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New model Toyota: exclusive test drive

After 17-year hiatus, the Japanese have resurrected the sport coupe Supra. This is the first and only Toyota with the genes of the BMW.Cyril Mileshkin “Behind the wheel”

I was not the most appropriate person for this test. To motorsports and tuning I am absolutely indifferent. And — horror of horrors! — do not feel any awe of Ferrari, Lamborghini and especially before the dirt modified and “nadutyj” Japanese cars.

But Toyota Supra is not just a story about a fast ride. It’s a cult. And this fact is confirmed by the list of such cars on the secondary. Of the three dozen used PMPs in stock condition are available, only two. Over a 30‑year instances of asking for 600-800 thousand rubles. To a compartment in the latter body, produced from 1993 to 2002, not to approach without a million. Apogee — age Supra for seven million.

Supra is more than just a fast car. This is evidenced by its appearance in the first part of “fast and Furious”, which anyhow which machines do not take. And the owner of a new Supra should be sticking with her with all my heart.

A couple of years ago I would not believe in what I say now: Toyota Supra looks more interesting than the BMW Z4. That means due attention to the design! After all, the fresh Camry, I am sure, desired by many of those on mournful machines of past generations did not even look.A couple of years ago I would not believe in what I say now: Toyota Supra looks more interesting than the BMW Z4. That means due attention to the design! After all, the fresh Camry, I am sure, desired by many of those on mournful machines of past generations did not even look.

Toyota Supra

Length / width / height / base 4379 / 1854 / 1292 / 2470 mmtrunk Volume (VDA) 290 lCurb weight 1495 kgEngine diesel, P6, 24 valve, 2998 cm3; 250 kW/340 HP at 5000-6500 rpm. 500 N·m at 1600-4500 rpmacceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.3 withthe Maximum speed of 250 km/hFuel / fuel : AI-95 / 52 lfuel Consumption: combined cycle of 7.5 l/100 kmDriveline rear-wheel drive; A8

The flags in the box

The fans and the flag in his hands: test-drive the latest Supra in the body of the A90 began on the racetrack, “Jarama”, which is near Madrid. From 1968 to 1981 he took the Grand Prix of Spain of Formula 1, and in 1979, Gilles Villeneuve established not beaten to this day the lap record: 1 minute 16,44 seconds.

The track was prepared for departure are not familiar with it, but loving press on the gas the drivers. Each turn has placed cones — label path, and a pair of satechnik places noted the starting point of braking. Didn’t help: the day before our arrival a couple of cars slammed colleagues from the UK. I’m sitting in a study circle on the right of the instructor, trying to memorize the speed (on the speedometer) before each turn. I do not want to pass those five or six laps, that fell to my share, without revealing the potential of the Supra.

The interior is borrowed from BMW essentially unchanged. Control unit “climate” and the Central display from Toyota easier. Hardware on the Central tunnel is the same, including the joystick gear box and washer system iDrive. The few differences is the emblem on the steering wheel and original dash. By the way, I liked it much more than Bavarian with awkward graphics scales and a riot of lines.The interior is borrowed from BMW essentially unchanged. Control unit “climate” and the Central display from Toyota easier. Hardware on the Central tunnel is the same, including the joystick gear box and washer system iDrive. The few differences is the emblem on the steering wheel and original dash. By the way, I liked it much more than Bavarian with awkward graphics scales and a riot of lines.

Don’t understand how you can “get out” on this machine? Tyres Michelin Pilot Super Sport with a width of 255 mm front and 275 mm rear Toyota clings to the asphalt to last, not complaining about the rhythm not a single peep. Understeer — excess, regardless of the treatment with the gas pedal. Velocity of the car is excellent, but still not a car to completely miss the turn.

Brakes, too, with “civilian” settings. Deceleration is dosed very transparent and accurate, but prohibitively overloads do not wait. It must be borne in mind for those planning to regularly go to the track. Test day on the road was 20 degrees Celsius, we drove a little bit, so the question of resistance to overheating remains open.

For the safety net provided by the system of compensation of the braking force in case of overheating of mechanisms (electronics increases the pressure in the braking system). In front are four-brakes, rear — single-piston.

By default, 8-speed automatic ZF 8HP51 put the petals shift gears on the steering wheel. When skills do not allow to blame the track in full combat mode, meaning their use is not. In sportbike box itself knows how to best realize the capabilities of the 340‑strong motor.

