New-Age 2019 Toyota Supra Prototype Impresses In First Review

Toyota has perhaps never been under more pressure to deliver a thrilling sports car than it is now. From the moment an all-new Supra was announced, the world has been eagerly waiting for the vehicle’s arrival and remaining hopeful that it will live up to its iconic predecessor.

While the new Supra’s launch is still some time away, a select bunch of journalists were recently invited to Spain to test out a fleet of Supra prototypes. This review from Autocar indicates that the car will be worth the wait.

The Supra prototype driven in this review was outfitted with a single-turbo 3.0-liter B58B30 engine shared with BMW. While Toyota hasn’t released power figures, the engine is thought to produce roughly 335 hp. Coupled to the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.

Free of any hybrid trickery, this engine clearly sounds the part, especially when the car’s Sport mode is switched on. The new Supra doesn’t seem to be a car dominated by its engine either, as the four-piston Brembo brakes work well, the gearbox is seamless, the suspension is smooth, and there’s a blissful, inherent balance to the way the Supra goes around corners.

Perhaps the biggest gripe enthusiasts may have about the new Supra is that it is unlikely to be offered with a manual transmission. While we’re holding out a little bit of hope of seeing a stick-shift, it appears extremely unlikely.

Another unknown about the new Supra is its weight. The reviewer in this video says it feels like it weighs roughly 1500 kg (3300 lbs). That may be a little too much for some but in the scheme of things, it is entirely reasonable.

 

  • xDRAN0x

    I could use one for dd.

    • Christian

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      • xDRAN0x

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        • Christian

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  • LJ

    Even in camo, the car just looks dated, like the BRZ and 86 did when they came out.

    • 101st ABN

      Just give me a 370z and save 30 or 40 grand.

      • Honda NSX-R

        370Z is underrated

        • SteersUright

          Is it though? Its antiquated and hideous inside, seems to disappoint in nearly every performance review, and isnt very good looking. It is kinda inexepensive-ish though.

          • Honda NSX-R

            Has it aged? Yes. Are there much better performance cars you can get for the same money? Perhaps. Styling? Well, styling is of course subjective. Sure it’s not perfect, but when I realize that it’s the last N/A RWD manual sportscar with 300+ hp from Japan, then it might just be underrated, or underappreciated. I see why people don’t like it though, but the previous sentence I just wrote makes me believe why it’s underappreciated/underrated.

          • serge charles

            Don’t forget it revs to 7400 RPM and is bullet proof.

          • Honda NSX-R

            This. And it has pretty good aftermarket support

          • Finkployd

            Thank you

    • SteersUright

      And, in the video it seems like it will suffer from Camaro-like visibility.

  • ErnieB

    Might drive like heaven but it still looks dated.. maybe when they take off the camo?

    • ksegg

      Not sure what you’re talking about regarding the camo?

      The “new” Supra is also only available with “Prototype Shimney-Cricket Metallic”, which took them 20 years to develop. Even though you can see it in the pics above, they’re not going to release it for another 20 years, because it’s suppose to be a secret.

      According to my sources, the new Supra is also not going to be on sale to the public, but set for a 50 year “Inside Look” tour.

      Look forward to thousands more articles for this new future release in 2150, when Jesus comes back.

      • ErnieB

        Lmao

      • Finkployd

        A reliable source for once

  • panda-R

    dated is the new cool. What else do you guys want? big wings and hood scoops? is that modern? I don’t know I only own cars that are like 10 years or older when they were actually cars.

  • botornot387

    I like the way those headlights are looking. Excited to see what this will turn out to be. Looking like a solid effort by Toyota.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Seems that every time an article appears about the next Supra, production is “about a year away”.

  • DM

    Where do I sign?

  • gregory cassanova

    hold on….did he say the car is still 9 MONTHS AWAY FROM PRODUCTION?!

    • SteersUright

      lol

  • JimmyK

    Supra with a BMW engine…
    Sorry, but I’ll pass…

    • SteersUright

      If at least they could do some major tuning on the intake and exhaust, and eck out some kind of sexy sound from that mill.

      • JimmyK

        Nothing will save it.It’s gonna flop badly.The youngsters who may like it they can not afford it and the older ones(who can actually afford it), that are aware of its history, they dislike it.It’s not an Avalon or a Camry or a RAV4 we are talking about here.Its the Supra….

  • Mr. EP9

    Oh, god make it already or go away. And why review a prototype? Wait for the production car to come out then review it.

  • SteersUright

    Please tell me what about the new Supra is truly Japanese outside of the ridiculous design? It sounds like any modern BMW, shifts like a BMW ZF auto (cant believe there’s no dual clutch!), apparently drives a bit too civilized, and like all BMW’s, probably has little steering feel and wears those awful runflats too.
    Im interested in this new BMW Supra if only because it might ring in a bit cheaper than a Cayman S, Stingray Z51, or its other rivals. I doubt it’ll be as good a sports car as either of those though. If you haven’t driven a Cayman S, it just feels alive in your hands, like a mech suit you wear to enhance your own abilities. I haven’t drive much like that outside of perhaps the latest Miata.

    • Finkployd

      …ok

  • Bash

    Yawn.

  • Larry Qualls

    Not the response i was expecting from a journalist. He didn’t seem at all that excited about what is the most anticipated vehicle in a while. Doesn’t seem special…. And i see that hard, black, shiny plastic on the dash!

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