The Toyota Mark X GRMN is stealing the Supra's thunder
It feels like we've been waiting an eternity for the new Toyota Supra. Due for iminent release at this week's 2019 Detroit Motor Show, Toyota have been focusing entirely on promoting its new sportscar. But they've potentially shot themselves in the foot.
Some 19 inch BBS wheels, quad exhausts and a subtle bodykit are clues to this Mark X's sporting pretentions. Credit - Motor1
Just days before the big Supra reveal, Toyota decided to unveil the Mark X GRMN saloon at Tokyo Auto Salon - and it's all anyone can talk about. It could be because the Mark X GRMN is to be sold only in Japan, making the rest of the world immediately inquisitive and envious. It also could be down to the surprisingly old-school thrills on offer, the type of thrills we expect and demand from the new Supra.
Petrolheads are rejoicing at the Mark X GRMN's power being sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. It's a bold move but a popular one among the purists. The power source is also rather old school. It comes from a 3.5-litre V6 with 313bhp and 280lb ft, that might sound positively weeny by today's forced induction standards but it should have the responsiveness associated with a naturally aspirated engine. Interestingly, it's the same unit found in variants of the Lotus Elise.
Body hugging sports seats should give you enough support in the corners. Credit - Motor1
Despite being a fairly big four-door saloon, there should be less weight than you'd imagine thanks to a carbon roof. Handling is backed up by GRMN brakes specifically developed for the Mark X, along with more focused (harder) suspension and tweaked sports steering.
For around £37,000 or 5 million yen, the Mark X GRMN looks awfully appealing - especially when you consider a BMW M3 costs nearly twice the price. Sadly, there will only be 350 examples of the Mark X GRMN and they probably sold in the time you read this sentence.