Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has launched the new Supra in Japan. According to the automaker, in a media release posted on the company’s website on Friday, requests for sales appointments for the 24 Matte Storm Gray Metallic Supra RZ scheduled for production this fiscal year will be accepted online only for approximately one month from 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 to Friday, June 14, 2019.
“The order of the sales appointments,” it explained, “will be decided in a draw to be announced on the day of Germany’s 47th 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race (June 22 to June 23) in which the new Supra is taking part.
The new Supra is the first global model of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s GR sports car series. Ever since first competing in Germany’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in 2007, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has been aiming through its motorsports activities to develop its cars and people, with the goal of “making ever-better cars.” The knowledge and know-how it has built up over the years have been funneled into bringing the Supra back to life in the form of the “GR Supra,”*4 as a car that people the world over will find fun to drive.
The new Supra produced at the Magna Steyr, Graz Plant in Austria is the first product in a comprehensive collaboration with BMW*5. Following shipment by sea, the cars will pass through Toyota’s Motomachi plant for delivery to customers in Japan.
The all-new fifth-generation*6 Supra marks the end of a 17-year hiatus since the conclusion of production of the previous generation in 2002. Ever since the Supra’s inception in 1978*6, all generations have been front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles powered by an inline six-cylinder engine. The latest rendition is no exception. This time around, extensive attention has also been paid to the three fundamental elements of wheelbase, tread, and center of gravity, thus achieving handling performance befitting a pure sports car.
|Minimum ground clearance (mm)||112||118|
|Curb weight (kg)||1,520||1,450||1,410|
|Powertrain layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive|
|Engine||Inline-6 DOHC Twin-scroll turbocharger||Inline-4 DOHC Twin-scroll turbocharger|
|Engine displacement (cc)||2,997||1,998|
|Maximum output (kW[PS]/rpm)||250/5,000||190/5,000||145/4,500|
|Maximum torque (N･m[kgf･m]/rpm)||500[51.0]/1,600-4,500||400[40.8]/1,550-4,400||320[32.6]/1,450-4,200|
|Transmission||8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission|
|WLTC mode fuel efficiency* (km/liter)||12.2||12.7||13.1|
|4-pot aluminum monoblock caliper||Aluminum floating caliper|
|Floating caliper||Aluminum floating caliper|