Manila (CNN Philippines) — Name an iconic racing film or video game and there’s a big chance that the Toyota Supra has appeared there. Almost all of the “Gran Turismo” games have featured the Toyota Supra. It’s one of the beefiest vehicles to be featured in the anime “Initial D: Fifth Stage.” And it’s the starring vehicle in “The Fast and the Furious.” The film boosted the sports car’s popularity that the 1993 Toyota Supra that Paul Walker used in the first movie was sold at an auction for $185,000.
The Supra is a heavyweight of the sports car category for a reason. It has become so reliable in terms of speed that it’s almost held up to a mythical status, to the point of being tagged as a “Zeus with sequential twin-turbos.” Even removed from the car’s legendary feats due to popular culture, it still holds up quite well: you can see a review from January 1994 of the Supra compared to a BMW E36 M3. “Where the M3 snarls and wails, the Toyota simply hums and whooshes, muffled by whistling turbos,” the 1994 review said, attesting to the Supra’s smooth yet powerful efficiency on the road.
Toyota stopped producing the powerhouse in 2002, thus adding to its status as a rare gem of the sports car world. Collectors have upped the Supra’s value in the market. Parts became harder to find, and expensive too. But rumblings of a new Supra surfaced when Toyota applied for a trademark of the Supra name in 2010. And finally, in 2019, Toyota unveiled the new Supra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, much to the delight of motoring enthusiasts who have long awaited its return.
Pinoy fans had to wait six months until the new Supra reached Philippine shores. It was teased at the Vios Racing Festival at the Clark International Speedway last April. And now, the All-New Toyota GR Supra is now made available to the local market.
“Bringing the legendary Supra here is something we have always wanted to do, and we are positive that there are countless Toyota fans out there who share the same enthusiasm,” said Toyota Motor Philippines First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo. “The Supra, above and beyond, embodies Toyota’s pledge of making ever-better cars.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing heritage
The fifth generation Supra is the first global Toyota Gazoo Racing (GR) model — meaning it’s been fine tuned under the most extreme conditions that suit the needs of the world’s most demanding race. But the Toyota Gazoo Racing development arm isn’t just for the glamorous world of motorsports. The cars developed here are in pursuit of making “ever-better” models with the philosophy that “roads build people, and people build cars.”
Toyota Motor Corporation’s president Akio Toyoda is also the development’s master driver, taking the wheel to take the cars on the road himself. He even had a hand in testing the GR Supra himself when he drove the car at the famous 24-endurance challenge at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany — one of the most demanding tracks in the world with its “tricky corners, treacherous crests, steep inclines and gradients and constantly changing road surfaces.”
“Back in the day, my Supra and I spent hours together as I trained to become a master driver, and for me the model is like a cherished old friend,” says Toyota president Akio Toyoda in a statement. "Back then, it was so frustrating that we could only drive an old Supra that was an end-of-life model, while drivers of other manufacturers were all piloting their new prototypes around Nürburgring. The many Supra fans around the world were not the only ones eagerly awaiting Supra's revival; I secretly wanted to make it happen too. The GR Supra was born through rigorous testing at Nürburgring. And as a result I can state with confidence that this GR Supra is not just fun to drive…it's totally the best driving experience."
Toyota’s Gazoo Racing is emboldened even more by the return of the Supra, which has been forged by the Gazoo Racing’s attention to the finest details of a pure sports car: from the track width, the three fundamentals-wheelbase, to the low center of gravity.
"Our aim was to build a pure sports car offering the ultimate in driving pleasure," Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer on the development project, explains in a statement. "Rather than just chasing the right numbers for horsepower or lap times, we also focused on the sensory experience to let the driver become part of the car and feel the pleasure of driving."
Tour de force
The Toyota GR Supra is available in 16 Gazoo Racing performance dealerships across the country. Toyota Motor Philippines has handpicked the dealers who will be carrying the new Supra to make sure that they can provide the appropriate after-sales care and service that the model needs.
The following dealers will be servicing the Supra, locally:
METRO MANILA: Toyota Alabang, Toyota Commonwealth, Toyota Makati, Toyota Manila Bay, Toyota Otis, Toyota Pasong Tamo, Toyota Quezon Avenue.
LUZON: Toyota Bacoor, Toyota Batangas, Toyota Calamba, Toyota La Union, Toyota San Fernando, Toyota San Pablo.
VISAYAS: Toyota Cebu, Toyota Mabolo.
MINDANAO: Toyota Davao City
The GR Supra’s look is inherited from Supra A80 (1993) and the Toyota 2000 GT (1967). Two easily remarkable features are the double-bubble roof and expressive curves in the sheet metal — features which are not only there to make the car look good but also enhances its racing potential by reducing lift and drag.
The Philippine variant is powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 335 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It is a front engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that comes exclusively in 3.0L displacement and 8-speed automatic transmission, capable of tearing through high speed in mere seconds.
Other key features of the GR Supra include six-lens LED headlamps that integrate daytime running lights and turn signals, Alcantara sports seats with lumbar support and 8-way power memory adjust, 8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, JBL surround sound speakers, SRS airbags, 3-point Pre-tensioner and Force Limiter seatbelts, and other safety features such as Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and an Anti-Lock Brake System.
From its powerful engines to sleek features, the Toyta GR Supra sets the bar high for other sports car to come.
The All-New Toyota GR Supra 3.0L Philippine variant starts at ₱4,990,000. It comes in eight (8) striking colors: Prominence Red, Lightning Yellow, Deep Blue Metallic, Matte Storm Gray Metallic, White Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Gray Metallic, and Black Metallic. Visit the Toyota Philippines website for more details.