By the end of the start-finish straight my Supra went on the mark “220 km/h.” I’m sure a professional racer speedometer needle easily rested would be limited electronically to 250 km/h And again without manual stimulation of the box.

FORMER GLORY

The first two generations of the Supra name was merely a “prefix” to the main model name Toyota Celica. And if the usual Salici put a row of the “Quartet”, the Group relied exclusively six-cylinder engines.

From the first generation in the list of options was listed in automatic transmission. The second came turbocharged engine; 2-litre, it was weaker than the atmospheric units 2.8.

“Third” and “fourth” Supra have become fully independent. They gradually conquered the frontiers of capacity of 200, 280 and 330 HP, simultaneously becoming the most iconic in the environment of street racing with cars that are held in high esteem today.

1978-1981. Toyota Celica Supra A40/A50. 2,0–2,8 l, 112-125 HP 1978–1981. Toyota Celica Supra A40/A50. 2,0–2,8 l, 112-125 HP

1981-1986. Toyota Celica Supra A60. 2,0–2,8 l, 127-181 HP 1981–1986. Toyota Celica Supra A60. 2,0–2,8 l, 127-181 HP

1986-1993. Toyota Supra A70. 2,0–3,0 l, 162-280 L. S. 1986–1993. Toyota Supra A70. 2,0–3,0 l, 162-280 HP

1993-2002. Toyota Supra A80. 3.0 l, 280-330 HP from 1993 to 2002. Toyota Supra A80. 3.0 l, 280-330 HP.

Treason

Throw portrait Supra previous generation: row “six”, 3 liters of working volume in the atmospheric or dohadeva performance, rear-wheel-drive Japanese machinery and manufacturing. The new machine conceptually copies the same: the same working volume and a classic layout. Only the engine now borrowed from the BMW box is from ZF, and the Assembly established in Graz in Austria, in line with the BMW Z4.

Therefore, the performance of the speakers, I prepared to listen with half an ear. Now in order to deny the obvious: the borrowing of units, collaboration and things like that. Apparently, in the view of marketers it drops the prestige of the brand.

The backs of the seats no complaints. Especially driving, which is further subject to the expansion rollers of lateral support. But the pillow did not like. I should add one of two options — tilt adjustment to bring it back a bit, or sliding a cushion under your knees, there are German cars.The backs of the seats no complaints. Especially driving, which is further subject to the expansion rollers of lateral support. But the pillow did not like. I should add one of two options — tilt adjustment to bring it back a bit, or sliding a cushion under your knees, there are German cars.

However, the name BMW sounded almost on a par with Toyota! Yes, took the German powerplant. Yes, the Supra shares a platform with the BMW Z4 Roadster. But the German interior altered to a minimum extent. All of the above is the perfect concept of the original Supra, and the features are great — so why be shy?

And the reasons for cooperation spoke openly. Today’s reality is that fashion model by definition is unprofitable. In the fierce competition to cover the costs have a profit from the sale of massive machines. Extravagance can not afford even the largest and most successful automakers. Therefore, BMW and Toyota decided to make friends. The Bavarians have something to pamper buyers (“emka”, the eighth series), what can be said about the Toyota, but it made a few years ago, a course on the rejuvenation of its clientele requires to have a car.

BMW has provided a platform and components, Toyota invested money and own brought quality running Supra. Z4 for me to travel was not possible, so to compare the Japanese with the German temperament does not work. Supra also left the impression of a machine, perfectly adapted to your daily commute. Even in the city, if not confused appetite “turboshesterki” (almost three and a half hundreds of forces) in the mirror mode: about 14 l/100 km with active drive.

COME ON OUT TO FIGHT!

Direct competitors on the Russian market Toyota Supra, consider yourself deprived. Audi — all-wheel drive, Mercedes grafted soft walking character, the Lexus RC is either much weaker (245 HP) or significantly higher (477 HP).

Remain related to BMW. “Twin” Z4 worth of 3.24 million rubles, but this price is for two liters and 197 forces. With the “six” in 340 HP choice serve 4,84 million. M240i BMW coupé with the same engine is estimated at 3.01 million. Though not as flashy, but practical: the roof rail, and four seats. Pay 140 thousand rubles, you can order all-wheel drive. For of 5.08 million, the dealers give BMW M2 Competition, which is the engine of 410 HP.

