Inside the Toyota GR Supra 3.0L Pro
The interior is influenced by the layout of a single-seater racing car, and the result is heated black racing seats which offer a good level of side support thanks to their curvaceous profile and a very comfortable driving position. With the 3.0L Pro variant, the cabin, including the sporty three-spoke steering wheel, is dressed in soft-to-touch black leather as standard, as opposed to the 3.0L which has alcantara upholstery.
There’s plenty of equipment in the GR Supra, storage compartments, and an all-important USB socket at the top of the centre console. The main in-car systems interface, which sits just in your line of sight, is the rectangular high-definition 8.8-inch multimedia control screen which shows the satellite navigation and audio status, whilst doubling up as the screen for the very clear reversing camera.
The wireless charging tray, which lies behind the gear shifter, is a funky addition. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning also comes at no extra cost, likewise for the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
Overall, the cabin is well laid out, and there are of course parts which have been carried over from the Z4 that is instantly recognisable. On the steering wheel, there’s the familiar controls for the adaptive cruise control, plus the switches and buttons for the phone connectivity and the audio which is delivered in the 3.0L Pro via the crisp 12-speaker JBL premium system.
If you peer between the seats, you will get a view of what’s in the boot as there is no divider, so you just have to make sure that anything precious is kept out of sight of prying eyes.
On the subject of the boot, there are 290 litres of storage capacity available, which translates as a small weekend wheelie suitcase and few other small shopping-type bags.
We were only away for one night, so this was more than adequate, but had our stay been any longer, we would have struggled for room.
The Toyota GR supra delivers an engaging drive for its owners, and it’s without a doubt a lot of fun, which was particularly had on the back lanes of the North Yorkshire countryside. The car has a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.3 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph, so it doesn’t hang around – not bad for a car that tips the scales at 1,495 kg. In fact, the British tuner, Litchfield Motors, has already got hold of the car and upped the power to 420 hp and to 596 Nm of torque, so one would assume that they have got the initial sprint down to under four seconds.
When you first get behind the wheel and peer at the rearview mirror, visibility is not the greatest due to the sloping roofline, but this is merely a minor compromise, and there’s blind-spot monitoring on the door mirrors to help out. The GR Supra offers two driving modes in the form of Normal and Sport which are selected via the circular dial. Choosing Sport livens up the engine and opens up the exhaust for a meatier growl, whilst the gear changes and acceleration get quicker. At 70 mph you’ll, therefore, sit at 3,000 revs rather than 2,000 and the needle will move faster around the dial.
It’s an eight-speed automatic transmission in the GR Supra (there is currently no manual option) and the shifts felt slick enough – you soon get up to legal speed limits in the blink of an eye thanks to the powerful and smooth acceleration which is complemented by the subtle whistle of the turbo. However, if you want to move away from the said ratios, you can also have a go yourself by using the paddle shifts located behind the steering wheel.