Silverstone Fleet Management

TOYOTA SUPRA COUPE

3.0 Pro 3dr Auto

Google reviews
Google rating: 4.9 | 165 reviews

Review

Toyota's GR Supra revives a classic sports car formula - with a bit of Teutonic help. Jonathan Crouch drives it

Background

Once upon a time, the Toyota Supra was seen as a classic Japanese sports car, that position cemented by the MK4 model's starring role in the very first 'Fast & Furious' film and a prominent place in the original version of Sony's 'Gran Turismo' PlayStation game. By the turn of the century though, as Toyota's attention became consumed with hybrids and SUVs, the Supra was forgotten, the buyers that had once loved it drifting away to other brands when production ended in 2002. And that might have been that, had not BMW found itself in need of a partner to develop the third generation version of its Z4. Which has brought us the car we have here. This is the first Toyota to be produced entirely by the brand's competition division Gazoo racing - hence the 'GR Supra' badging. It's built alongside the Z4 on an Austrian production line in Graz and offers a choice of engines, also found in its BMW cousin, a 2.0-litre 254bhp four cylinder powerplant and a 3.0-litre 335bhp unit that's a turbo straight-six. Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada describes this as 'a sports car without compromise' which, if true, would certainly be an achievement given the need here to somehow bond a Toyota body shell to Bavarian engineering and produce a purely focused end result. Is that what we've got here? Time to find out.

Driving Experience

We've had of course endless media comparisons between this car and its BMW Z4 development cousin. GR Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada hasn't got much time for any of that, pointing out that all the dynamic elements that really matter - namely the settings used here for suspension, steering and the electronically controlled differential - are all his brand's own, courtesy of an intensive tuning programme from Gazoo Racing, the Toyota competition division given the task of developing this model. 'If you're going to compare the Supra to another car', he says, 'compare it to a Porsche Cayman'. That of course isn't the kind of classic straight-six, front-engined rear-wheel drive sports car the top version of this Toyota is trying to be, but the 3.0-litre GR Supra's power output (335bhp) and performance figures (rest to 62mph in 4.3s) are very Cayman-like. If you want to save a little, there's also a four cylinder 2.0-litre GR Supra model offering 254bhp and rest to 62mph in 5.2s. Top speed with both variants is 155mph. The gearbox used on a GR Supra is somewhat different to anything you'll find on a Porsche - an 8-speed ZF torque converter auto - its change times influenced by your choice between 'Normal' or 'Sport' drive mode settings. These also alter steering feel, throttle response and the ride quality you get from the 'Adaptive Variable Suspension'. More electronics feature in the form of an active differential that redirects torque between the rear wheels, firing you from bend to bend. All of this is further aided by ideal 50:50 weight distribution and a particularly stiff chassis. The fairly chunky one and a half-tonne kerb weight is less helpful, which is one of the reasons why you can't chuck this car into a bend with quite the abandon you can with some rivals. But it'd be an easier car to live with day-to-day.

Design and Build

You'd expect a car that's had to borrow so heavily from shared componentry to be something of a compromise design. Yet of all the five Supra generations produced since Toyota unveiled its iconic 2000GT sports car back in 1967, there's little doubt that this one gets closest to replicating the romance of that original model's classic styling. In profile, you can clearly see its key elements; a short wheelbase, large wheels and a wide stance; a taut 2-seat-only cabin; and a long bonnet with a compact body reflecting the purist combination of an in-line six cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. It's certainly extreme; the voluptuous rear haunches; the double-bubble roof line that delivers this unusual upper silhouette; and these curious slashes in the front wings that seem to serve no purpose we can discern, aesthetic or practical. You certainly can't accuse this car of being under-styled. Toyota claims the cabin design's been influenced by the cockpits you get in single-seater racing cars, which is why some might find the high waistline and low driving position a touch claustrophobic. What Supra fans with wider brand experience might not like so much is the vast amount of shared BMW componentry on show here, but for the most part, it's been classily integrated and quite a lot about this cabin remains Toyota's own; the great-looking supportive sports seats; the thin-rimmed steering wheel and the bespoke instrument cluster screen you view through it, complete with prominent 3D-effect orange rev counter and white digital speedo. The 8.8-inch fascia-top infotainment screen is BMW's, but that's a good thing as it delivers a level of media connectivity currently beyond most Toyota models. Unlike previous Supra models, this one's not a 2+2, so as with most cars in this segment, there are no tiny pews out back that might be used for small children or designer shopping bags. So just about anything you want to carry needs to go in the boot, the capacity of which is rated at 290-litres.

