Yes, the wait is finally over. After what seemed like an absolute age, peppered with teasers and the inevitable leak or three, the new A90-generation Toyota Supra has finally been (officially) revealed.

The fifth-generation, two-seater Supra that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine from BMW (and shared with the Z4 roadster alongside which the new Supra was developed).

The 3,0-litre twin-scroll unit in question produces 250 kW and 500 N.m and is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) from ZF. The Japanese automaker claims a zero to 100 km/h time of 4,3 seconds for this flagship rear-wheel-drive coupé, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Some markets, however, will also receive a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine (likewise from BMW), offered in two states of tune: 145 kW/320 N.m and 190 kW/400 N.m.

Toyota says the new Supra boasts a 50:50 weight distribution while “optimising front-to-rear aerodynamic balance”. It features a wheelbase of 2 470 mm and a kerb weight of 1 520 kg (for the 3,0-litre model). Interestingly, the new model will feature just two driving modes: normal and sport.

Toyota Supra

The Supra boasts an active differential that uses an electric motor and multi-plate clutches to control lateral torque. The flagship version of the new model will ship standard on 19-inch forged alloy wheels, with the rear wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres wider than on the front (255/35 R19 fore and 275/35 R19 aft).

Adaptive variable suspension will also come standard on this derivative, “instantly” adjusting damping force in response to driver input and road conditions.

Toyota claims the Supra cockpit “deftly blends traditional GT elements with ultra-modern functionality”. A high-definition colour display forms the instrument panel, projecting a large-diameter, three-dimensional dial that seems to float over it.

The centre console takes on an asymmetrical shape, with a padded pillar serving as a right leg bolster. The passenger’s side of the console, meanwhile, is open for what the firm describes as “a roomy feel”, yet also features kneepads for bolstering in corners.

The sport seats feature integrated head restraints and employ a narrow main section combined with the shoulder bolsters. In the United States, the base model will feature a 6,5-inch display, while the flagship gains an 8,8-inch touchscreen arrangement.

The new Toyota Supra is expected in South Africa in the second quarter of 2019 and will be assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
Toyota Supra