Sports car fans with a preference for the Toyota brand had a hard time between 2002 and 2019. With the end of production of the Supra Mk IV, the Japanese manufacturer no longer offered a real sports car. Models such as the Celica (until 2005) or the GT86 (since 2012) offer quite good driving performance, but don’t come close to the top model. Now, as a joint project with BMW, the new Supra is rolling up to the dealers and is already enjoying great popularity worldwide. As with the Mk IV, many tuning companies and customers of tuned cars are very interested in this car, which has already led to a large number of conversion parts. On the specialised trade fair SEMA in Las Vegas many converted Supra Mk V stand on various exhibition booths. Some of those are shown by Toyota USA itself. Among them also the GR Supra Heritage Edition with various inspirations from the predecessor model Mk IV, which became world-famous at the latest by the Fast’n’Furious film series.
The design quotes from the previous generation definitely include the rear section of the GR Supra Heritage Edition with the rounded rear wing and the clear glass taillights including new light graphics with four individual round lights each behind the cover. These components were specially created in the 3D printer. The headlights were also modified in the style of the Supra Mk IV. In cooperation with the Motorsports Technical Center (MTC), LG Motorsports and Cripworks, the rest of the bodykit for this unique model was created, consisting of a larger front spoiler lip and a significantly modified diffuser that centrally surrounds the exhaust tailpipes. In addition, new air outlets were integrated behind the front wheels.
Together with Precision Turbo and Engine, Toyota USA developed a performance upgrade kit for the GR Supra Heritage Edition. Exact technical data wasn’t given to the public yet. However, the three-liter inline six-cylinder engine is said to develop ‘more than 500 hp’ now. This is achieved by new turbochargers, which press around 18 percent more air into the engine, a new intake system and an exhaust system with three inch pipe diameter, rounded off by ECU from Mission Performance.
The wheel arches are filled with a 19-inch black-painted set of HRE P107SC rims. Those are covered with Toyo Proxes R888R tires in the dimensions 295/30 R 19 front and 305/30 R 19 rear. Behind them is the performance brake system with cross-drilled discs and silver painted Brembo calipers. A new rear axle suspension system with pushrods in the boot of the Supra was developed especially for this showcar. A series production of the GR Supra Heritage Edition is unfortunately not planned. However, we expect to see at least the newly designed lights from some aftermarket tuning companies in the foreseeable future.
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