It’s been a long wait for those keen on the all-new Toyota A90 GR Supra to arrive on Australian shores, and there are many. The new coupe is one of those cars that, barring some catastrophic failure or sustained and egregious criticism, will go on to be a tremendous commercial and PR success.
Those who have already sampled the new Supra are already extolling its dynamic attributes even when such a car would have come with such heavy and longstanding expectations against its very highly regarded predecessor.
Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley said: ”The GR Supra should be compared with vehicles in a much higher price bracket including top-end European sports coupes - it really is that good. I am certain anyone who experiences it will appreciate the engineering, passion and precision that has gone into building what we believe is one of the best value, most engaging drivers' cars on sale in the world today.
Two variants will be offered locally starting with GT at $84,900 and ending with the GTS at $94,900. Both will be more or less identical from a mechanical perspective, sharing the same BMW-sourced B58 3.0-litre inline-6 turbocharged petrol engine.
With 250kW and 500Nm behind the right pedal, the century sprint is an impressive 4.4 seconds thanks to its relatively light weight and slick shifting ZF 8-speed automatic. While these numbers should be enough to satiate the average enthusiast, more demanding buyers will also have to be deeper pocket in order to select the GTS and its $10,000 premium.
One might think that Toyota has given most of the luxuries and comforts to the GTS, explaining the gulf between just 2 variants. However, it’s the more performance oriented features that define the separation.
Standard features on the GT include LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, a mechanical limited slip rear differential, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and even wireless smartphone charging.
On the safety front, the GT isn’t a slouch either, offering AEB (with pedestrian and cyclist detection) in addition to seven airbags, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and active cruise control.
For the extra $10,000 over the rather generously equipped GT, the GTS adds (most importantly) larger 19-inch alloys, high performance brakes, an Alcantara interior, a 12-speaker JBL stereo, and a heads-up display.
To cope with the significant demand contrasted against its allocation of just 300 units for the first 12 months, Toyota Australia has set up an online reservation microsite for interested buyers that will go live on June 19th at 12pm AEST.
Once logged in, buyers will need to place a $1,000 deposit to lock in their interest, with each round of reservations capped at 100. Within 24 hours, a notification will be sent out to those who have successful been selected by the randomised selector.
Should you be lucky enough have your reservation make it through the automated culling, a call will be placed by someone from Toyota to further the booking process, helping you confirm certain options such as exterior colour and trim before a further $4,000 is needed to lock in your brand new A90.
"The new centralised online sales process handled by a dedicated Supra concierge will ensure we keep customers updated at every step of the way and provide a bespoke and very personal experience, which is fitting for a vehicle of the Supra's calibre," Hanley added.