The 2022 Toyota GR Supra has a unique history beginning over forty years ago. When the Toyota Supra arrived for the 1979 model year, it was apparent that it had lofty ambitions to compete with the performance-oriented American brands which had dominated the previous two decades. Stylish, sleek, and built for those thirsty for horsepower, the Supra had an excellent run throughout the 1980s as one of the best sports cars that competed directly with similar offerings from Nissan and Mazda.
The Supra ceased production in 1998 and was Relaunched in 2019. The Supra’s return to prominence has been a welcomed comeback and proof that you just can’t keep high-performance out of the spotlight for too long. The 2022 Toyota GR Supra is a poised and posh automobile built to compete with high-end offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Toyota has once again made it quite clear that it can accomplish anything it sets its collective minds to.
If you turn back the pages of history, you’ll find that the first incarnation of the Toyota Supra came equipped with a punchy inline six-cylinder engine. Years later, the Supra is once again firing on six cylinders. The 2022 Toyota GR Supra offers two unique powertrains that certainly emphasize power and elevate the car's performance above many of its competitors.
Standard with this most sporty of automobiles is a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0 inline four-cylinder that belts out an impressive 255 hp while generating 295 lb-ft of torque. Remarkably enough, despite being an RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) vehicle geared for performance, the fuel consumption on the four-cylinder is relatively conservative, with a combined MPG (miles per gallon) of 28. Broken down, this means a fuel economy of 25 MPG while driving in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.
For those who are starved for performance and hungry for horsepower, the Supra has a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder that’s built for speed. While the inline six-cylinder was commonplace on the Supras of yesteryear, Toyota’s new six-cylinder is slightly more powerful. An output of 382 hp with the ability to generate a whopping 368 lb-ft of torque leaves many competing vehicles far behind. While both models have a top speed of 155, the inline-six goes from 0 to 60 MPH in a mere 3.9 seconds, compared to the inline-four reaching the same speed in 5 seconds flat.
Both engines are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. For those who were hoping for a chance to have their LeMans fantasies come true, fear not. Paddle shifters and manual mode are included, so you have the option for complete control over your cruising. No matter which powertrain you decide upon, Toyota has pulled out all the stops to make sure your Supra experience is unlike any other.
Throughout its first lifetime, the Supra went through quite a few stylistic changes. The basic concept of it being Toyota’s answer to the “pony car” was always visible and consistent, even as the various styles of automobiles changed drastically across the entirety of the industry. Since its relaunch in 2019, the Supra has been true to its sports car ideals while attaining some much-appreciated curves to enhance its exterior aesthetic. Its elevated trunk with an attached spoiler is one of the visual highlights of the new design and brings the car into the 21st century with a stylistic flair.
If the exterior of the vehicle is suave and sophisticated, then the interior is regal, refined, and above all else, a sight for the eyes to behold. Modeled much more like a European roadster than the sports coupe it once was, the Supra’s interior is everything you’d hoped it would be. The cockpit is designed with the performance-oriented driver in mind, and anyone who’s wanted the feeling of sitting behind a Porsche 911 will have that same feeling, and may we add, for a much more inexpensive price.
Centering the stylistic interior is the Supra’s infotainment screen. An 8.8” multimedia center compatible with Apple CarPlay and Sirius XM makes for a commute with plenty of options when it comes to listening. Drowning out the worries and stresses of the world is made easier than ever with three different stereo systems, each one more potent than the last. For the introductory trim, a 4-speaker system is standard, with the next level getting a slightly updated piece of equipment in the form of a 205-watt 10-speaker hi-fi system. Depending on much of an audiophile you may be, the top-tier trim line offers the mother of all stereos (though it’s also available on all levels of trim): a JVC 12-speaker stereo with 500 watts of power is enough to wake the dead, or at least the neighbors whenever you pass by.
The sound and fury of technology aside, Toyota also places a considerable amount of focus on comfort. Two types of leather-trimmed seats make for a comfortable experience and elevate the Supra to a luxurious level normally reserved for its European competitors. Dual-zone climate control is standard across all levels of trim, which will give you a leg up on the weather conditions that can hinder enjoyment. With a one-two punch of performance and style, Toyota continues to give you everything you want.
With the bases of the Supra’s high octane performance and refined style touched upon, we now arrive at what’s arguably the most impressive feat that Toyota has done with their redesigned roadster: its safety. While some manufacturers have opted to put a glass ceiling on the safety features they offer their customers; you won’t see the same practice from Toyota. Not holding anything back from those who purchase a Supra, Toyota makes a wide variety of safety and driving assistance features standard on every trim line. That’s right, EVERY trim line across the board is offered the same excellence in protection for absolute peace of mind.
Standard on the Supra is an array of features such as collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Rearview camera and braking assist are also included, as well as traction control and hill start assist. Also available is Toyota’s Safety Package, which includes advanced features such as dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Toyota’s competitive approach to safety is impressive, especially when it comes to their offering front and rear crash detection at low speeds, which is a step above the 2022 Ford Mustang GT, which only offers it as a frontal option.
One of Toyota’s most interesting standard safety features has less to do with driving and a more added layer of protection for when you’re outside of your vehicle. This feature allows visibility in the dark when you step outside the vehicle. There’s a great deal that can happen in the dark: this makes sure that you have a light to see when there might not be any. A similar feature is the “follow me home” headlights. This provides light when you’re traveling a short distance from your vehicle to your front door. While it might only take a few steps to get there, the past few years have shown us that a lot can change in an instant.
While keeping drivers safe when they’re on and off the road should never be a competitive sport by any means, one can’t help but be impressed by Toyota’s tireless devotion to their clientele. The fact that so much comes standard and very little is available speaks to the dedication of the manufacturer.
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