Toyota Drove the New Supra Around Goodwood, Did We Learn Anything?

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
toyota drove the new supra around goodwood did we learn anything

While the returning Toyota Supra should be big news, the endless parade of teasers without any real information has left everyone feeling burned out. We previously announced that the vehicle would debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week. But Toyota later clarified that the car we would see wouldn’t be the production version and remain camouflaged, resulting in rage-induced nose bleeds at automotive-media outlets across the globe.

Our expectations couldn’t be lower but we still had to check and see if any new information could be gleaned from the event. We definitely got a better look at it but technical specifications remained elusive. We did learn a thing or two, though.

Seeing the Supra in its A90 camouflage still doesn’t give us a clear picture of what the production unit might look like. However watching it pivot on the track did give us some new angles. The car is curvier than pervious still images would have you believe and it seems to borrow more from the A80 than initially thought. Although, it is definitely not a throwback vehicle.

Toyota already confirmed the vehicle would use an inline-six, which we already knew since it’d be sharing it with BMW. But commentators noted its output figures, assumedly based on the specs given by the manufacturer. While still estimates, they claimed roughly 340 horsepower and a curb weight of around 3,300 lbs — Nissan 370Z territory.

Those numbers also matched unverified leaks from Toyota’s home office. Back in February, rumors emerged that the new Supra’s 3.0-liter straight-six would make 335 hp and the car would weigh 3,284 pounds.

The commentators noted “that is ordinary sports car stuff these days,” which we are inclined to agree with. It’s certainly not awful and it should result in an incredibly fun package, if Toyota’s suspension claims are to be believed. But it’s also not a major leap foreword over its predecessor.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jul 13, 2018

    Borrrrrrriiiiinnnggg. This is coolest thing to happen at Goodwood this year - a chase up the hill by an original Bullitt Mustang *and* an original Bullitt Charger.

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Jul 13, 2018

    Toyota with BMW engine! WHAT COULD GO WRONG?!?!?!

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    • Ernest Ernest on Jul 13, 2018

      @06M3S54B32 We're ignoring valvetronic failures, right? Correct comment would be "no one used to make a better inline 6 than BMW." Now they're about on their own, aren't they?