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After what seems like an eternity, Toyota has revealed in full its 2019 Supra – marking the return of a nameplate that’s been out of production since 2002.

Now based on the same underpinnings as the BMW Z4, the latest Supra keeps its enthusiast-focused front-engine, rear-drive layout, and, Toyota claims, is ‘a sports car in its purest form.’

The Supra inherits the BMW’s engine, a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol that pushes out 340hp and is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s the latter feature which is likely to grate with enthusiasts, as the most iconic Supras were usually manuals.

Performance is similar to that of the Z4, with 0-60mph taking 4.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

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Active differential for ‘superior agility’

Toyota has paired the Supra with an active differential, operated by its own dedicated control unit. It monitors everything from steering, throttle and brake operation to engine speed, and will adjust from zero to full lock instantly.

Its handling has been tuned at the Nurburgring, as confirmed by earlier spy shots, helping to achieve ‘superior agility’. Toyota also says the Supra features a 1.55 ‘golden ratio’ between its wheelbase length and track width – the combination which gives the greatest balance of agility and stability.

The Supra’s rather insectoid styling stays true to the numerous concepts and spy shots we’ve seen so far. The long, low bonnet and double-bubble roof are inspired by the legendary 2000GT from the 1960s, though the proportions are clearly defined by the BMW Z4 donor platform.

The interior, meanwhile, is pure BMW – with an iDrive-style infotainment system, horizontally extended air vents and BMW parts bin controls for the climate control and gear selection.

All Supras will come with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, plus high-performance brakes and adaptive dampers. Two trim levels will be available – with basic Active featuring dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and LED lights. Premium spec adds a head-up display, JBL audio system, wireless phone charging and additional lighting.

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Supra A90 limited edition launch model

There’s also set to be an exclusive Supra A90 launch edition, limited to just 90 models. It will be finished in Storm Grey with matte black 19-inch wheels and a red leather interior.

There will be 900 Supras allocated to Europe for its first year of production, with 300 set to arrive in the UK. Basic Active models will cost from £52,695, rising to £54,000 for Premium trim and £56,945 for limited-run A90 cars.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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