2023 Toyota GR Supra MT | Technoscoob
No. I used to be by no means bothered concerning the partnerships required for its coming into existence; I used to be extra bothered by a way more granular side: the dearth of a handbook transmission choice. In my eyes, that is the purview of any true-blue sports activities automobile. Whereas that transmission kind as we all know it’s short-shifting its approach off the mortal coil sooner than you’ll be able to say “battery-electric automobile”, I plan on holding on to the choices we’ve for so long as I can with the tippy-tips of my fingers…and now, for 2023, Toyota’s going to assist me and lots of driving fanatics like me to take action.
You see, for 2023, a correct six-speed handbook transmission (with a clutch sure a clutch!) will be had on the Supra, so long as you go for the I6-powered Supra 3.0 – in North America. In different markets, the handbook is offered solely on the four-cylinder Supra 2.0.
This isn’t a case of “simply give ‘em what we received; they’re simply pleased to get one” both, however a ZF unit developed in-house with Gazoo Racing (therefore “GR”) particularly for the GR Supra MT.
At any fee; we got a go at Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit within the three-point-oh, and never simply any 3.0, both, however the A91 model which provides crimson badging, Alcantara shift knob, crimson strut tower brace, and my favorite characteristic of all: a tan inside with black inserts that appears completely beautiful. I’ve mentioned it earlier than: brown/tan inside can both be excellent or very cheap-looking and right here, it’s fortunately the previous and in my thoughts, it’s one of the best ways to complete the Supra’s inside. Energy-wise, it makes the identical 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque as the usual 3.0
One factor that hasn’t returned to the ’23 GR Supra MT A91, nevertheless, is an prolonged rear spoiler first seen on the ’21 mannequin. That’s too unhealthy, I suppose, because it did add much more visible flare to the proceedings, however it’s not just like the Supra is a shrinking violet.
In any other case, the A91 – particularly within the Cu Later gray paint job seen right here – is a stunner. The 19-inch 10-spoke alloys completed in a darkish gunmetal are proper on – particularly when shrouding crimson brake calipers – and there are a bunch of neat little particulars just like the crimson inserts behind the headlight lenses and contrast-colour wing mirrors, which do effectively to go with the window surrounds, rear diffuser and vents on the entrance fenders. Exterior and in, I find it irresistible.
Sliding contained in the Supra just isn’t as difficult because it seems from the skin – even for a taller gent like myself – however as soon as in, there’s a little bit work to be achieved. The hardest factor is the visibility. Over-the-shoulder blind spots are omnipresent – which comes as no shock, contemplating the tiny rear window – however it’s the way in which the roof drops up to now right down to the facet home windows that was essentially the most difficult for me. When you had been to take a look at me sitting within the automobile I’d seem like Batman, with solely my chiseled chin and cheeks seen beneath a Toyota-designed cowl. Add the lengthy hood and the very cab-rearward profile, and you actually do have to start out trusting your information of the outside dimensions of the automobile.
After that, in fact, every thing comes properly collectively. The cabin is comfortable, so all of the controls are effectively inside attain, and apart from the visibility issue, the seating place is true on. The seats themselves, in the meantime, are comfy but supportive – an excellent mixture of the 2, which is necessary in a sports activities automobile.
After all, when out on the monitor your over-the-shoulder blind spots aren’t as a lot of a difficulty. You want to have the ability to obtain look forwards, nevertheless – any racing teacher will inform you that your eyes are both on the high of or close to the highest of the record of instruments required to achieve success. In that mild, the Supra is okay.
Which signifies that on the market, you get to concentrate on the duty at hand and actually get pleasure from a automobile that basically likes this setting.
You see, the GR Supra MT is razor-sharp; the steering is so direct and well-weighted that you just hardly consider it’s electrically assisted and although it’s turbocharged, that’s disguised as effectively with easy energy supply that avoids the peakiness normally related to these sorts of powertrains. So, you dip into the throttle and activate what looks like an elastic band being launched, snapping you down the monitor at VIMC with authority and an excellent sound by way of the twin-tailpipes.
This monitor is an fascinating one to take the Supra on; it’s very twisty, it’s slender and it’s undulating with hardly a straight to talk of. Having sampled quite a lot of automobiles right here, I discovered it to be a monitor higher match for stuff just like the Supra’s smaller GR 86 or GR Corolla siblings – at the very least that’s what I believed entering into.
You see, the GR Supra MT could also be heavier than the GR 86 however its wheelbase is definitely shorter. That, coupled with the broad monitor, sticky Michelin Pilot Tremendous Sport rubber and a stability system tuned to counter snap oversteer make for a automobile whose massive presence belies its agility.
And it’s all properly topped off by the handbook transmission which offers quick throws, very exact slots, auto rev-matching downshifts and a weighty clutch. It could be a bit too weighty for some, however I admire the muscular really feel it presents. There’s nonetheless an eight-speed auto on provide, however I simply can’t wrap my thoughts round that now that the handbook is right here.
Which will put me within the minority, however not a lot of the minority if, 4 years right into a automobile’s lifecycle, the producer decides so as to add a handbook. I might think about that there are lots of on the market which might be nonetheless pinching themselves that this has grow to be a actuality.
2023 Toyota GR Supra A91
BODY STYLE: Two-door sports activities coupe
DRIVE METHOD: entrance engine, rear-wheel drive
ENGINE: 382 hp, 368 lb-ft of torque
FUEL ECONOMY CITY/HIGHWAY/COMBINED: 12.7/8.8/10.9 L/100 KM
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed handbook
CARGO CAPACITY: 289 L
TOWING CAPACITY: N/A
Base MSRP: $68,650