Toyota’s BMW sports car has youthful spirit
They say age is just a number and in some regards that’s true. When it comes to driving and today’s vehicles there are plenty of vehicles out there that can make you feel nostalgic of a younger time in your life, but also help reinvigorate you with youthful exuberance.
This week’s tester is one such vehicle.
The Weekend Drive Publisher Vince Bodiford and TWD Automotive Editor Jimmy Dinsmore got to feel a little younger behind the wheel of the 2022 Toyota Supra GR.
Jimmy: I’ve always liked the Supra and at one point in my younger days it was one of those cars I aspired to own. And then it was discontinued and I grew up and it was almost forgotten about. Thank goodness Toyota brought back this sports car and added a modern spin and to it. Vince, did it make you feel young at heart?
Vince: It sure did. This is a low-profile sports car and anyone who says anything to the contrary isn’t being fair or reasonable to the Supra. It looks the part and acts the part. It works as both a highway cruiser or a country road carver.
Jimmy: There are two turbocharged engine options, including a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but thankfully Vince and I both got to experience the punchier 3.0-liter six-cylinder which is good for 382 horsepower.
Vince: Rear-wheel drive cars are always fun to drive and the Supra doesn’t disappoint. The eight-speed automatic transmission did its job and didn’t make me yearn for a manual transmission option. There are paddle shifters for those who want to take control.
Jimmy: When we say it’s a young person’s car we do mean you better have a young person’s back to endure the stiffer suspension. This is the case with the Supra for sure which as Vince said drives like a sports car and that also means you feel more of the road. The sport-styled seats absorb some of the road action, but it’s still a firm ride. Don’t forget the Supra shares a lot with BMW’s Z4.
Vince: Including the infotainment system which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although it was puzzling why there was no Android Auto available. An 8.8-inch digital cluster is right sized and also has available wireless charging. The touch commands are responsive and for those of us who are familiar and enjoy BMW’s system, this will feel quite familiar.
Jimmy: It’s a little hard to remember you’re in a Toyota at times, that’s for sure Vince. The rest of the interior continues our youthful theme. The two-seater has quality touchpoints and a sports-car vibe. Getting in and out of the Supra is a challenge for any of us with knee issues as this low-slung sports car surely made me feel my age exiting the car.
Vince: The EPA ratings for the Supra with the 3.0 are impressive with a rating of 22 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway. Even driving heavy footed, it’s easy to average 25 mpg. And for a sports car, that’s acceptable.
Jimmy: The Supra stands out from the rest of the Toyota family of vehicles, including Lexus, with the way it looks. Chalk that up to what it shares with the BMW Z4, which again isn’t a bad thing. The looks stand out and the styling is distinctive. Toyota gets criticized for being too conservative, but then gets criticized for sharing the Z4 styling with this Supra. I don’t think it’s fair to criticize it that way.
Vince: I agree and the looks certainly are attractive. The chiseled features are what cars lack these days. The profile lines flow well from front to back completing the sports car look. Is it a BMW or is a Toyota? That argument is irrelevant, it’s beautiful, fun-to-drive sports car.
Jimmy: I agree completely Vince. And old guys like us can appreciate feeling a little youthful too. The Supra certainly invokes that.
2022 Toyota Supra GR overview:
The standard MSRP for the Supra GR 3.0 Premium is $54,690. With the driver assist package and carbon fiber mirror caps to complete the look, the final price tag of the vehicle as tested is $57,915 which includes a destination fee. The Supra is built in Graz, Austria.