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blog large image - Toyota has designed the all-new GR Supra as a pure sports car

Toyota has designed the all-new GR Supra as a pure sports car

As a front-engine, rear-drive two-door sports coupe, the Supra' s visual appeal lies in the classic shape evoked by its long bonnet, compact swept back cabin and low beltline.

It's a design that not only makes reference to Toyota sports car heritage - such as the double bubble roof that appeared on the 1967 2000GT - but has been created specifically with the aerodynamic requirements and balance needed for high performance driving on the road and racetrack.

Underpinning its sports performance is a chassis that measures 2470mm in the wheelbase with wide front and rear tracks of 1594mm and 1589mm respectively1.

These dimensions have been specified to deliver what Toyota refers to as the "golden ratio" between wheelbase and width to provide superb responsiveness, stability and agile handling.

Overall length of the GR Supra stretches to 4379mm, with the car measuring 1854mm wide and just 1292mm in height1.

To deliver such a low overall height, and subsequently the low centre-of-gravity necessary for true sports performance, Toyota dropped the running ground clearance1 below its usual standard minimum of 130mm to just 119mm.

The car's design offers far more than aesthetic appeal though with its packaging providing a perfect 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and sleek bodywork optimised to reduce lift and deliver a low drag co-efficient.

Underneath, the engine, fuel tank and rear axle are fully covered while a number of fins, spats and undercovers along with side skirts help regulate airflow for better aerodynamic performance and straight-line stability at high speeds.

In addition to its aerodynamic properties, the body and structure of the GR Supra was designed to be both highly rigid and lightweight through the use of a combination of aluminium and high-strength steel. In fact, the torsional rigidity betters that of the ultra-high performance LFA supercar that was built on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis.

Tipping the scales at just 1495kg2, the Supra features an aluminium bonnet, doors and wheel arches, while the rear hatch is made from a composite of polypropylene and fibreglass.

Both the 18-inch machined alloys for the Supra GT and 19-inch forged alloys, standard on the Supra GTS, are fitted with low profile Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres that were specifically tuned for Supra and feature a bespoke compound to offer outstanding grip.

The Supra GT wears 255/40 ZR18 rubber on the front and 275/40 ZR18 tyres on the rear with the GTS using a lower aspect ratio tyre with 255/35ZR19 and 275/35ZR19s on the front and rear respectively.

The new Supra is offered in a choice of seven standard colours3, plus an optional matte grey for the GTS. These colours are all named after iconic racetracks to reflect its development by Toyota GAZOO Racing.

The names were chosen by Toyota Australia employees and include Fuji White, Suzuka Silver, Goodwood Grey, Monza Red, Silverstone Yellow, Le Mans Blue, Bathurst Black and Nurburg Matte Grey.

1 Dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances, accessory fitment and weight carried.
2 Weights/mass/volumes/dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances, and should be confirmed before fitting any accessories, towing or otherwise relying on this value.
3 Toyota Australia reserves the right to vary or discontinue the current interior and exterior colours, trims and colour/trim/model combinations.