Just before someone has gotten a seat in the Toyota GR Supra 2020 ready for production, there are some pretty strong opinions about the car. "Nice Z4", snark detractors. "2JZ or bust", declare the nostalgic. "Where is the manual transmission," the purists sniff.
The Supra MkV was recently added to Gran Turismo Sport, And we thought it would be a fun exercise to see if the reviews had any merit by taking Toyota's newest sports car for a virtual spin.
We can not tell you how HVAC switches feel in your hand, or how your interior clicks look. Maybe that's possible with the PlayStation 5 edition of the game. But we can "drive" the new Supra around several tracks (including an empty and completely dry Nordschleife) back to back with an MkIV "mechanically" perfect in the same session.
Try to fix that in real life.
The Toyota Toyota Supra RZ 2020, by virtual numbers
- Price: 100,000 credits in the game
- power train: 3.0 liters, double straight turbo, six producing 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; eight-speed automatic transmission; RWD
- Fuel Economy of the EPA: Who cares
- 0-60: 4.1 seconds (manufacturer claimed)
- Quarter mile 13.4 seconds at 109 mph (observed)
- Quick take: In the world of Gran Turismo, the Toyota GR Supra 2020 feels like a solid sports car that, please, does not matter if it is not as magical as its predecessor with 2JZ.
Stationary, the Supra looks a little uncomfortable. It is too high in relation to the rest of the body and has a protruding and prominent nose. However, seeing one of my own ghost cars fly in a particularly slow spin, however, the two-door Toyota looks low, strong and resolute. I remember specifically that I thought, "Hey, what a cool thing."
I'm really not a fan of how perfectly round the steering wheel airbag is. It reminds me of the fliers that are in the funny bumper cars and not in a good way. "2/10 would not buy".
Of course, all this has been meticulously recreated by the Polyphony Digital wizards, who have perfectly modeled everything from how the light dances (or does not dance) to the gray paint of my private car and the top display screen over the set of instruments.
Speaking of speed, Toyota cites a sprint of 4.1 seconds at 60 mph, but when we loaded the car into GT SportIn Stage X of the Special Stage, direct for the punctual or "instrumented" tests, we constantly record at zero to 60 hours of five seconds in the point. The quarter mile is driven in 13.4 seconds at 109 mph. Because the game in a disconcerting way does not present drag races, the "instrumented test" in this scenario basically amounts to launching the car many times and carefully studying the data of the repetition with a stopwatch. (For the serious, this was done on hard sports tires with traction control set at 2).
The Toyota GR virtual 2020 is the digitized Nürburgring, where rain and tourist traffic are non-existent. The Supra is, in a word, anxious. An impatient turn, a quick direction, strong brakes and a willing powertrain make the Yota with two doors agile, tolerant and malleable.
Toyota says the Supra has a lower center of gravity than the 86 with a boxer engine and is stiffer than the carbon-loaded Lexus LFA. After piloting his video game representation, I am inclined to believe it. However fast think You can throw the Supra in a corner, you can probably do it faster. The car handles undulations and elevation changes like a champion.
The 335-horsepower 3.0-liter BMW with six cylinders under the hood puts the Supra a couple of leagues below its NSX and GT-R compatriots, but like the action, it's a unit it's eager to please. It's a solid and solid engine with nothing of that torque plagued by the latest Toyota sports coupe set. Its two turbos are released with an audible whistle above 4,000 rpm.
It also has an extroverted exhaust, and biscuits in abundance are produced off the accelerator anywhere above 2,500 rpm. Seriously, take your foot off, er, remove R2's finger and it sounds like someone is hitting a bag of popcorn in the glove compartment.
If the car no longer audibly told its driver how fast its engine is turning, Toyota has placed an ingenious gear indicator inside the tachometer that allows its peripheral vision to know when to select the next gear.
Therefore, we now know that the Toyota Supra 2020 can do its best. But, what if all you want to do with a trip to the track is to leave some marks and destroy some tires? We got it, we loaded Tsukuba. In addition to being host to innumerable Better engine Clashes, the 1.27-mile circuit also regularly plays host to the Formula D. That's D in operation.
Will it be the new Supra powerslide? With the right motivation, absolutely. Lowering the traction control, moving it in a curve and crushing the accelerator results in a theater worthy of a Ken Block armchair. Keeping huge tire smoke chains through the long turn of Tsukuba 12, in particular, is very easy. Suspiciously easy. It was almost as if this car was developed by the same man responsible for the 86th birth to drift, which it was.
Therefore, the Toyota GR Supra 2020 appears, at least in digital form, as a sports car. But how does it compare with the original? To find out, I got on the virtual wheel of a 1997 MkIV Supra double turbo, the car that possibly catapulted the Supra into its clbadic cult status.
Judging by the opinions of the Internet, the new Supra, born in Austria, sounds like a world apart from his father, but both followed by the Nordschleife, actually feel more similar than expected. At the end of the day, they have the same design, the same displacement, the same number of cylinders arranged in the same way, and they are very in the same field of play in terms of power and weight.
However, it is not surprising that older Supra men are less precise, more relaxed and GT-style. His note of the 2JZ engine could be filed under the same genre as the B58 if they were on the Spotify list, but the mill made at Toyota sounds heavier, industrial and more sonorous. More hairy chest. It is a glorious engine to operate and that improves and improves with each turn.
This addictive personality extends to the rest of the driving experience of the MkIV. The old Nürburgring is extremely attractive in a way that the new car can not match. Negotiating the relatively primitive chbadis of the old car in the more technical sections of the Green Hell requires much more concentration, but it is a more rewarding magnitude than a result.
In isolation then, the Toyota GR Supra 2020 feels like a solid performance. Its design, design and technical specifications better in action pay tribute to the legend of the 90 that will be its existence. However, is it a machine as special as that old car? We are not so sure.
However, one thing is for sure: we can not wait to try the new Supra in real life, its counterpart based on binaries is doing us good for now. Excuse me while I have more time to "seat" with the latest Toyota sports car. For the investigation.