Market and Model

The GR Supra range is straightforward; this single coupe body style and a choice of a couple of engines. The base four cylinder 2.0-litre unit costs from around £46,000 in base 'Pro' trim - or £48,000 in 'Fuji Speedway Edition' guise. If you want the 3.0-litre straight-six twin turbo engine, offered in a single 335bhp state of tune, pricing might cause a quick intake of breath from those who remember the relative affordability of earlier Supras. This top variant lists at just over £53,000 in its standard form, but the vast majority of buyers in our market opt to find the extra £1,300 to get the up-spec 'Pro' version we tried. Most of what you'll want features on the standard version, which gets piercing adaptive LED headlamps and lovely 19-inch black & silver 5-double-spoke forged alloy wheels with red brake calipers. Along with an alarm, auto headlamps and wipers, LED tail lights, automatic headlamp levelling, heated auto-dimming mirrors, all-round parking sensors and a rear view camera. Plus there are key driving features like Adaptive Variable Suspension; an Active Sports Differential to help get the power down though the turns; and a 'Drive mode selector with 'Normal' and 'Sport' settings, along with an 'Individual' menu that allows you to customise your own driving preferences. The 8-speed auto gearbox also gets paddle shifters and a launch control function for lightning starts. Inside, there are alcantara-upholstered sports seats with heating, cooled ventilation, power adjustment and a memory function. There's also dual-zone air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a USB port and a 'Smart entry' keyless entry system. There's aluminium finishing for the pedals and the door scuff plates. And infotainment's taken care of by an 8.8-inch centre-dash screen, your access point for a 10-speaker audio system, Navigation, Bluetooth and voice recognition.

Cost of Ownership

We didn't expect too much here. With a kerb weight of around one and a half tonnes, the GR Supra is hardly, after all, the lightest sports car of this kind, around 100kgs of its overall weight taken up by all the emissions and safety legislation introduced since the previous generation model left production. It tips the scales 65kgs (or the weight of a fairly fit passenger) heavier than its arch-rival, the Porsche 718 Cayman - though that's partly of course because there are two extra cylinders fitted up-front. Impressive then, that this Toyota manages to be considerably cleaner and more frugal than its Zuffenhausen rival. The 3.0-litre GR Supra records 188g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 and 34.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle - which should give a reasonable operating range from the 52-litre fuel tank. For reference, the figures for an equivalent 2.0-litre Supra are 38.7mpg and 167g/km. That emissions figure on the 3.0-litre model means a 37% Benefit-in-Kind tax rating that really isn't too bad for a powerful sports car of this kind. And it allows this Toyota to just about edge into a lower tax band than a rival Porsche 718 Cayman -which means that your first year Vehicle Excise duty payment on the 3.0-litre Supra model would be £530; on the Porsche, it'd be £1,280. A flat annual VED charge of £145 applies on a GR Supra 3.0 after the first year, along with an additional £320 per year added in years two to six of ownership thanks to the fact that this Toyota costs more than £40,000. Insurance is rated at group 34E for the 2.0-litre variant and 38E for the 3.0-litre model.

Summary

Is this an 'uncompromised sports car', as Toyota promises? Of course it isn't. No joint-engineering project can ever be quite that. The sort of Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada and his colleagues would have created from a clean sheet would surely have been different from this 'A90'-series model. But perhaps not so very different. Because the company stuck to its guns on what it wanted from this car, the end result has stayed true to the essential tenants of Supra development. And because of the BMW-shared engineering (which was what made the whole thing viable in the first place), this model could be brought to market before the onset of emission regulations that in future will severely curtail the aural excitement that cars like this can offer. Tada-san sees this as an 'old fashioned sports car' and in many ways it is. There's something timeless about the feel of a classic front-engined sports car with a lightly-loaded driven rear axle that you just don't get from supposedly purer mid-engined models like Porsche's 718 Cayman or the Alpine A110. It's special and memorable and different and fun. Exactly as a Supra should be.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions188.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Digital speedometer
  • Drive mode selector
  • Driver and passenger microphone
  • E-call
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Head up Display
  • PAS
  • Push button start
  • Rear collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear view camera
  • Remote boot door release in cabin
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • Service indicator
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
  • Start/stop system
  • Toyota supra connect
  • Toyota Supra Safety+ system with pre-collision, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist
  • Voice recognition
  • Wireless charger

