The Return Of The Legend

Toyota Supra.

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It has taken 17 long years but an icon of Japanese motoring has finally made its long-awaited comeback. The Supra is back, ladies and gentlemen.

Most of you probably know the Supra as the car that the late Paul Walker drove in the first Fast and Furious film. But it was also a hero of the gaming scene, making numerous appearances in games such as Gran Turismo, Initial D, Need for Speed, and many more.

Developing a brand new sports car is a financially perilous undertaking, especially in today’s world where everyone seems to want an SUV. So to reduce costs and risks, the Supra was developed with BMW, which explains why the Supra and BMW’s new Z4 have so much in common.

The Supra will be fast. Power comes from a 3-liter turbocharged straight-six that develops 340hp and 500nm of torque. This is sent directly to the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox (no dual-clutch here). A limited-slip diff comes as standard and Toyota claims 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Now that Toyota has brought back the Supra and the NSX was resurrected earlier by Honda, we can only hope that other Japanese automakers will follow suit. The world could really use a new RX-7.

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