Toyota Supra GR Premium

Sun, 08/30/2020 - 10:00am

“That’s a Toyota?”

Yep. It’s the latest Supra, the two-seat sports/grand touring car that Toyota has made, off and on, since Jimmy Carter was President. The last Supra, 1993 to ‘98, was the most expensive Toyota ever—around $35,000, as I recall, and the twin-turbo version was also the most powerful Toyota. 

This new GR Premium model costs $56,615 with everything from radar cruise control to a touchpad and one of those magic buttons that clicks back and forth between hair-raising and sedate. Sport and touring, see? 

The curves and bulges look a bit Italian, but in silver, it could be German, no? 

Well, it is. This Supra is Toyota’s take on the BMW Z4, with the same 3.0-litre straight Six, here turbocharged to 382HP. It feels like even more power than that—the car is indecently quick when provoked and the 8-speed transmission is brilliant, for an automatic. 

I do wish the cabin was a bit roomier and the visibility better, and I bang my head on the door every time I get in, but the Supra is a thrill to drive at any speed. 

Silvio Calabi has been reviewing cars since Ronald Reagan removed the solar panels from the White House. He lives in Camden.