TOYOTA'S SUPRA LEGEND RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA IN 2019
We're excited to let you know that Toyota Australia has confirmed the long-awaited next generation of Toyota's beloved sports car, the Supra, will be sold in Australia from the third quarter of next year.
The fifth-generation Supra, also known as the A90, will embrace the car's impressive sports-car heritage and deliver pure driving pleasure with its front-engine/rear-wheel-drive architecture and turbocharged in-line six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine.
Boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger, highly precise direct fuel-injection and variable valve control, engine outputs will be more than 220kW and 450Nm with a projected 0-100 km/h time of well under five seconds.
An uncompromised focus on performance and handling has resulted in the modern Supra sporting an extremely short wheelbase, low centre of gravity, high body rigidity and ideal 50-50 weight distribution.
Supra will be the first vehicle sold in Australia to carry Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) branding, the global company's new performance sub-brand.
GR's role is to support Toyota's development of "ever better" road cars, forging new technologies and solutions under the extreme conditions of motorsport such as Toyota's world endurance and rally championship campaigns.
New Supra is pure driving pleasure
Toyota's intensive development of the two-seat coupe has focused single-mindedly on pure driving pleasure with meticulous drivetrain tuning to ensure precise control of cornering forces and response to accelerator pedal operation.
With an uncompromised focus on performance and handling, the new Supra's wheelbase is shorter than the compact Toyota 86 sports car and the centre of gravity is even lower than for its acclaimed sibling.
The short wheelbase is combined with a wide track, resulting in a highly desirable "golden ratio" of less than 1.6:1 - better than most two-seat sports cars.
Supra's performance credentials are boosted by a new aluminium and steel composite frame with body rigidity close to the carbon-fibre based LFA super car, enabling the engineering team to specify high-performance suspension components.
Toyota's proud Supra heritage
The Supra legend began in 1978 with what was essentially a Celica with a six-cylinder engine. By 1987, Supra was no longer part of the Celica range and was equipped with a 3.0-litre turbo engine, upgraded to twin turbo in 1993.
In the decade from 1983, Toyota sold a total of 2,895 Supra sports cars in Australia.
The first public sign of a modern Supra rebirth was the FT-1 Concept that made its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, previewing a possible rear-drive sports car.
While the FT-1 sports concept hinted at the styling direction, the new Supra also evokes previous legendary Toyota sports cars - such as the 2000GT and 80 Supra, for example, in the shape of the tail and the side windows.
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