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- Many years ago my grandfather was given a mobile phone - a Nokia push-button. They entered the necessary numbers into the phone book, showed how to call and write messages. It so happened that I was in the first place in the list of contacts, and it was a dubious success. Because for the next few weeks I corresponded with my grandfather's jacket pocket. I don't know how he did it, but the phone was constantly unlocked and sent me the same message a couple of times a day. Here's what it said:
- The first reason. Where is 2JZ ?
- The second reason. You have matured. Or have grown old
Many years ago my grandfather was given a mobile phone - a Nokia push-button. They entered the necessary numbers into the phone book, showed how to call and write messages. It so happened that I was in the first place in the list of contacts, and it was a dubious success. Because for the next few weeks I corresponded with my grandfather's jacket pocket. I don't know how he did it, but the phone was constantly unlocked and sent me the same message a couple of times a day. Here's what it said:
I set the phone to automatically lock, and my grandfather promised to be more careful. "Well!", - his phone told me literally the next day. And in all subsequent ones. It all ended only after the button "brick" gave way to a clamshell phone.
This is "F!" became for me a symbol of rejection of the new world and encompassed the whole essence of the conflict of generations. Obviously, a mobile phone is convenient. And grandfather didn't seem to argue. But he was much more accustomed to the main post office for long-distance calls, telegrams instead of SMS and a piece of wallpaper in the corridor instead of a notebook.
And once upon a time engineers from Toyot and BMW decided to make a sports car together. Looking ahead, I will say that they did it great: in the new ToyotSupr everything is good, except for one component - the name. At the very moment when the Japanese-German brainchild with a not too impressive power of 340 horsepower was decided to be called the Supra, this car became a real breakwater of the eras and conditionally divided car fans into old and young.
And now "F!" it's time to write to me already.
How did it happen? First, let's put in mind the fact that Toyot actually made a very good car. BMW clone? Yes. Moreover, this is no longer the same BMW that in the nineties made the beautiful eighth series coupes and E34 cars. This is a modern BMW that molds its cars with nostrils the size of the suburbs of Budapest.
But the Japanese have come a long way from the production of cult sports cars to the point where they completely forgot how to make incendiary cars without outside help! First there was a collaboration with Subaru, now with the Bavarians - and it seems that Toyota is simply ashamed to disown this. I bet you can find more BMW nameplates in the bowels of the new Supra than Toyota logos if you try. And all right, the pieces of iron hidden from view - everything with which you directly interact every second is clearly German!
The multimedia system and its controller, the light control unit, the gear selector, even the key are exactly the same as on BMW. And this is perhaps a good thing, because in this case "like a BMW" means convenient, logical and without glitches. It is a pity that the steering wheel is also not very confused: an ordinary Bavarian "steering wheel" looks too simple and boring in such a car. It's a shame, because this is the main channel of communication between the driver and the car, and it would be nice for him to correspond to the spirit of a sports car.
But thanks, Toyota! - the digital tidy is completely original and does not at all resemble the obscurantism of modern BMWs. Here these are not indistinct numbers and stripes, but an asymmetric and well-readable combination, like on a Japanese sports bike.
And what a design! Of course, on the body you can count a dozen fake air ducts, covered with plastic plugs. They find functionality on racing versions of the GT4, but here they are just decoration. But this is already petty quibbles, because in fact ToyotSupr is a spectacular car. There are charismatic models in the modern Toyot family, but all of them are not about beauty: the Alphard is shocking, the C-HR is eccentric, and the flagship Century relies on a retro theme.
The supr was clearly created in such a way as to attract even fans of the European design school: the double-bubble roof with stampings for the heads of the passenger and driver is a tribute to the great studio Zagato.The "duck tail" rear spoiler slightly reminds of old Porsches, and in general, despite the diversity of details and high-tech LED optics, this look gives off something classic and very warm. And the layout is what you need.
The driver's seat - solid, but with rather delicate lateral support - is low and offset closer to the rear axle. And taking into account the fact that the hood of the coupe is already long (after all, an in-line "six"), it seems that you are sitting in general somewhere between the rear wheels, as in an ancient Roman chariot.
The roof overhangs, transforming the windshield into a kind of visor for a racing helmet. The central part of the glass is supported from below by a protruding multimedia display, and from above by a salon mirror. Thick front struts also do not add visibility, and only wide round hips are clearly visible in the side mirrors.
I would like to call this car a typical Gran Turismo, but it gets in the way … its tiny size. Yes, the Supr is against the trend, and while other models are getting larger with each generation, swollen with newfangled electronics and thicker noise insulation, the Supra, on the contrary, is shrinking. Compared to the legendary predecessor of the fourth generation, the sports car has become shorter by 13 centimeters, and compared to the model of the very first iteration - by 26 in general.
For you to understand, the wheelbase of the new Supr is even less than that of the Toyot GT86 coupe: 2,470 mm versus 2,570 mm. But the width is like that of adults: 1894 mm. With this aspect ratio, the sports car is not far from the map, but if you expect the same sharpness and uncompromising manners from it, then you will be very surprised.
On the move, the coupe turns out to be a small, but still a grand tourer, and this is perhaps the main revelation in the character of the car.
Since the Bavarians helped to tune the chassis here, too, you latently expect scalpel-sharp taxiing from the Supra and a rigid suspension that tells you about every crack. In short, you are looking forward to meeting with the BMW M2. But it doesn't even smell like "emkoy" here.
