Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Photography Adrenaline Lifestyles
I love how the Supra has returned to the scene and has become one of the most sought after sports vehicles in the automotive industry. The car enthusiast reaction to the Supra is full of excitement and discussion about how it compares to the previous generations. The model sent for review was the 2022 Toyota Supra GR 3.0 Premium.
The Toyota Supra is a sports car and grand tourer manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation beginning in 1978. We are now in the fifth generation of the Supra and it has been produced since March 2019 and went on sale in May 2019. The Supra is assembled alongside the G29 BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr. The Supra was unveiled at the January 2019 North American International Auto Show and is a collaboration between Toyota and BMW and is based on the Z4.
Upon first look, you will notice the Supra’s sleek and sporty look. Our review model came in a Turbulence Gray hue. The Supra comes complete with auto-fold heated exterior mirrors, 19-inch forged aluminum 10 spoke wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. There are Brembo 4-piston ventilated disc brakes in the front and Single piston cast iron disc brakes with red brake calipers. Adding to the sporty look are the LED exterior lighting and brushed finished dual exhaust tips.
The interior of the Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium that we tested has 14-way heated power red leather trimmed sport seats, leather upholstery and a full color head-up display. It is a 2 seater with more than enough leg room for both passengers. There is also a great infotainment system that is complete with a 8.8 touchscreen multimedia system, wireless phone charging, Supra connected services, touchpad rotary control, standard navigation, Sirius XM, wireless Apple CarPlay and a 12-speaker JBL stereo sound system that is crystal clear with hard hitting bass.
The Supra 3.0 Premium comes with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that has a twin-scroll turbocharger with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Supra responds to 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. This is a rear wheel drive vehicle, complete with launch control. The throttle response is immediate when you hit the pedal. The exhaust system growls as you put the Supra to work. The handling was balanced, steering and throttle were responsive with very strong. Sport mode sends the Supra to another level as it unleashes the beast under the hood.
Safety is a big deal at Toyota and the Supra is equipped with the driver assist package that includes dynamic radar cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and parking sensors with emergency braking function. The Supra also comes with forward collision warning, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera and a feature that recognizes road signs as standard.
The Toyota Supra sits in a competitive class with vehicles such as the Audi S3, Audi S4, BMW M2, BMW Z4, Honda Type R, Toyota 86, Porsche Cayman and the Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class. the model that we tested came in at $56,910 including the driver assist package. The 2022 Toyota GR Supra gets 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. For a sports car, this is a good rating.
The 2022 Toyota Supra is fun to drive and quite practical for a sports car. I see more and more every day that are used as commuter vehicles, car show stunners and highway bandits. The Supra has a comfortable interior and a roomy cargo area. I enjoyed the smooth handling, good gas mileage of the Supra. I showcased the Supra at my “Sunday Service” car show and it was an absolute crowd-pleaser. The most common question given was “When is manual coming?”. Hopefully soon we all get to experience the joy of a manual Supra. Please enjoy my photos.