This isn’t the all-new Toyota Supra. Well, it is but it’s not the finished article and Gazoo Racing – who have been responsible for its development- still have some final calibration to do before the production cars are ready to drive next May.
We’ll need to wait until the Detroit Motor Show in January to see it without its natty camouflage wrap, too. What we do have here, however, is a very late in the development stage prototype to drive on road and track for an hour or two.
A brief recap on the Toyota Supra project. It’s a joint venture with BMW that has seen the Bavarians show their hand early in the shape of the new Z4 roadster. You will have spotted the Supra is a coupe, just like the four Supra generations that have gone before, but the differences to its Z4 cousin run much deeper.
Engine, transmission and 0-100kph time
The BMW supplied B58 turbocharged 3-litre straight-six retains all the same mechanical hardware as you would find in a 340/440i and outgoing M2, paired with the same eight-speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF. However, Gazoo, under the stewardship of Tetsuya Tada, has spent a not inconsiderable amount time devoted to mapping both components to achieve the sports car feel it was after.
Power and torque figures are, like the finished design, being kept under wraps until Detroit. However, expect at least 300bhp and 400lb ft of torque, a low four-second 0-100kph time (if not quicker) and a 265+kph top speed. You can also expect a Nürburgring lap time to accompany those figures nearer to the Supra’s official launch.
What’s it like to drive?
Oh it’s good. Very good. The straight-six will sound a little muted for some on start-up (Jaguar F type drivers most likely, although interestingly that’s one car Gazoo didn’t benchmark the Supra against), but it’s got a muscular delivery and, for a six-pot, it revs with a serious attitude. It piles on the power with the athleticism of a rev-hungry four-pot without any of the coarseness.
Price and Rivals
Toyota will confirm the Supra’s price at the Detroit motor show, but don’t expect much change from $65,000. As for rivals, you only need to take a look at the cars Toyota sourced to benchmark the Supra against: Alpine A110, Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, Audi TT RS, Mustang GT V8 and BMW’s M2. Quite a cast list and when we gather a production Supra with the aforementioned it promises to be quite the show.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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