Supr is moderately friendly and surprisingly soft in demeanor: it does not knock the ass out of the chair at large joints, filters out vibrations, and stable trajectories in fast turns are accompanied by light rolls, rather than lateral g-forces tearing the face.
The steering wheel is ideally accurate in reactions, but does not require unnecessary work from the driver: everything happens naturally and pliable. Well, if you still finish the car and knock it into a skid, then the reaction will be some kind of humiliating and condescending: the slides are too predictable, it stabilizes too easily and smoothly at the exit, and this gives the false feeling that you are an excellent driver. It’s as if you’re five years old and your mother praises you with affection for the wonderfully drawn bunny. You stand content, and only somewhere deep down in your soul you remind yourself that in fact you tried to portray a walrus.
With the engine and gearbox - about the same story. The eight-speed automatic picks up the gears perfectly, it has a sport mode and an excellent skill of rebounding when braking. The three-liter "six" with a capacity of 340 horsepower is always on the alert: it is lively, high-torque, picks up at any speed, and together with the gearbox you get the perfect pair that allows the "Supra" to accelerate to a hundred in 4.3 seconds.
Not a record high by today's standards, but a low, tight fit and a rumbling exhaust sound artificially "twisted" through the audio system to a great soundtrack, make you believe that you are going much faster.
On the M2 Competition, you feel in the heat of a struggle, even when you are just standing at a traffic light; here - a much more peaceful character with ideally controlled outbursts of aggression. You don't get tired of Supra, it is very pleasant to just ride it every day.
But if the car is so successful, why is the BMW affinity so disappointing for fans of the old Supra? Indeed, against the backdrop of how Mitsubishi outraged the no less legendary name Eclipse (if you don’t know, this is how the dubious crossover is now called), Toyota should only be thanked for such a revival. There are at least two reasons for disappointment.
The first reason. Where is 2JZ ?
Creating the previous generation of Supra, the Japanese made a tactical mistake: they did not think that someday the sports car would need to be updated, left no room for improvement and immediately made an awesome car, under the hood of which was the king-motor 2JZ GTE.
It is not without reason that the Dvajazet has become a cult engine for tuners. Perhaps a quarter of a century ago, the Japanese did not understand a damn thing in marketing or did not yet know how to accurately calculate the resource, but the fact remains: an infinite margin of safety was laid in the inline-six 2JZ GTE. This is the real torii gate of the automotive industry. From its cylinders, you can launch ballistic missiles, you can screw turbines from aircraft to it and do other tuner lewdness, as a result, getting avalanches of horsepower - and only occasionally failures.
But the time of this motor has passed: it is already too old to meet environmental standards, and no worthy successor has been prepared for it. But people do not care about the environment, who spend hundreds of liters of methanol in drag racing competitions and burn rubber in stacks in a drift.
Although the situation can be viewed from the other side: albeit with the help of the Germans, the Supr still retained a turbocharged inline-six under the hood, so the canons are not violated. Just do not ask why there is a "civilian" unit B58, and not an "emoticon" S55 - much more vicious and hardy. Perhaps the answer to this question is: it’s still standing.
The second reason. You have matured. Or have grown old
Something tells me that most of the criticism comes from those who did not drive the previous Supra, but saw it on the screen. After all, Toyot had already followed a similar path with the GT86 coupe: the ancestor of Hachiroku became half Subaru and received a boxer engine, but this reincarnation of the legendary drift car was perceived much more favorably. This is because the iconic AE86 was only in the crowd of completely stoned, deeply enlightened car fans.
It's different with Supr. This is a car-movie star, the filmography of which has almost 80 films - and I'm talking about only the fourth generation. Although one film was enough, and you know exactly what it is about.
"Fast and the Furious". It was he who launched the wave of the craze for tuning and street racing, and the ToyotSupra, MazdRX-7 and Nissan Skyline who starred in it received cult status: even those who were far from the automotive world began to fall in love with them.
And a couple of years later, the guys from EGames, who had successfully hurried in advance, released the imperishable game Need For Speed Underground, which finally staked out Japanese sports cars a place in the Automotive Hall of Fame. This was a phenomenon of a real popularization of the automotive culture, which formed a whole generation of petrolheads: the boys watched Fast and Furious, after a couple of years they tried on the roles of film characters, playing in the Underground, then they grew up, got the rights and went to buy real Skylines and Supras. …
But here's what's interesting: "Fast and Furious" was released in 2001. This means that children of the same age as this film will celebrate their majority in 2019, and most of them will receive a driver's license in the foreseeable future. A whole generation of new drivers will hit the road, for whom the Fast and the Furious and the surge in street racing culture are something of the past. Something they've never seen. You can value and respect objects and phenomena that happened before you. But associating yourself with them is already more difficult.
These drivers will be different. Of course, there will be quite a few car fans among them, but the posters in their rooms will show other cars. And who hangs posters on the walls today? They listen to other songs, watch another movie, sort things out in a different way, differently set goals for themselves and confess their love. They are no better or worse than us, they are just different. And this new Supr is for them.
This sports car was created in the era of the Internet of Things, when you can connect to any stool via Wi-Fi, phones are no longer just phones, and cars are no longer just cars.
Autopilot systems. Car sharing. Fantastically smart multimedia with voice assistants. Neural networks. Huge displays on the tidy.This is a world of new technologies, in which boundaries are blurred and concepts are blurred. A world where family crossovers can go faster than sports cars. And in such a world of old ToyotSupra, alas, there is no longer a place.
As for the new Supra, it was not made by BMW or even Toyota. It was made by the new reality, and it turned out quite well. It remains only to get used to it.