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The legend returns

Toyota launches GR Supra

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The star of the original “The Fast and the Furious” movie, Gran Turismo video games, international drift competitions and favorite tuning car of the 90’s has been reborn and is now offered in the Philippines.

The all-new Toyota GR Supra is the flagship sports car of the marque and was unveiled in a launch event in Makati City attended by TMP’s premium customers and prospective clients, Toyota dealer management, and guests from the media.

The all-new Toyota GR Supra, otherwise known as the A90 or Mk. V, is the first-ever Toyota Supra to be retailed in the Philippines. Though it was never officially sold in the Philippines, Filipino car aficionados are no stranger to the previous Supra, thanks to appearances in movies like the Fast and Furious franchise, video games like Gran Turismo, and their dominance in grassroots motorsports and tuning culture. Following a 17-year hiatus, the legendary Supra makes a comeback in this fifth generation.

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The GR Supra is the first global Toyota Gazoo Racing (GR) model, from Toyota’s high performance division. It is the culmination of Toyota’s racing expertise, and infused with the enjoyment of grand tourer sports cars. During its development, the Supra was driven on a wide range of roads throughout the world, such as snow-covered paths in Northern Europe, the Autobahn in Germany, highways in the United States, and winding routes in Japan.  The result is careful tuning that emulates the racing spirit, allowing its drivers to experience the joy of driving even in everyday situations.

The Philippine GR Supra is powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 335 hp and 500 Nm of torque. True to traditional sports car design, the GR Supra is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that comes exclusively in 3.0L displacement and 8-speed automatic transmission. Both chassis and body frame are masterfully crafted to enjoy a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution, crucial in achieving optimum cornering performance.

The GR Supra is also armed with Adaptive Variable Suspension. Its front wheels are equipped with double-joint type MacPherson strut, while the rear wheels come with multi-link suspension. The Supra features a Limited Slip Differential and ventilated disc brakes. Its high body rigidity, low center of gravity, and aerodynamics all combine to give the driver ultimate driving speed and precision. As a testament to Gazoo Racing’s commitment to performance, the GR Supra was recently driven by none other than Toyota Motor Corporation President, Akio Toyoda in the world-renowned 24-hour endurance challenge at Nürburgring.

The model inherits key styling features from both the Supra A80 (1993) and the Toyota 2000 GT (1967). It features a double-bubble roof and expressive curves in the sheet metal. Set as low and wide as possible, the GR Supra has an athletic stance that evokes a dynamic look referred to by Toyota engineers as the “Condensed Extreme”. The silhouette profile is perfectly accentuated by 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, with custom made tires by Michelin.

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Inside the cockpit, the GR Supra comes purely in black, with muted carbon accents for an understated luxury feel. The Alcantara sports seats are equipped with lumbar support and eight-way power memory adjust, and the three-spoke leather steering wheel has both manual tilt and telescopic adjust for optimum ergonomics. The vehicle intuitively assists its driver in focusing on the road through an advanced Heads Up Display (HUD) plus responsive paddle shifters, complemented by 8.8-inch TFT-LCD multi information display gauge.

The center console features a dual-zone, push-type air conditioning system and an 8.8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with Bluetooth and USB connectivity that synergizes with its 12-speaker, high-fidelity surround sound system powered by JBL.

In Toyota, safety is always a priority especially for its high-speed performance models. As such, the GR Supra has seven SRS airbags, three-point pre-tensioner and force limiter seatbelts, as well as Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and an Anti-Lock Brake System.

Toyota Motors Philippines will make the model locally available through 16 of its certified Gazoo Racing (GR) Performance dealerships nationwide. The chosen dealers are equipped to provide aftersales care and service to its valued customers who will be purchasing the model.

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From left: Satoru Suzuki (foreground), Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) President; Kei Mizuguchi, TMP EVP; Dr. David Go, TMP SEVP; and Alfred Ty, TMP Vice Chairman.

“Bringing the legendary Supra here is something we have always wanted to do, and we are positive that there are countless Toyota fans out there who share the same enthusiasm,” said TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo. “The Supra, above and beyond, embodies Toyota’s pledge of making ever-better cars.”

The all-new Toyota GR Supra 3.0L starts at P4,990,000 (Prominence Red). It comes in eight striking colors: Prominence Red, Lightning Yellow, Deep Blue Metallic, White Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Gray Metallic, Black Metallic, and Matte Storm Gray. These other colors will be offered at P5,050,000  while Matte Storm Gray Metallic will be available for P5,090,000.

By Iñigo S. Roces

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