Toyota Supra GT4 | New car
- on April 22, 2019
- Categories: Car Reviews
Toyota is always devising ways to surprise its admirers with new, state of the art innovations in its commercial car lines as well as luxury sports cars franchise. For decades, Toyota Supra has always been an all-time preference for race car enthusiasts. With unsurpassed road safety, matchless power and comfy interior – Supra is a blast to drive and a top pick of luxury sports car class.
Keeping the legacy, Toyota has teamed up with Akrapovič, Pirelli, and Ravenol to develop the competition-ready GT4, primarily introduced as a concept during the Geneva Motor Show held earlier this year. Conforming to the GT4 regulations, Toyota Supra GT4 is an entry-level, turn-key race car with the same basic powertrain as its roadgoing sibling, however, with FIA approved safety gear and reduced weight.
The first glance of the model portrays a blend of modern innovation while also keeping the make’s classic design. The side skirt of the production model has been kept, with the only replacement of glass windows with plastic ones, consisting of one strip that is actually movable.
The taillights exhibit a sleek, neon look with upgraded projected headlamps. Toyota GR Supra GT4’s front splitter and rear wings are made of a natural fibre composite, therefore providing with 400 pounds of weight reduction as compared to its road model.
The interior of Toyota GR Supra GT4 remains fitted with a carbon-fibre instrument panel. The GT4 competition-appropriate, infotainment screen in the middle and a behind-the-steering-wheel display is still there.
Needles to say, the steering wheel designed remains developed keeping in view sports use of the car. Compromise on safety is a big no, for which the major provisions include a high-strength roll-cage intended for the lightweight steel body and a fire extinguisher. GR Supra GT4 contains FIA approved, OMP Bucket Racing Seat with a six-point harness.
Toyota GR Supra GT4 is of unparalleled competition for its road performance. Its suspension system features a perfect combination of Front MacPherson struts with a multi-link arrangement at the rear. While adjustable KW performance dampers are usable for both front and rear. The braking system gets complemented with dedicated Brembo racing calipers – 6-pot at the front and 4-pot at the rear. GR Supra GT4’s OZ Racing, five-stud alloy wheels measure 11×18 inch fitted with 305/660 Pirelli tires.
The mighty 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder turbocharged engine in Toyota GR Supra GT4 can produce a whopping 430 BHP! With paddle shifts and a mechanical limited-slip differential, the engine is backed with 7-speed, original sports automatic transmission. Deployed with Ravenol lubricants, Toyota GR Supra GT4 also accommodates a race-spec Akrapovič exhaust system, contributing to enhanced performance.
Toyota GR Supra GT4 is ready to hit the international markets by mid-2020 with expected, starting price of €175,000 (approximately $194,000). The sales will begin from Europe in March, then North America in August, and Asia in October. However, the mentioned price is exclusive of all the logistics fees, taxes, customs fees, and other expenses.