Entertainment

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • Glass integrated antenna
  • JBL premium sound system with 12 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Toyota touch 2 with go navigation system
  • USB port

Exterior Features

  • Auto adaptive high beam
  • Auto cut off headlamps
  • Auto dimming inside rear view mirror
  • Auto headlights
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Boot door release with push button
  • Brushed stainless steel dual exhaust pipes
  • Cornering light
  • Electrically adjustable driver and passenger door mirrors with memory function
  • Electrochrome door mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Indicators integrated on door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lamp
  • LED dual beam projector headlights
  • LED front light guide
  • LED High mounted stop light
  • LED Indicators
  • LED rear fog light
  • Piano black door mirrors
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Reverse gear tilting passenger door mirror

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlets front and rear
  • Aluminium door scuff plates
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Boot light
  • Chrome insert on centre console
  • Door courtesy light
  • Driver and front passenger personal light
  • Driver and passenger seatback pockets
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • Electrically height adjustable, sliding and reclining front seats
  • Floor mats
  • Front cupholders
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front headrests
  • Front sports seats
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox light
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Luggage holding net
  • Luggage hooks
  • Paddle shift controls
  • Power tilting cushion on driver seat
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Tonneau cover

Safety

  • Child restraint system
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Emergency brake light system (EBS)
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
  • Red sports rear brake pads
  • Sports front brake pads
  • Start holding control
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Intrusion sensor and alarm
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Power door locks
  • Remote door lock
  • Smart entry
  • Speed detecting automatic door lock
  • Tilt detection sensors

Technical

  • Active sports differential
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Trim

  • Carbon dash insert

Wheels

  • 19" Black and silver forged alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.077
  • CO2 (g/km)
    170
  • HC
    0.013
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    68
  • NOx
    0.009
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    262
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    181

Engine and Drive Train

  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2998
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0.1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B58
  • Fuel Delivery
    DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    11.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    24.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    35.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    355
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Pro
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    37E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    335
  • Engine Power - KW
    250
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4500
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1292
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4378
  • Wheelbase
    2470
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1853

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1815
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    387
  • Max. Loading Weight
    425
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1390
  • No. of Seats
    2
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
  • FREE Delivery
  • Hassle-free Process
  • Expert Advice
  • Competitive Prices
  • Full Warranties
  • Price Match Promise

Customise your lease deal

Choose colour and optional extras

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Show Lease Summary

Contract Type
Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Miles
Vehicle Maintenance
Service Charge
Balloon Payment
Additional Extras

Fetching your price

You may also like...

LEXUS LC COUPE

500 5.0 [464] Sport 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]

£1,215.54 Per Month (inc VAT)

£10,939.86Initial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 8,000.00 miles pa

£1,012.96 Per Month (excl VAT)

£9,116.64 + VATInitial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 8,000.00 miles pa
  • 48 month term
  • 8000 miles per annum

MERCEDES-BENZ CLA AMG COUPE

CLA 45 S 4Matic+ 4dr Tip Auto

£621.26 Per Month (inc VAT)

£5,591.34Initial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 10,000.00 miles pa

£517.72 Per Month (excl VAT)

£4,659.48 + VATInitial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 10,000.00 miles pa
  • 48 month term
  • 10000 miles per annum

JAGUAR F-TYPE COUPE

5.0 P575 Supercharged V8 R 2dr Auto AWD

£1,144.45 Per Month (inc VAT)

£10,300.05Initial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 10,000.00 miles pa

£953.71 Per Month (excl VAT)

£8,583.39 + VATInitial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 10,000.00 miles pa
  • 48 month term
  • 10000 miles per annum

BMW M4 COUPE

M4 Competition 2dr Step Auto [M Pro/M Carbon Pk]

£1,089.90 Per Month (inc VAT)

£9,809.10Initial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 8,000.00 miles pa

£908.25 Per Month (excl VAT)

£8,174.25 + VATInitial Rental

  • 48 months
  • 8,000.00 miles pa
  • 48 month term
  • 8000 miles per annum

Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

"4 months ago"

Google reviews
Google rating: 4.9 | 165 reviews