Toyota GR Supra

Toyota cuts the wires for Supra

Riley Riley

Apple fans will be pleased to hear Toyota’s hero GR Supra now comes with wireless CarPlay.

Poor old Android users will however still have to use a cable to hook up their phones to the car.

Building on the significant performance upgrade in late 2020, the technology update now enables GR Supra owners to project Apple CarPlay on to the 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system without the use of any cables or wiring.

Toyota’s Sean Hanley said the latest upgrade demonstrated Toyota’s commitment to offering its customers the latest technologies.

“Since launching in 2019, the GR Supra has helped drive the growth of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing brand with its exhilarating performance and razor-sharp dynamics,” he said.

“Adding wireless CarPlay as standard brings greater convenience for our customers, further increasing the appeal of this automotive icon.”

Wireless Apple CarPlay functionality builds on the already-comprehensive multimedia features including voice activation, Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM/DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and wireless phone charging.

Offering seamless smartphone integration, apps such as music streaming services are enhanced by a 205W 10-speaker HiFi sound system on the GT, or a sophisticated 425W 12-speaker JBL surround sound system on the GTS.

This latest technology update follows a substantial mechanical upgrade introduced in late 2020 that saw peak power output for the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine boosted from 250kW to 285kW, kicking in from 5800-6500 rpm.

Peak torque of 500Nm is available across a wider band — from 1800-5000 rpm.

Driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, the GR Supra is able to complete the sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 250km/h.

To further aid its dynamic agility, a pair of strut braces were fitted under the bonnet to increase torsional rigidity and handling balance.

Priced from $87,303, GR Supra continues to be offered in two grades – GT and GTS – that both employ the powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol engine, aided by the fitment of launch control and the choice of Normal or Sport drive modes.

A low centre of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution, a limited-slip differential on the rear axle and an optimised body structure made of rigid steel and aluminium ensure a level of agility and performance worthy of the GR badge.

A comprehensive suite of Toyota Safety Sense features ensure excellent occupant safety.


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