Toyota GR Supra

The Toyota GR Supra Packs Performance And Safety

Thanks to the community who engages with racing video games and the use of cars on the big screen in Hollywood, the Toyota Supra is continuing to live out its life on the road. This car has been featured in the popular “Fast and Furious” series and has been seen throughout a number of racing simulators. Because of car enthusiasts, Toyota didn’t have much of a hard decision to make when deciding which new high-end sports car it wanted to bring back. The Toyota GR Supra was a no-brainer.

Toyota stopped selling the Supra in the U.S. back in 1998. The last model sold in 2002. Seventeen years later, in 2019, Toyota brought back the Supra as a result of its high popularity among consumers. Toyota worked side-by-side with BMW to help produce this two-seat coupe. Its production was completed in parallel to the BMW Z4 convertible. This allowed both automakers to share costs without overlapping their unique car features and specs. The Supra and Z4 are built in Austria by the contract manufacturer Magna Steyr. So these cars are neither German nor Japanese as some may think.  

The 2019 GR Supra was equipped with a 335 hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder engine. In 2021, Toyota developed an entry-level model, the Supra 2.0. This model features a 255 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The prices for the Supra 2.0 begin around $43,000. Last year, Toyota also increased the power of the Supra 3.0–6-cylinder model–to 382 hp with prices starting around $52,000. 

Made for performance 

The GR Supra brings premium performance to the track thanks to extensive testing. In turn, this provided data to Toyota engineers to allow for the tweaking of features. The Supra earned its Toyota Gazoo Racing “GR” badge before hitting the pavement in 2019. Gazoo Racing is Toyota’s global racing division. With this model in its lineup, Toyota is achieving its goal of making “racing-inspired sports cars accessible to the everyday driver and bringing the excitement of motorsports to the streets.” The best part, this model comes equipped with the latest Toyota safety advancements with the Toyota Supra Safety+. This upgrade includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, and road sign sign recognition.  

A shift back to manual transmission with the Toyota GR Supra 

Toyota is fusing the past with the present to bring forth a model of the GR Supra sports car that is solely manual transmission. Currently all Supra models are automatic transmission, as are most modern, high-performance sports cars. The desires of enthusiasts are being met with the upcoming Toyota GR Supra Manual Transmission. Strong GAZOO Racing DNA enhance its driving experience. 

Toyota has yet to release further details on the number of speeds or engine this model will carry. The automotive company has stated, however, that this model’s specs are “all new” and “tailor-made.” Therefore, don’t expect it to be too comparable to a BMWZ4. To differentiate this stick-shift performance car, the model will feature a red “Supra” logo, as well as the classic three pedals seen in a manual car. The release of this Toyota model is keeping enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. Talk of a powerful engine and sleek design are getting fans excited. Toyota has been keeping their name in the game over the years, especially with this release on the horizon. It will be interesting to see what the production of the manual transmission GR Supra will continue to do for the automotive company.

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Linzi Martin
Linzi Martin has worked as a content manager, consultant, and writer for the past six years. She's handled everything from blogs and articles to e-books and social media content. Her work has been featured in various publications including Apartment Guide, The Startup, and Voyage Magazine. Outside of work, Linzi enjoys staying active, frequenting new restaurants around South Florida, and spending time with her family.

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