The Toyota Supra is back after what feels an age.
The thawing is over and global warming has finally taken its toll on Toyota's cold-cold heart. A million years we've waited, it seems, and finally it has returned: The prodigal son is back ladies and gentlemen so show some respect!
It's a straight-six turbo boasting 250kW and 500Nm of torque in a car skillfully designed, perfectly balanced, with a reputation on par with all stellar reputations. Supra! It's a name like Mustang. Like Corvette. Like Skyline. As great as any great could be.
But, is it what we thought it would be? Perhaps not. It's not quite as sleek as the FT-1 concept that rocked us those years ago, but hey, what can you do bro? Still, few would argue that this is outrageously purposeful and if you were seen in it, people would still nod.
You just get it, they would think, and they'd be right. People who buy a Supra understand things about the motoring world. They understand the purity of what it all means: That cars are very much alive and they live as an extension of us. As a Supra buyer, it means that you like it Asian, don't you? Viciously, purely Asian.
Sport mode or normal mode. Not 4, 6 or 24 to choose from, just two. Then, 8 gears by paddle shift and bam: Suprafy mofo! 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds feels as good as ever, even though we wanted it in manual, which it isn't.
Its the competitor to the BMW M2. To the Alpine. To the Cayman GT 4. All those sports cars with a mission: To purify the sins of their big brothers to recreate simpler times. This indeed is proper sports car territory and Supra will look to dominate.
Expect it in SA in the second quarter of 2019 and when you see it, scream it - Supra! The prodigal son is back and another generation gets to perv.
What a pleasure.