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Toyota Supra review

The Toyota Supra is a very capable sports car that uses shared BMW tech to its advantage

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Punchy six-cylinder performance
  • Agile and poised
  • Easy to live with
  • BMW connection dilutes appeal
  • No Android Auto connectivity
  • Cheaper, more focused rivals available

The Toyota Supra blends balance, agility, grip and poise with a punchy six-cylinder motor that delivers a hit of performance and (mostly) the stirring engine note we were after. Whether or not Toyota’s collaboration with BMW affects the Supra’s authenticity, we’ll leave up to you. But there’s no doubting that this is a coupe with real talent and welcome character at a time when those traits should be applauded. 

The BMW M2 Competition is a rawer, more raucous rival and the Porsche 718 Cayman offers sweeter handling, but the Supra is a great car in its own right that works very well on British roads.

There are few true automotive icons left, but it’s fair to say the Toyota Supra is one of them. It’s also fair to say, however, that the gestation of this fifth-generation model was, well, fairly drawn out.

Now the Supra is here in production specification, we’ll start with the elephant in the room: Toyota’s collaboration with BMW in the development of this A90-generation Supra sports car.

Both brands settled early on the characteristics for the shared platform. According to Toyota this meant a short wheelbase and wide track, to the point that the distance between the Supra’s wheels is actually less than a GT86’s, while its centre of gravity is lower, too.

Following the decision on the basic principles, both companies went their separate ways to develop the cars using a tool kit of parts and components. Or so the story goes.

Interestingly, the Supra’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, told Auto Express that the car’s chassis actually uses some components from the next-generation line-up of BMW M cars. This has intentions as a serious, pure sports car then, and the rest of the spec list backs this up.

Of course, with prices starting from around £46,000, the Supra has to do more than just drive well. This is a car many will use to commute in, as well as to explore the performance at the odd track day.

Engines now include a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit, delivering 254bhp, along with the original 3.0-litre, six-cylinder motor which produces a significant 335bhp.

The 2.0-litre car is offered with the Pro trim level and as a limited Fuji Speedway Edition, while the more powerful 3.0-litre model is on sale in standard Supra trim or with the Pro specification.

Equipment levels are decent enough to mean that you don’t need to splash out on the Pro unless want a head-up display, wireless phone charger, full leather upholstery and other select goodies.

The Supra squares up against the Porsche 718 Cayman, Alpine A110, Audi TT and Jaguar F-Type, as well as its convertible-only BMW Z4 relative to some degree. Perhaps the biggest challenge comes from the excellent BMW M2 Competition – a harder-edged sports car that gets a ‘proper’ BMW M six-cylinder engine, more performance and a chassis that’s pretty spectacular both on the road and at the track. As a softer-edged everyday proposition though, the Supra makes a good case for itself.

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