Car Review: The New Supra Hatchback Is Amazing | Business

If you’re looking for a set of almost exotic wheels that cost thousands less than a run-of-the-mill Ferrari – and get as much – then check out the reborn Supra. It’s a thrill to drive, there’s plenty of thrust and available engineering to keep you looking for more on the road or track.

It first debuted in 1978 as a Japanese sports car, then known as the Toyota Celica. The company pulled the plug in 2002 after four generations due to declining sales and poor fuel efficiency. Years later, a unique partnership with BMW took place, which brought new life to the fifth generation in mid-2019.

Pros: Wow factor, sleek cabin styling, great fuel economy

Cons: Tight quarters, challenging entry/exit, side/rear blind spots

The Supra is available in four trim levels: 2.0, 3.0, 3.0 Premium and the Supra A91 variant, with base prices of around $45-57,000 respectively. Our test car for the week was the mid-level 3.0 Premium, a subtle blend of the performance and safety equipment most consumers want.

This set of wheels is assembled at an Austrian BMW plant along with the bones and several parts of the BMW Z4 and costs thousands less than the Z4. What did you give?

A closer look reveals some subtle differences between the two. Simply put, BMWs are designed to perform better with finer tuning in the overall ride, steering and braking.

Despite the subtle engineering differences, we didn’t find the Supra lacking in performance and handling characteristics. Our tester showed off an inline 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder, with horsepower increasing by about 50 over last year’s re-entry model to 382.

An inline turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 255 hp is also available on both the Supra and the BMW.

Both the cars share an eight-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Our performance accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, putting it in line with the Porsche Cayman GTS, Audi TT, Alfa Romeo 4C and BMW M2.

The base model comes well equipped with 18-inch wheels, large center screen, lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. Climbing up the ladder, the 2.0 and 3.0 models include touchscreen, 12-speaker stereo, adaptive cruise, rear cross traffic alert and much-needed blind spot monitoring with adaptive suspension.

The two-seater has a large cargo area with two large sets of golf clubs for us or lots of groceries for the others. The Supra embraces the road whether in the default drive mode or in the Sport, though the latter delivered an exceptional punch on our road course.



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