RE: The Toyota GR Supra modifying begins!

RE: The Toyota GR Supra modifying begins!

Monday 11th February

The Toyota GR Supra modifying begins!

'Performance Line Concept TRD' shown at Osaka as Toyota's effort; over to you, tuning companies...



Previewed by Toyota last week, the wraps have now come off its first effort at tinkering with the GR Supra. Never going to take long, was it? Snappily titled the 'Performance Line Concept TRD', the car is described by Toyota as "a high-performance car telling a new start." Or rather, that's what Google Translate has it down as.

With no changes to the powertrain, TRD's focus has been on the body and chassis. Carbon is used for the new spats, spoilers and skirts - all said to improve stability and downforce, and easily identifiable here against the grey paint. See also the new forged aluminium 19-inch wheels; given Toyota claims their fitment improves both steering response and stability, we'd wager that they've reduced the unsprung mass to some extent.


'Carbon door garnish' aside, we'd say it's a pretty successful overhaul, injecting some more attitude into the Supra shape without going entirely over the top - no doubt that will follow in time, either from Toyota or another source.

In fact, the bottom of Toyota's fascinating page on the Performance Line Concept TRD says 'To Be Continued', implying this is just the start as far as Supra modifying goes. Excellent news. What would you like to see next?




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fernando the frog

Original Poster:

97 posts

6 months

Monday 11th February
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looks even worse lol

Nerdherder

442 posts

35 months

Monday 11th February
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First ones to come out with a front bumper + headlights conversion that look pleasing will have a winner on their hands. laugh

MX6

3,945 posts

151 months

Monday 11th February
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Overall I quite like the shape and design of this new Supra, even though it does appear overly fussy in various areas. I'm not against some extra aero and whatnot to add some aggression, but I don't think these TRD additions are all that successful.

The door infill trim is an unseemly appendage, it's probably functional given that the vent in the door is fake as it goes nowhere and probably disrupts airflow, but it's not very attractive to my eye. Would be better if it were body colour I think.

The wheels are okay, I do like black wheels but not really a fan of the those with lots of spokes. The rear spoiler is okay but again I think body colour would make it look a bit more seemless. Quite like the splitters/skirts.

Edited by MX6 on Monday 11th February 16:14

PhantomPH

3,007 posts

163 months

Monday 11th February
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With the exception of the door efforts, I much prefer that to the standard car.

amgmcqueen

1,359 posts

88 months

Monday 11th February
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The words polish and turd spring to mind.
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cuda

406 posts

178 months

Monday 11th February
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TRD.

Says it all - and you can't polish one...

cuda

406 posts

178 months

Monday 11th February
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amgmcqueen said:
The words polish and turd spring to mind.
snap.

rob.e

2,827 posts

216 months

Monday 11th February
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WTF? They've only just launched this, customers don't yet have their cars, not been road tested by the magazines yet and they are already doing a tweaked version?

Why? Anyone who wants one is already gagging to get their hands on one, and adding a few carbon bits won't make any difference to already sky-high demand (although might upset some folks who wanted the exclusive first editions?)

Surely better to let the initial hype roll on for a few more months, get the press / road tests etc and when interest is flagging THEN you do some carbon fibre tweaks and nice rims to get yourselves back on the front page of the magazines/ web site?

Or am i missing something?

spagbogdog

662 posts

198 months

Monday 11th February
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...am only seeing Adolph from the front view...

"Nein..nein....NEIN !!!!!..."

Paddy78

134 posts

84 months

Monday 11th February
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cuda said:
amgmcqueen said:
The words polish and turd spring to mind.
snap.
It just looks like they've added more turd... I can't see any attempt to polish?

I do think someone will get the looks right, but this isn't it imho.

knebworth01

53 posts

58 months

Monday 11th February
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amgmcqueen said:
The words polish and turd spring to mind.
I assume the 'turdy' bit is the BMW DNA inside, and that will never be polished out.Makes an exciting car dull.
Looks wise, it is a bit challenging but all the better for it IMO. Isnt trying to please the style above substance brigade.

MIP1983

182 posts

143 months

Monday 11th February
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So TRD have looked at the door vents and have thought, "these are pointless and need covering up" et voila.

B17NNS

17,824 posts

185 months

Monday 11th February
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Proof positive that whilst turds can be rolled in glitter. Polishing them remains a challenge.

Ursicles

789 posts

180 months

Monday 11th February
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Seems even Toyota are admitting they got it wrong and are redesigning it before customers even see reviews, let alone road test it!

First car to ever have a facelift between launch and delivery?

BogBeast

922 posts

201 months

Monday 11th February
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Reminds me of the new TVR ..

PhantomPH

3,007 posts

163 months

Monday 11th February
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Really like the wheels. Is it sitting lower??

MrwReckless

96 posts

57 months

Monday 11th February
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On the contrary I believe you CAN polish a turd, but, it'll still remain a turd though no matter how polished...

On a serious note, I suspect the whole thought behind the MK V Supra was to follow in the same vein as the GT86 where customers buy a "blank sheet" and will put their own twist on it, and I suspect the TRD parts is just an early start to this idea for the Supra.

Regards

Nitro666

12 posts

84 months

Monday 11th February
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Will they get 1000+ BHP out of it though?

MrwReckless

96 posts

57 months

Monday 11th February
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Nitro666 said:
Will they get 1000+ BHP out of it though?
Closed deck design block with forged internals. Might not be good for 1k but I'm sure it'll manage 650 ish...?

herebebeasties

375 posts

157 months

Monday 11th February
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It's the front that's the problem, I think.
I quite like this, though: