Toyota’s engineers and designers had to develop an inevitable sequel to the legend, an automotive legacy that started way back in 1978. The team had to follow the best performance of four decades – quite the act to follow. With the all-new fifth-generation model, the legendary name has returned ready to set the roads ablaze with a comeback only fitting of the Toyota Supra story.
Evoking power, beauty and the thrill of driving and heart-pounding performance, the GR Supra embodies world-class sports car characteristics enhancing its formidable reputation as an all-conquering, giant-slaying machine. Whether on the highway or the track, the new much-anticipated Supra is now here in the UAE ready to take its race-to-road technology to the top of the segment.
Born at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, the world’s most arduous race track, the 2020 Toyota Supra went through thousands of kilometres of performance testing to ensure it lives up to the heady expectations of some of the world’s most devoted enthusiasts.
Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, who headed the vehicle’s development, said: “The history of Supra development is marked by the pursuit of driving pleasure created by the relationship between driver and car. The all-new GR Supra really reacts the way you want and feels good to drive. I can definitely say that the acceleration delivered by the GR Supra’s straight-six turbocharged engine feels truly exhilarating. The solid torque it provides continuously elevates the acceleration feel to a sublime level. Once people have experienced that feeling, even those who don’t know or who have forgotten about the fun of driving a car will think, ‘That feels amazing!’”
Tada continued: “It’s not about numbers, it’s about the sense of becoming one with the car; that is what we were pursuing, and was the main consideration throughout the development process. We aimed to ensure that the car properly hugs the road surface and delivers excellent stability, offering supreme driving confidence regardless of road surface conditions.
”It’s been nearly two decades since Toyota stopped production of the previous fourth-generation Supra model. The car started in the market in 1978 and quickly earned a reputation as an unfailing sports car. It was in the 1990s, however, when the Supra encroached on territory normally reserved for the most expensive and most exotic supercars from Europe and the US. In its fourth-generation guise launched in 1993, the Supra punched above its weight and upset its more established competition, becoming a car cultural icon as well as a genuine movie star along the way, winning millions of fans around the world.
The wait has been well worth it and now a new generation of enthusiasts can enjoy the re-imagined Supra, updated for a world in 2020 without forgetting the fundamental pillars of its past successes.
The new 2020 Toyota Supra stays true to its front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout which set it apart all these years, not forgetting, of course, the heart of the beast – a longitudinally-mounted in-line turbocharged six-cylinder engine, displacing 3.0-litres and delivering 335 horsepower and 50.99kg-m of torque to the grippy rear tyres, mounted on lightweight, forged aluminium 19-inch wheels.
In ultimate GR Supra specification, Toyota’s flagship sports car benefits from the experience of the Japanese manufacturer’s in-house racing department, Gazoo Racing (GR), which has competed at the Nurburgring since 2007. Since then, all the knowledge and expertise built up over the years has been funnelled into the production of the new 2020 GR Supra.
Toyota set out to create a sports car that provides a pure driving experience, with a high focus on safety and ease of use to appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts. As the first global model coming out of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing stable, the new 2020 GR Supra combines power, pleasure, and looks into one iconic and appealing car.
The new GR Supra accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h. With an eight-speed transmission and instant shifts from the sports-orientated calibration, drivers can snap at their own gears with the steering-mounted paddle shifts during spirited drives or leave the car to do things automatically when out on a cruise.
At a closer look, the new Supra draws inspiration from Toyota’s classic 200GT ‘James Bond’ car. Embodying the overall race-bred design, the compact, taut proportions make the body appear wrapped over the large wheels, with minimal overhangs front and rear so as not to visually weigh down the car. A long bonnet and a cab-back driving position so reminiscent of past Supras is also present, as is the sloping bonnet and curvaceous fenders converging into the signature headlamps.
A wide, commanding stance over the road means the Supra also frees up room for occupants in the cockpit, with a two-seater layout and an ergonomic design putting the driver at the centre of all the fun. The body-hugging leather seats hold you firmly in place through the corners and an 8.8-inch full-colour display is easily at reach.
Along with the multifunctional three-spoke sports steering wheel, the 2020 GR Supra also features dual-zone air-conditioning, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, push start button, Normal and Sport driving modes, sports pedals and a head-up display projecting critical data directly ahead of the driver.
Other exterior details as standard on the 2020 GR Supra include a dual sports exhaust, adaptive LED lights, smart keyless entry and body-coloured details.
Additionally, the Supra comes equipped with front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, plus assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, blind-spot warning, lane change assist, traffic sign recognition, a rear-view camera and more.
“With the 2020 Supra, a real automotive icon has finally returned and we know enthusiasts around the nation will be blown away by its performance which simply feeds your desire to just get in and drive,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota.
“Although it’s been a long time coming, the new Toyota GR Supra is all the better for it. Our patience has paid off with a car that’s capable of taking on the very best and yet appeals to enthusiasts with its unprecedented combination of power, beauty and technology, not to mention safety,” The all-new Toyota GR Supra is available in a range of eight exciting colours, including the newly developed Matte Storm Gray Metallic, a matte finish with a hint of blue that creates an impressive, finely honed image. Emotional colour schemes and materials have been used to express sports car performance and suit the selective preferences of discerning owners. The interior comes with a choice of newly developed Ignition Red or classic Black colour schemes, which is offset with Carbon Ornament.