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Toyota GR Supra review - performance and 0-60 time

Does strong work with its modest power figure, taking only 4.3sec to reach 62mph. Feels as quick as the figures suggest

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  • Strong performance, well-judged ride and handling
  • Not as engaging as we’d like, no manual gearbox option

Like its predecessor, the current Supra will quickly develop a reputation for straight-line speed. Its 1495kg kerb weight is hardly flyweight, but 275-section rear tyres make for good traction and the car whips to 62mph in 4.3sec – six-tenths quicker than the 0-60mph time quoted of the old Supra Turbo with a manual ’box, for reference. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

The way it goes about achieving that speed feels… well, quite BMW-like. There are worse engines to listen to than a straight-six, even a turbocharged one, but the engine and transmission’s character are both very BMW, whether mooching around at low speed or gunning it through the gears.

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Toyota has worked to give the car some aural character, and in the sportier driving modes there are the obligatory crackles when backing off the throttle. And seat-of-the-pants it feels comfortably as quick as the 0-62mph time suggests, punching hard from very few revs and the acceleration never really tailing off until you bump into the limiter. It responds well in-gear too, taking off with the merest hint of throttle input.

Perhaps it’s a symptom of the low-set driving position or the minimal glass area but it seems to accentuate the car’s performance too – there’s a proper muscle car vibe. It’s a shame, though, that there’s not a manual transmission to add to that feeling.

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It’s one of several areas the car feels short on interaction, as good though the ZF is, it’s not as sharp as the dual-clutch ’boxes offered elsewhere, and the process of switching the car into sport mode, knocking the gear shifter into manual and then changing down half a dozen gears just to wake everything up feels neither efficient, nor fun or interactive.

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