to be a screen which borrows heavily from BMW’s skill base. There is also an automatic transmission shifter alongside an iDrive controller knob.

The Chassis

The Toyota Supra’s body is made of aluminium although some of its parts are made using carbon fibre. These two improvements in the chassis mean that the car comes out as one of the lightest. From a glance, you can see the futuristic details on the car’s body. It looks masculine and its wide wheel base is a big plus for those looking for stability. Towards the back is a dip sitting in the middle of the roof. At the rear are diffusers which come in handy in enhancing the flow of air. This is a sharp but simple design.

No doubt, the car’s chassis components borrow heavily from the 3 Series and its derivatives which include a five-link rear suspension and rear axle. Some sources suggest that the Toyota Supra will weigh 1400 kilograms. The sporty car rides on 18-inch wheels although there is room to upgrade to 19-inch alloys if one so desires.

Toyota Supra Safety Technology

The key to safe driving rests with the driver. However, with the use of modern technology, Toyota Supra drivers will have more support from modern technology. This technology aids the driver to avoid accidents that can be caused by sudden events. Although there has been no clear communication as to the kind of technology housed within the Supra, of late, Toyota has been focusing on several lines of innovation. It is likely that they are going to utilize their very latest technology into the car. With that speculation, a few safety features to expect from this come-back car include (but not limited to):

*ITS System

This technology includes the likes of on board navigation systems which communicate with other devices to provide a higher level of on-road safety. The ITS is particularly optimized for navigating through sharp curves. The car is therefore likely to come with a fair share of sensors which will transmit crucial information to drivers concerning approaching dangers, blind spots and so forth. The ITS is particularly focused on directing the driver’s attention to situations where they are supposed to practice extra caution. These may include stationary vehicles and red lights. Toyota Supra is therefore likely to come with intelligent braking systems which automatically activate when the car detects a need come to a safe stop. That alone could go a long way in eliminating collisions on our roads.

*Collision Avoidance Support

This is yet another helpful piece of technology from Toyota. The CAS detects other vehicles on the road using a single-lens camera combined with laser radar. The car consistently assesses the degree of danger and issues the driver with alerts. If the driver fails to apply enough pressure on the brake, the system automatically steps in.

*Lane Deviation Prevention Support

Lane departure is one of the major causes of accidents on our roads. The Supra is therefore likely to come with sensors that detect yellow and white lines to ascertain the correct position of the vehicle. Should you deviate from your lane, the lane deviation prevention support will issue an audio alert.

*Night Visibility Support

In addition to its savvy LED lights, this new kid from Toyota is likely to come with Toyota’s night visibility support. This is a well-thought-out piece of technology that assesses the level of brightness based on the headlights and rear-lights of other vehicles. It then switches from high to low beams (and vice versa) based on the existing situation. The goal is to provide enough night visibility and timely detection of pedestrians.

*Pre-collision System

Driving vehicles at close range tends to create pressure and minimizes chances of correcting a mistake should something go awfully wrong. With that in mind, Toyota is likely to have their latest baby equipped with a pre-collision system. This system assesses the distance of the preceding vehicle and accordingly adjusts speed. This provides smoother deceleration. In addition, the Supra is likely to feature Dynamic Radar Cruise Control which comes in handy in ensuring maximum safety especially in congested streets.

Final Word

There is something super about the yet-to-be-launched Toyota Supra. The manufacturers seem to be taking their ample time to release something of iconic standards. One thing we can confirm about the car is that it is way ahead of the pack and is therefore likely to dwarf its competitors. Toyota’s main weakness is in creation of interiors – however that small qualm seems to be well taken care of by BMW engineers in the Supra.

The car’s exterior is wonderfully sculpted complete with muscular sides, awe-inspiring front bumper and an aggressive rear bumper. Besides the looks, the Supra will house either a 3-liter turbocharged engine and a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. With an estimated top speed of well above 180mph and horsepower in the excess of 400 units, this small beast is surely designed to stun. The fact that it combines both Japanese and German schools of thought means you can hardly go wrong with it. However, only time will tell if this model will live up to expectations.