Toyota Supra

For years, the prospect of a reborn Toyota Supra was shrouded in equal parts of informed speculation and smoke and mirrors. The new Supra isn’t available yet, but Toyota has finally officially confirmed its return, and it even showed off a motorsports-themed Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show this year.

The production Supra, codeveloped with BMW in a joint-venture project that will also result in a new Z4, will likely look very similar to the concept seen here, which means we can expect a long hood, a flowing greenhouse and wide hips for this rear-wheel-drive coupe. The rumormill continues to be in full swing about what sort of engines and transmissions will be available, but we’re betting on an inline six-cylinder engine (thanks, BMW!), although there could be other variants in the future, perhaps even with hybrid power. No official word yet on when we’ll see the Supra’s official reveal, but it’ll likely be after the next BMW Z4, which is expected this summer.

Editors' Review

The Toyota Supra has an identity crisis. Is it a reborn Japanese classic? Kind of, but in name only. Is it a true sports car? It's certainly dynamic, but it never compels you to go for a drive like a Mazda MX-5 Miata does. Could this two-seater be more of a grand tourer? No: It's not comfortable enough for long drives and is tight on luggage space.

Classifying the Supra can be difficult, so let's focus on some facts. As its name suggests, the GR Supra 2.0 is powered by a 2.0-liter engine. A valiant little unit of Bavarian provenance, this turbocharged dynamo delivers 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That may not sound like many underhood stallions, but trust me, it's more than enough to move this coupe down the road. Even though its vigor wanes slightly at highway speeds, the Supra hits hard right off the line and can reach 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The Supra's fancier six-cylinder models are even more dramatic, but from an acceleration standpoint, they're really not necessary, especially when you consider fuel economy. Four-cylinder Supras sticker at 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. In mixed use, I'm averaging 35.5 mpg, which is excellent.

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The Good ~ Dependable dynamics ~ Fearless four-cylinder ~ Showcar styling

The Bad ~ Outdated infotainment tech ~ Uncouth transmission ~ Grabby brakes

The Bottom Line The Supra checks all the right boxes, though something's still lost in translation.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 5

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