For over a decade since 9tro was first introduced in 2009, we have been reviewing and test driving new cars from all around the world, but these are troubled times (Covid-19 Coronavirus) and for the past couple of months, we have been unable to do so. Thankfully, we live in an age where digital and virtual technology has transcended beyond our wildest dreams. Meet the Supra line-up on Gran Turismo ® Sport!
The world’s first ever Supra was introduced back in the late 1970s. Excluding the complexities surrounding its badge and similar variants of sports cars built by Toyota, such as the Celica, Soarer and Lexus SC, the legacy and cult-following of the Supra thrived well into the 21st century.
While it took over 17 years (three generations in automotive language), tagged with a fair amount of secrecy and controversy, the fifth generation Supra was finally unveiled to the world in early 2019.
Many have misunderstood and unfairly criticized the new Supra (A90 or J29) for not being a true Toyota, given its collaboration with BMW and being based on the new Z4. However, while I have yet to test drive the various variants of both the Supra and the Z4, I have in good authority from many fellow journalists from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Germany who have test drove the cars side-by-side, on the streets and on the race track, that the entire experience and performance of the two are entirely different. Simply put, think of the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, Audi Q8, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. To accuse them of being the same, just because of their co-development and sharing of many components, would be unfair and highly inaccurate.
Nevertheless, it is precisely these and other controversies surrounding the Supra that have since the very beginning, created what can only be considered one of the most iconic badges the world has ever seen.