Keeping track of the new range of Toyota Supras seemed easy enough with base level variants starting out with a more modest standard equipment list and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Ascend the hierarchy, which will vary depending on market, and you’ll arrive at the fully featured 3.0-litre straight-6 variant, the canonical form of the A90 Supra.
The name ‘Supra’ isn’t quite accurate either, but rather a familiar shorthand for its full moniker, the Toyota GR Supra - GR being the acronym for Gazoo Racing (Masters of the Nurburgring), the Japanese automaker’s factory racing team and newly formed street performance division.
Enter TRD, or Toyota Racing Development, which is the marque’s other performance division that also has had dabs into motorsport, and things soon get confusing. It was thought that TRD and its efforts would be absorbed and unified under the GR banner, but alas here we have the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD. Try saying that fast 5 times.
The car is basically an A90 with some extra angriness and badassery applied to it, showing the public what a more hardcore variant might look like. We must admit that it looks rather good with the exterior alterations adding drama and presence without falling off the cliff of good taste.
New carbon fibre bits adorn the car’s perimeter and do indeed aid airflow and downforce generation, and the same goes for the equally carbon boot spoiler. Curiously, Toyota had teased an outline for the TRD-fettled Supra which clearly alluded to a larger fixed rear wing.
Meanwhile, the car also receives new forged 19-inch aluminium wheels wrapped in grippier Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (we noticed the standard Supra is fitted with Pilot Super Sports, even during testing).
Seemingly, neither the suspension nor the engine were touched upon to receive any upgrades over the stock car from TRD, and while it may be the case that it simply was not an area of focus, perhaps the company is waiting for its official debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March to reveal them - hopefully along with a manual transmission version.