absolutely AUTO REVIEW | By Steve Kursar –
The 2022 Toyota GR Supra is a fast, two-seater sports car with an unique exterior designed to stand out in a crowd. Launched in model year 2020, this fifth-generation Supra is Toyota’s attempt to revive a nameplate that many older drivers remember with great fondness. If you loved driving the early Supras, you’re probably going to really love driving the newest one.
The very first Supra appeared on the floors of Toyota dealerships back in the late 1970s. Designed to take on the very popular Datsun (now called Nissan) Z-cars, the Supras caught on with buyers looking for a real Toyota sports car. Although relatively slow by today’s standards, the Supra quickly gained a loyal following. It’s not unusual to occasionally spot a vintage Supra cruising down a Houston highway.
A base 2022 Toyota GR Supra brings a $43,190 MSRP price tag. There are three trims offered, each delivering more performance than the last. The base Supra has a 255 hp, 2.0 liter turbocharged in-line four cylinder engine under the hood. Mated to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the Supra 2.0 delivers EPA estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Supra is such a small and light car that even the base 2.0 liter engine feels awfully peppy.
The Supra 3.0 comes with a 382 hp, 3.0 liter turbocharged in-line six cylinder engine under its hood. Also equipped with the eight-speed transmission, the more powerful Supra will get you 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. It’s about $8,000 more than the 2.0 liter and it’s a big step up in performance.
New for 2022 is the GR Supra A91-CF (Carbon Fiber) Edition. The A91-CF is designed to give the feel of a street legal race car with carbon fiber accents and a duckbill spoiler.
The production run is limited to only 600 vehicles and the entire allocation will probably be sold by the time you read this.
The Supra is a true two-seater with a cramped cockpit, so if you might be claustrophobic, this is not the car for you. Also, the roofline is so low that you have to be careful not to bang your head. But, once inside, the ride can only be described as exhilarating. This is a car that wants to move fast, so just get in and enjoy the drive.