Supra was estimated at 5 534 000. Package one — all inclusive. From the Russian quota of 22 cars, three will be even more expensive. They belong to limited series: red interior, black wheels and matte gray body. Their price at the time of submission is yet unknown.

BMW Z4BMW Z4

BMW M240iBMW M240i

We’ll head for the open spaces

On the track “Jarama” I purposely clipped a few curbs. The balance of cool, with no excessive roll or furious stiffness. On public roads the first impression was confirmed: Supra calmly digest “bumps”, not plagued by a stream of all cracks on the road. Except for the steering wheel in sport mode there is a slight shudder from the grainy asphalt. But it is necessary to switch to “standard”, and she disappears.

By the way, of driving modes at the Supra only two — neither economical nor extreme sports are not provided. Key between the seats will make a sharper response to the accelerator is pressed will make the box longer to hold each gear a little will tighten the operation of the dampers and change the algorithm a locking rear differential.

Changes in the steering I didn’t notice. In both modes it gives cool feedback, instead of having to get used to the car. But the plastic on the spokes steering similar to a model completely smooth plastic that is used on the prototypes. Perhaps, for Toyota rustic.

It is believed that the best terms of handling the ratio of wheelbase to track width wheels from 1.5 to 1.6. From Supra the Golden mean: 1,55. Snub-up integrated spoiler in the tailgate visually continues the line of the side bumper diffusers.It is believed that the best terms of handling the ratio of wheelbase to track width wheels from 1.5 to 1.6. From Supra the Golden mean: 1,55. Snub-up integrated spoiler in the tailgate visually continues the line of the side bumper diffusers.

The boot capacity for Luggage of two people is more than enough. From the interior of the cargo compartment is not separated. And rightly so: in the absence of rear seats and no pockets needed to create a place for small things. Not to climb each time behind them in the trunk.The boot capacity for Luggage of two people is more than enough. From the interior of the cargo compartment is not separated. And rightly so: in the absence of rear seats and no pockets needed to create a place for small things. Not to climb each time behind them in the trunk.

On the highway with a Supra boring. Even given the fact that the Spaniards did not hesitate to go faster for a few tens of kilometers per hour above the allowed one hundred and twenty. Voice type of issue sounds a lot nicer in transient regimes. In addition, dvuhdverka is well able to compensate for the speed and seems to barely go under the monotonous song of the motor.

The outline of the letter S in the model name is a reference to one of the turns of the track “Nurburgring”, where he brought the habits of the Supra.The outline of the letter S in the model name is a reference to one of the turns of the track “Nurburgring”, where he brought the habits of the Supra.

Rural odnogolosyj more fun: every overtaking is a joy. Engine “rides” throughout the Rev range, and after 5000 rpm it becomes even more cheerful. Covered my route the rain added a bit of spice. When starting on wet pavement, the Supra started out as an eager puppy before the game, wagging his tail. Skid quickly and gently nipped stabilization system can be switched off.

But the true thrill of being caught on streamers. That’s where the pleasure to play with paddles, upsetting the car engine before the next turn and leaving it at maximum thrust! The Spaniards do not mind to party, but I probably stood out even in their background. How to keep within the limits when the commanded one and a half tons of pure charisma?

Driving through the rare village, I was ready to be the center of attention of local residents. Still, not every day through their village with a bass growl sneaks flashy coupe. Looked only people over thirty, and sometimes much older. Young people are not distracted from their smartphones. Lost generation, for which values associated with the name of Toyota Supra, nothing. Although, it will probably be easier to sell Japanese street racing legend with the guts from a BMW to them. As a minimum, because they will not ask awkward questions about what happened to the legendary 2JZ motor and what is “wrong” В58 is under the hood.

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For this test I was the wrong person. But the Supra on the Spanish asphalt managed to find the key to my heart. I have no doubt that the Russian quota for this year, 22 cars will fly faster than the first batch of iPhones. And, damn it, the German genetics: she gave the car great character. Today, in order to financially pull the image model, even prosperous giants need to sell your soul to Satan. Toyota and BMW have found in each other the right buyers.

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New model Toyota: exclusive test drive

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New model Toyota: exclusive test drive

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