Toyota Supra 2019: first drives, prices, specs and UK release date

Fans of the Toyota Supra have endured a 16-year wait for the Japanese carmaker to launch a fifth-generation version of the iconic car – but their patience is about to be rewarded.To tide over fans until then, Toyota has unveiled a pre-production version of the Supra covered in a thin camouflage wrap, and outlined some of the front-engined sports car’s technical specs

The vehicle will be built on the same carbon fibre architecture as the upcoming BMW Z4 and shares much of its design with the Toyota FT-1, a concept that first appeared in 2014.

Here is what else we know about the all-new Supra:Price and release
Toyota is expected to confirm the Supra’s price at the Detroit show, officially known as the North American International Auto Show.

Evo expects the sports car to cost around £50,000, putting it in direct competition with the new Alpine A110, Porsche’s 718 Cayman GTS and the BMW M2.

Deliveries of the new Supra are set to kick off in May 2019, the magazine says.

Design
Toyota has been keeping the design of the new Supra under wraps. Even the development mules spotted testing on the 12.9-mile Nurburgring race track in Germany have been covered in camouflage aimed at concealing the styling.

However, alleged images of the car in production guise were published in Japanese magazine Best Car earlier this year. SupraMkV.com.

The car in the pictures has many of the same features as the company’s four-year-old FT-1 concept car, including the duck-tail spoiler, sculpted roof, muscular wheel arches and carbon-fibre side skirts.

After the images surfaced, in February, Toyota previewed a near-production-ready example of the Supra. Although still covered in a thin layer of camouflage, the car in the official images appears identical to that in the leaked pictures.Engine and performance
Under the Supra’s bonnet sits a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine that produces an estimated 300bhp and 347lb-ft of torque, says Auto Express.

Power is sent to the rear axle through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, helping the car go from zero to 62mph in less than five seconds and on to a top speed of around 155mph, the magazine continues.

Meanwhile, the engine, transmission and interior switchgear have been plucked from the new BMW Z4, reports Autocar.

First impressions
The new Supra won’t arrive on UK shores for another six months, but a handful of critics have driven a near-

production model as the car enters the final stages of testing.

“First impressions of the Supra are of a precisely balanced car,” says Auto Express. The vehicle’s suspension has all the polish of its key rival, the 718 Cayman GTS, and the “linear” steering allows drivers to “quickly build confidence in the chassis”.

And the straight-six engine is arguably “as quick as a Cayman GTS and as precise as an Alpine A110”.

Top Gear is also impressed. The motoring site hails the Supra’s straight-six engine and transmission as “one of the very finest engine/gearbox combinations in the world”.

However, the car’s “pitch and roll can be a little unnerving” through high-speed bends, it adds.

Meanwhile, Autocar’s Matt Prior praises the Supra for its handling on both the race circuit and public roads.

“A few years ago, a Cayman was regarded as unbeatable. Now everybody wants a crack at it,” he says. “On this showing, Toyota is getting as close as anyone.”

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