2020 Toyota GR Supra Review

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It’s SUPRAcalifragilisticexpialidocious and when it goes the sound of it is nowhere near atrocious. Moreover, riven like a GT car, rather than a sports car — that is, covering a lot of miles at speed on the highway — the Supra is happily in its element. The car is also nicely settled and very cooperative on smooth secondary roads seasoned with nicely spaced sweeping turns.

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However, it is disappointingly unsettled and mildly resistant to turning in when hustling along on rough roads; especially so when it's asked to deal with a succession of tight corners in quick succession too. The brakes were resistant to modulation too.

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On the other hand, the satisfyingly powerful turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine is as smooth as Denzel Washington playing a romantic lead. Dynamometer tests have shown its output is far more than the 335 horsepower Toyota quotes as well. It’s more like 339 — at the rear wheels! What’s more, the transmission is damn near clairvoyant. It always finds the right gear and responds instantly to paddle inputs in sport mode.

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There IS something of a disconcerting lurch when the transmission shifts from 1st to 2nd under full throttle. However, every other gear change is seamless and accompanied by a delightful “poopf” from the exhaust system during each shift — with no interruption of forward momentum. The eight-speed automatic accurately rev-matches downshifts too

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The exhaust burbled enthusiastically whenever I let off the throttle and the engine note when it was running wide open in sport mode is the song I want played at my funeral. It’s absolutely glorious.

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With all of that said, the Supra’s biggest problem is it looks like a sports car and it sounds like a sports car, but it’s happiest when it’s being driven like a grand touring car.

But hey, that’s OK; I like it just the same.

Pricing starts at $42,990.

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