The much anticipated Toyota GR Supra is now officially on sale in the Philippines. At this point, we’re probably sure you already know the nitty-gritty details about Toyota’s latest incarnation of its iconic sports car, such as its BMW Z4 roots, the same turbocharged B58 3.0-liter inline-6 from the Z4 M40i which produces 335 hp and 450 Nm of torque, and just like the Z4 M40i, the only transmission option is a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. However, we think these are the five things that you probably do not know yet about the all-new Toyota GR Supra.
1. Toyota Motor Philippines brought in the European version of the GR Supra
Apart from the usual amber (front) and red (rear) side reflectors required in the American version of the GR Supra, the one minor feature that separates the European version against the American version is the tiny Toyota lettering on top of the Supra logo. While the GR Supra that was previewed during the Toyota Vios Racing Festival at Clark International Speedway last June had the same Toyota lettering, it is only now that we can officially confirm that the GR Supra that was previewed also reflects the units that will be delivered to customers.
2. It will only be sold through 16 dealers
Due to limited supply, only sixteen dealers will be selling the Toyota GR Supra. All of these sixteen dealers have also been certified by Toyota Motor Philippines to be able to service and conduct repairs on the GR Supra. These are the following sixteen dealers:
Toyota Manila Bay
Toyota Pasong Tamo
Toyota Quezon Avenue
Toyota La Union
Toyota San Fernando
Toyota San Pablo
Toyota Davao City
3. There is currently a four- to five-month waiting time for the GR Supra
Also due to the limited global supply, the Toyota GR Supra has a four- to five-month waiting time. Toyota Motor Philippines did not disclose how many units they are bringing and how many customers have already ordered, but they assured that they are aiming for a continuous supply of GR Supra units.
4. It is the fastest accelerating Toyota ever
Because the Toyota GR Supra is a 2-door coupe, the resulting structure is more rigid and lighter than the BMW Z4 M40i’s. As a result, the Toyota GR Supra sprints from 0-100 kph in 4.0 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the BMW Z4 M40i, all the way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. All these make the GR Supra the fastest accelerating car to ever wear the Toyota badge.
5. Its structural rigidity is greater than the carbon fiber-based Lexus LFA supercar
Another advantage that the Supra might have over its German sibling is its structural rigidity. It’s already given that a coupe will have better structural rigidity than a convertible, but the more surprising fact is that the GR Supra is not just stiffer than the Toyota 86, but it even exceeds that of the Lexus LFA. Yet, this was achieved by Toyota’s engineers without the use of carbon fiber. Astonishing, we must say.
Despite being a Japanese car with an engine size that’s bigger than 3,000 cc (3.0-liters), the GR Supra is not covered by the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) because the GR Supra is built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria and not in any of Toyota’s plants in Japan.
Nevertheless, Toyota Motor Philippines was able to price the GR Supra well below that of the BMW Z4 M40i’s, which starts at P4,990,000 if you get the GR Supra in Prominence Red. If you want Lightning Yellow, Black Metallic, White Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Gray Metallic, or Deep Blue Metallic, you need to shell out P60,000 more. The most expensive color is Matte Storm Gray which is an additional P100,000. The reason for its price tag is its rarity in the global market.