Chris Harris Doesn’t Like New Supra, Says It’s Too German For Its Own Good

Top Gear presenter Chris Harris took place in front of the camera again, for the Extra Gear, to try out the new-gen Toyota Supra, which he wasn’t really fond of.

Monkey, who has driven countless cars over the years, including the old Supra, said the new one doesn’t really make sense. Everything inside says BMW, from the sounds it makes to how it drives. Even the smell is familiar, and that’s okay only for anyone who hasn’t driven a BMW.

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Harris went as far as to say that the Supra feels like going to Oktober Fest in a kimono. So, pretty much a German dressed in Japanese clothes that tries to hide its identity. That would’ve worked if it was a Corolla, but not the brand’s halo sports car. He goes on to compare it to other sporty models from the Land of the Rising Sun, concluding that the Supra doesn’t really fall in the same pit as them.

On a more positive note, the motoring journalist admitted that it has a very tune-able engine, and he has no doubt that enthusiasts will eventually do great things with it. But we’ll have to be patient to see if it will live up to the hype created by the 2JZ.

The video ends with Harris’ favorite sports car of the moment. He was asked whether he’d have the Supra/Z4, BMW M2 Competition, Porsche Cayman GTS or Alpine A110. And his favorite of the whole bunch is… on a second thought, let’s scroll down and see which one he’d have in a heartbeat.


  • Six_Tymes

    and its ugly. sorry to all the fans, but Toyota blew it with this car. only the SUPRA logos look good. (same as previous)

    • Enter Ranting

      ALL Toyotas are ugly. They massively overreacted to the criticism that their cars had dull styling by designing clown cars.

  • Bash

    Yes what he said is correct and he is absolutely right and his words are true.


    first toyota with german engineering

    • Matt

      Not quite…

    • Krisnadi Imam

      they have lots of toyota with daihatsu engineering, some with yamaha engineering, some with suzuki even and one with subaru engineering… i think toyota has become so rich they can just pay someone to engineer a car for them… i wont be surprised if one day we have a Toyota slapping a badge on a Ferrari or a Bentley. Money talks dude.

    • Discus

      Made in Austria

  • Owen Hamilton

    The car doesn’t look or seem sporty enough to me to be a Supra, they should have called this the Celica and put a 2.0 litre engine in it then made the new hyper car that’s coming out in the next few years the Supra.

    • Bo Hanan

      Agreed! And there is a 2.0T car in Europe that the USA will likely not get.

      • Discus

        And Toyota even suggested to buy that and swap engine with a 2JZ.

  • salamOOn

    cabin is all bmw… that alone is enough for me.

  • robotlogic

    Simply put, the Supra is re-bodied Z4. For all the fan boi’s that don’t want to believe that I’m sorry that reality is harshing your mellow.

    • FlameWater

      What exactly is the problem with a German made Supra?

      • Enter Ranting

        It’s pointless. And also hideous.

      • robotlogic

        Because It’s NOT a Supra! It’s a BMW Z4. If I put a El Camino badge on a Kia Soul does that make it an El Camino??

        • FlameWater

          Ya because all Toyota did with the Z4 platform was a put on a Supra badge? They didn’t design or tune anything. The car just became magically faster than the Z4 because a Supra badge adds 50hp.

  • Mr. EP9

    Well, what did he think the GR in Supra stood for, Gazoo Racing? Nah, it’s German Rebody. I mean, you can’t get more German when you’re built in Austria.

  • getoffme

    The irony is that BMW wouldn’t have made a new gen Z4 without Toyota in the project. Say all you want about the Supra not being a true Toyota but it exist nonetheless. Just be thankful it does.

    • Discus

      That’s what people like you end up believing. No way BMW would have left Mercedes play alone in this niche. The Z4 could have easily been built on its on in GERMANY by sharing its RWD with the just superseded 1 Series. Afterall, Zupra and Z4 use that car’s B58 engine and ZF transmission (and it even had a manual!). BMW saw a commercial opportunity to share costs and greedly went to bad with Toyota. Toyota too had all the money to do Supra sharing parts with Lexus. Afterall, Nissan can and does produced the Z on its own. So you’re just a fool that believes anything the PR machine says.

      • getoffme

        I doubt you would pay $100k for a Toyota. The broader picture is that Toyota does not make an inline 6 cylinder engine anymore AND a chassis for the Supra. Do you have any idea how much that would cost them to make that? Plus this car is a LOW volume product. You would whine even more.

        • Discus

          Sorry, but you’re more clueless than first imagined. Toyota has done million dollar cars like the TS020 and Lexus LF-A or how about Century and Land Cruiser both over $100,000? But you want a sportscar related response? Toyota could have, and should have, done chassis and engine with Lexus (say RC). Afterall, did anyone question Honda with it’s new supercar NS-X or Nissan with its GT-R? Both over $100,000 and nobody whining about either.

          • getoffme

            Are any of those you mentioned high volume consumer products? Exactly. Be gone.

            “did anyone question Honda with it’s new supercar NS-X or Nissan with its GT-R? Both over $100,000 and nobody whining about either”

            LOL, no explanations needed. Done with you.

          • Discus

            Not sure what your point is, other than being a keyboard haemmorhoid, too obtuse intellectually. Lots of standard production models listed above 🙂 I guess you consider $100k too much, so I hope you fare well in life, given that your online persona isn’t a promising sign.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I’d take Alpine as well.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s so gaudy, and flamboyantly ugly for absolutely no reason. As if the bodywork was designed in protest for having to be bolted onto the frame of a competitor.

  • Bo Hanan

    And this is why Chris Harris is the man!

  • SteersUright

    Wish we could get the Alpine here at a reasonable price. Isn’t Renault going to sell cars here? Can’t they just bring it?

  • ThatGuy

    If i look at it this is a good looking car.
    Think of it this way the front bumper and rear diffuser, if more sedate would make this car look better.
    Right now its way to overly aggressive. And no saying the from scoops……. for better intake when tuned does not mean better design….below

    All in all if tweeked will look much better made a bit more dull.

    • Discus

      You forgot to mention the fake vents

      • ThatGuy

        Thanks Discus good catch there

  • Greg Gliszczynski

    Like I said before, Toyota can’t make sports car to save their life. Just like the 24 hours of Leman’s, lose, lose, lose!

  • Steel Punk

    He isn’t wrong. It’s a good sports car still. Just don’t think it’s a real Supra.

    • Discus

      Have you driven it? It’s soft

      • Steel Punk

        I haven’t. I meant on paper. Low center of gravity RWD coupe, turbo inline-6. It just needs a 6-speed and it could be a classic.

  • KAG25

    The interior, stick a Toyota logo on the steering wheel, and done

  • He’s right. If I wanted to buy a BMW I would.. This thing is NOT a Supra in my book. The real Supra could have been easily built based off the Lexus LF-A or even still the Lexus RC that’s a Supra in my opinion

    • Bo Hanan

      The RCF platform was heavy because of the V8 engine. a 3.0TT would have lightened it up.

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