How to fix the A90 Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra in white outside on old stone building

The latest mk5 (A90) Toyota Supra was hugely anticipated especially given the dramatic styling of the concept car that was so right in so many ways. When the production vehicle was unveiled, it was a little underwhelming in comparison however over time we’ve come to appreciate its swooping lines and compact size. 

Road tests have been positive with most of the criticism centred around the degree with which BMW engineering has reared its head throughout the car. 

It’s not perfect however, and there are some glaring “issues” I’d like to fix, if only in my perfect world! 

Compartmentalise the boot

Open the rear tail hatch and there’s quite a bit of space in there…all the way to the front cabin. Yep, there’s a big gaping hole from the boot to the cabin making the car feel just a little bit unfinished. Who needs projectiles flying into the dash under hard braking or worse? 

All Toyota need to do is compartmentalise the boot from the main cabin with a panel that folds, detaches, slides, or at least some sort of nicely designed netting that can be unhooked. Is it really that hard? Besides, how many Toyota Supra owners are going to reach behind their wide back sports seats to grab something from the rear?

Where is the big wing?

If you mentioned the name Supra to any Toyota enthusiast before the current model was released it would conjure up images of a high powered coupe with distinctive styling. One of the most dominant parts of the car was the huge rear spoiler which hooked around the rear and screamed “speed”. 

When the A90 Supra came out it was gone. Yeah sure car design has matured but most of us buying sports cars haven’t! It’s the look we are after that Japanese car designers so wonderfully expressed in the 90s and early 2000s whether it’s low slung sports cars or rally inspired specials. 

Besides, any GT formula these days has cars with huge wings so there’s no escaping the aerodynamic benefits even if they are only realised at high speed. 

Bring back the big wing, at least as an option! 

Is it a Supra?

Japanese makers tend not to pay too much attention to the past, instead preferring to create things that are new, better, and more efficient. There’s no denying the power Porsche have as a brand partly due to the incremental way they have designed and developed the 911, with a clear lineage going back to the very first 356. 

So when the new Supra was revealed it drew upon some design features of the A80 such as the front headlight shape, GT F/R layout and proportions. But where was the big rear wing (see above) and those incredibly distinctive lozenge rear lights housing a quad light set up? No, Toyota had decided they needed to express their current design language with lights that seem to droop and disappear down a (fake) vent, much like you see on a Lexus these days. 

It’s not a bad design, just a missed opportunity to retain something we love about the previous version. Just look at that arse on the original!

For crying out loud install a manual transmission in it!

Manual. We are all crying out for it. The Supra isn’t such a high powered monster that needs an auto box to break laptimes. It should be a drivers car and take (another?) leaf out of Porsche’s playbook by offering manual transmissions on all but the most focused of variants. 

Sure there are cost and engineering implications to going down that path, but us consumers don’t care. Make it happen!

Better brakes

All reports suggest this is a bit of a weak spot for the Supra particularly on track. Maybe the GRMN Supra version will offer better brakes, but given most Supras won’t see a race track, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker but something that could be improved with model updates. 

Give it a proper Toyota GR engine

Toyota are entering rallying, they have been in WEC for a number of years, and they used to be in Formula 1 so it’s not like they don’t know how to build an engine. And surely there’s an engine in the catalogue that could’ve been massaged to produce enough power. 

I get that ultimately the partnership with BMW was the only way this could’ve been done, but surely, surely they could’ve made it happen. Perhaps stealing more from Lexus?

What about the BMW switchgear everywhere?

This is where I don’t have too much of a problem. You see, nobody really buys a sports car for its infotainment system, not that I’ve heard of. BMW switchgear is actually quite nice, so with a bit of Toyota sprinkling here and there it does just fine. 

Are there any other changes you’d like to see on the latest Toyota Supra?

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