One Step Away From Being The Best

ByPunta Dewa

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One Step Away From Being The Best

When it comes to iconic JDM cars, the name Supra rings one of the highest bells. In 1992, Toyota introduced the MKIV Supra to the world, forever changing the face of the Japanese performance automotive scene.

The A80 Supra came with the legendary 2JZ-GTE engine, a cast-iron block with twin-turbochargers. The engine proved capable of achieving great heights in the aftermarket, often reaching an excess of 800 horsepower on a stock block with the right upgrades. In 2019, after a 19-year hiatus, Toyota announced that the Supra is back in the form of the A90. The only problem was, the Toyota Supra would share a platform with the BMW Z4. True fans flipped, but it didn’t take long for the Supra to claim its spot as the rightful heir to its fourth-generation predecessor.

It’s only been a few years, and the Supra keeps getting better. Here, we review the 2022 GR Supra 3.0 Premium to see if there is anything beyond its looks, if the 2022 sports car would make a good daily-driver, and what Toyota needs to do to improve this platform.

Key Features

  • Adaptive Variable Suspension
  • ZF 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Customizable Sport Mode
  • Twin-Scroll Turbocharger

  • Engine/Motor: 3.0-Liter Twin-Scroll Turbocharged I6
  • Horsepower: 382 Horsepower @5,800-6,500 RPM
  • Torque: 368 lb-ft @1,800 RPM
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic

  • Extremely Low End Torque Response
  • One Of The Best Automatic Transmissions
  • Near Perfect Chassis Balance
  • Great Brake System
  • Iconic Exterior Design
  • Pays Homage To MKIV Supra

  • No Manual Transmission Option
  • Cramped Interior
  • Poor Visibility
  • Interior is Too “BMW”

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Engine Specs

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Engine Compartment
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Paying homage to the twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE 3.0L inline-six engine in the fourth-gen Supra, the fifth-generation Toyota Supra sports a 3.0-liter twin-scroll single turbocharger inline-six-cylinder engine. Toyota also offers a 4-cylinder version of the Supra, but this is for another review. The DOHC 24-valve six-cylinder direct-injection engine works together with an 8-speed automatic transmission to send the power to the rear-wheels. The ZF transmission found in the Supra is by far one of the best automatic transmissions on the market today (we will explain below in our First Drive portion).

The Supra’s 3.0-liter engine delivers 382 horsepower between 5,800 RPM and 6,500 RPM, and 368 lb-ft of torque peaking at just 1,800 RPM and maintaining full torque until you reach 5,000 RPM before dropping. All conditions being perfect, the 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 is capable of getting to the 60 mph mark from a stop in just 3.9-seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. On paper, the Toyota Supra is a blast, but does this paper tell an accurate story, or is it all just confetti?

What Makes the 2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Special

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Front
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Forget Japanese or German, let’s talk about some of the technology that make this vehicle excel. Shortly after forced-induction debunked the theory that there is no displacement for replacement, we, turbocharger enthusiasts, had to battle sacrificing boost response for the sake of more power. The need for more power meant we had to increase the size of the turbocharger, which meant sacrificing response and experiencing boost lag.

The twin-scroll turbo design under the Supra’s hood addresses this issue. In the simplest terms, a twin-scroll turbo features a divided inlet in the housing, paired with a well-engineered turbocharger manifold to improve response and efficiency. The first scroll goes to the front three cylinders, while the second scroll goes to the second three cylinders. This improves low-end response, increases power for the entire RPM range, and increases efficiency.

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Shifter
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Not only is the Supra using one of the best automatic transmissions, Toyota also placed the 8-speed ZF gearbox in the right position to lower the center of gravity, and tuned it to perfection to deliver precise and aggressive performance.

To balance between daily-driving and track, the GR Supra comes with the Adaptive Variable Suspension. This suspension system is able to read road conditions a hundred times per second and adapt to give you the firmness when you need it, and the comfort when you’re cruising.

To enhance the handling further, an electronically-controlled rear differential monitors wheel speed, RPM, yaw rate, brake pressure, throttle opening angle, and steering angle to activate a multi-plate clutch and control the locking ratio between the wheels from 0- to 100-percent. With everything on the Supra engineered for performance, the available Brembo brakes make the car stop almost as quick as it goes. This system features four-piston front calipers and 2-piece 348mm vented disc rotors.

Related: The Best Features Of The 2022 Toyota GR Supra

2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium Design

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Sideview
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Using the word “curvy” to describe the 2022 Toyota Supra is a massive understatement. The Supra features a silhouette that is not only as sexy as it is aggressively-sporty, but it also pays tribute to the iconic MKIV Supra. Starting with the front, the headlights will remind you of the classic fourth-gen, but with the modern touch of the 6-lens LED light cluster. In the rear, the dynamic rear LED taillights along with the curved trunk make for quite the sighting, and with giant hips for fenders, you can’t deny the Supra’s back is its strong point.

19-inch forged billet aluminum wheels sit on all four corners, which are lighter and more durable than traditional cast-aluminum. One of the highlights of the exterior design sits on top of the vehicle. The classic double-bubble roof not only brings back memories, but also serves to optimize airflow and reduce drag, not to mention create more space for your helmet when you hit the track. All in all, the exterior design of the 2022 Toyota Supra is a work of art.

2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium Interior

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Dashboard
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While it takes roughly 12 hours to get from Japan to Germany, going from the exterior to the interior of the Supra will get you there in five seconds. The collaboration between Toyota and BMW is beyond apparent in the interior. In fact, it’s not so much collaboration as much as it is just BMW with a Toyota steering wheel. Everything from the infotainment system, the shifter, the gauge cluster, to the door handles screams BMW.

However, BMW has been making some of the world’s best cars for decades, and the Supra’s cabin is no different. We just wish there were more classic Toyota cues inside. The sport seats do as good of a job enhancing the design as they do holding you in place. Toyota claims the interior is driver-inspired; however, we can’t help but feel the driver seat feels disconnected from the center console.

The 8.8-inch display features wireless Apple CarPlay, and the screen is responsive and easy to navigate through. Bring your eyes lower, and you will see the wireless charge pad for your phone. It’s brilliant in functionality yet terrible in design. The pad works effortlessly, but the cover on top of it makes it impossible to grab your phone without touching the screen and potentially pressing something you don’t want to press (or is it on purpose, so you don’t grab your phone while driving?).

In addition to the tight squeeze from the cover, the lighter-port cap sticks out in the exact position where the phone needs to come out. We understand the cover makes it more efficient, like storing your wallet on top, but we would love easier access to the phone without pinching our fingers. With such impressive exterior design comes some other shortcomings, like the lack of visibility. You can’t see your blind spot, and the windshield is extremely small. All in all, sitting inside the Supra is a premium, cramped experience.

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium First Drive

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Front
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The GR Supra 3.0 has two completely different personalities. In Normal mode, the Supra feels refined, smooth, quiet-ish, but in Sport mode, the Supra is pure angry in the best way possible. Drivers can modify their Sport mode in terms of Engine, Transmission, Suspension, and Steering. If you want the engine response, sport transmission, but you don’t want the firm ride and the heavy steering, you can simply customize it as such. The same goes for everything else.

Of course, the real fun is when everything is set to Sport. The result is pure confidence. Response is almost immediate. With traction control off, the Supra could be a handful; however, it’s a relatively easy car to drive. I’ve driven it on the track during its launch in 2019, and as aggressive as it is, it’s very well-mannered. This isn’t to say it won’t surprise you and point you in the wrong direction. Start slow and get to know the car first.

The Adaptive Variable Suspension is a must-have. It’s worth every penny. In Sport mode, the suspension will not be good for daily-driving. It gets extremely rough. However, it is exactly what you need around corners. The steering is impressively accurate. The entire car feels well-balanced and tight. It offers the same playfulness of the GR 86 chassis, but with much more capabilities, firmness, and performance. The brakes match the engine performance with more than enough stopping power.

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Gauge Cluster
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The entire experience of driving the Toyota Supra is exquisite, but nothing compares to how well-tuned this ZF eight-speed transmission feels. In Sport mode, the transmission behaves exactly how you want it, when you want it. The shifts are snappy and quick, and the transmission downshifts brilliantly. It feels like it’s always in the right RPM whenever you need it, and you never have to wait for it. If you’re cruising on the freeway in 8th gear at 65 mph, a simple press of the Sport button will bring it down to 6th gear, ready to give you the acceleration you need on command. All in all, the 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 is as close to perfection as you can get, with more than enough performance and refinement.

Related: Why We Love The 2022 GR Supra

The Bottom Line

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Rear
Photo by Kareem Girgis

As car enthusiasts, we have to ask for that third peddle. Well, before we complain, we will make the bold statement that you will never, ever be able to shift a manual transmission as well as this ZF transmission does. This gearbox is faster, more accurate, and more aggressive than you can ever get. Despite this statement, we still want a manual transmission. Oftentimes, it’s not about the efficiency, but more about the fun.

With this car scoring extremely high in the fun-factor, a manual transmission should kill most competition. It’s already better looking and quicker than the M2, but the M2 offers a manual transmission. While we’re complaining, we know you’re thinking this is more BMW than a Supra, and it shouldn’t carry this iconic name. Well, this will never be the fourth-generation A80 Supra, it is much better (there, we said it!). This is a new era, and the Toyota Supra is living up to the challenge with flying colors.

It’s rare to find a 2022 vehicle that offers a raw driving feel. In spirited driving, the Supra is playful enough, yet well balanced to ensure you don’t make too many mistakes. The overall experience of driving this vehicle is extremely fun, and in spite of the cramped interior, you will always enjoy driving it.

With how well-engineered the Supra is, it’s not a question of should you buy it or not, it’s a question of which trim should you buy? We would usually encourage you to pass on the Premium and go with the 3.0, but given you lose the Blind Sport Monitor with this switch, we must recommend the Premium priced at $54,790. It’s almost dangerous to drive this car without a Blind Sport Monitor. If you’re after the looks and not so much the performance, you can always downgrade to the Supra 2.0, but if you want raw performance, spend the extra money, and you’ll be too busy having fun to overthink your decision.

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