Toyota's next-generation Supra sports car has been subjected to testing in Australia to confirm its suspension tuning and dynamics are suitable for the local and world markets.
Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and engineers from Japan have put a Supra prototype through its paces on Australian roads, supported by Toyota Australia's highly regarded vehicle engineering and development (VED) group.
The five-day evaluation and suitability test involved areas where Supra customers are likely to travel, including sweeping country roads, twisty mountain climbs and the Great Ocean Road - considered one of the world's great drives.
Mr Tada said he had been keen to use Australia's roads to confirm performance targets for Supra and ensure it would satisfy the dynamic preferences of local drivers.
"We know your drivers tend to favour strong levels of body control and steering feel, particularly for your undulating road surfaces," Mr Tada said.
"It's vital the driver feels confident during rough-road cornering and that the car is very stable under braking. Speedo accuracy is also very important.
"Working on aspects of handling and other details here in Australia allows us to make refinements that will result in a better car right up until production starts in the first part of next year."
We can’t wait to see this one on the CMI Toyota showroom floor and on the streets of Adelaide.