Drivetribe Decides: Is the new Supra worthy of the name?

Does Toyota's new baby live up to its legendary forebears? Or is it just a rehashed BMW? You tell me.

2y ago

Here we go then. The first drive reports are starting to trickle in from the launch of the all-new Toyota Supra (or 'GR Supra', as I keep being reminded we must call it). The news I'm hearing is mostly positive; the new Supra is fast, well-balanced, and looks better in the metal than it did in photos.

The thing is though, from what I'm hearing, the same nagging doubt is still lingering in the minds of the lucky few who have now driven the new car that has been plaguing the Supra ever since it was first announced. Nobody seems to be sure that it *feels* like a Toyota Supra. Obviously, with a twenty-one year gap since the last model to carry the name was killed off there are going to be plenty of differences. But surely the most important job when reviving a long-dormant car, especially one as well-known as the Supra is to carry over that crucial bit of DNA that makes a Supra well, a Supra?

One of the biggest sticking points with the new car has been the fact that it is so heavily based on BMW's latest Z4. Some (including Toyota) say this is a help, and that without the joint venture the new Supra wouldn't exist. Many others are fuming that Toyota have besmirched the good name of their favourite Japanese coupe with Bavarian parts.

Personally, I'm not so sure. What I do know is that it's about time we had a definitive answer as to whether or not such a car should carry the legendary Supra name. So it's over to you guys to vote!


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Comments (10)

  • I reckon we'll only see if it honours the name when people start tuning it. The tunability, I think, was the defining factor of the old Supra, so if the new one can be tuned to anywhere near as much, it lives up to the name.

      2 years ago
  • People taking issue with what something is called -- irrespective of how good it is -- boggles my mind. The original Supra was a toy for children until The Fast and The Furious came out and even then only reach "legend" status once the tuners took hold of it. There is no way the the original is even remotely close to being as good as the new one. @ me.

      2 years ago
  • The issue is the looks For me, it's awkward from nearly every angle. A cleaner look and I'd have been on board completely

      2 years ago
  • The car is not the problem so all you people that like to talk crap and always think your opinion is what matters then STUF. Its the name that is the problem.

      2 years ago
  • I agree with both. No, it doesn't live up to the Supra name. But, the Supra name is overrated. Yes the car is good and all, but it is over-hyped because of the movies. Just because it handles good and has a extremely tunable engine, doesn't mean it's the best car ever. The money spend to build a well-modded, high powered Supra, could be spend on something newer, with a wayyyy higher reliability.

    So the new Supra is a great new car, with lots of power and great handling. Is it as popular as the old one, no. Until someone uses it in a movie franchise that everyone is hyped about....

      2 years ago
    • I don’t even think it’s that. It’s tunable engine was found out long before the F&F franchise so the power capability wasn’t unknown. I think it’s biggest downfalls outside of the name are the lack of a Toyota engine and the fact that it can’t...

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