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Toyota Supra is lighter, faster and stiffer than sports car rivals — but the first-year allocation is nearly sold out


TWENTY-three years. Twenty-three L-O-O-O-O-N-G years.

That’s how much time has passed since Toyota axed the Supra in 1996.

 Toyota Supra is back as a 340hp, three-litre, rear-drive, two-seater coupe looking as fit as a butcher’s dog
Toyota Supra is back as a 340hp, three-litre, rear-drive, two-seater coupe looking as fit as a butcher’s dog

A baby born back then could have a seven-year-old child of their own by now.

But rejoice. The Supra is back as a 340hp, three-litre, rear-drive, two-seater coupe looking as fit as a butcher’s dog.

It goes like stink too. Toyota quotes 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, putting it right in the mix with the Porsche Cayman S, BMW M2 Competition and Alpine A110, all of which I’d have tomorrow. So the signs are good.

Of course, the Supra is half-sister to the BMW Z4. All the hardware started life at BMW but Toyota has made the Supra lighter, faster and stiffer. And the Z4 is a drop-top, the Supra isn’t.

 All the hardware started life at BMW but Toyota has made the Supra lighter, faster and stiffer
All the hardware started life at BMW but Toyota has made the Supra lighter, faster and stiffer
 Toyota quotes 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, putting it right in the mix with the Porsche Cayman S, BMW M2 Competition and Alpine A110

Frederik Herregods

Toyota quotes 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, putting it right in the mix with the Porsche Cayman S, BMW M2 Competition and Alpine A110

The cabin is a copy-and-paste job but that’s fine because the Z4 is class and Toyota’s poster hero is back. Without each other they wouldn’t exist.

Want one? You’ll have to be Supra-quick, as the first-year allocation is nearly sold out.

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Key facts: Toyota Supra

  • Price: £52,695
  • Engine: 3-litre turbo
  • Power: 340hp, 500Nm
  • 0-62mph: 4.3secs
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Economy: 38mpg
  • CO2: 170g/km
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