2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T – Re-Driven Empowered for Higher Love

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: Newfound power for this high performance sport coupe pinup. As tested Premium MSRP = $58k

IN MARKET FOR : Two-seat high performance sport coupe that is master of both street and track

IN NEED OF: Blistering turbocharged thrust

GLAD TO HAVE: Daily driveable comfort and fuel economy

DON’T MIND: Volume brand name on a re-wrap of luxury make’s build

READY FOR: Hordes of preteens wanting to pose with the ride

CAN LIVE WITHOUT: Premium German brand price

Then prepare to share in a Roadblazing.com re-drive in the 2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T DB 23 performance sports coupe.

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T  Driving Hits: (vs. 2020 Toyota Supra GR 3.0T in parenthesis)

2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: B58B30O1 twin-scroll turbo I-6 mated to the swift swapping ZF 8-spd autobox delivers a paradox of silky brutality
  • 382 hp, 365 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm twin-cam intercooled turbocharged gas inline-6 cylinder BMW B58B30O1 engine (new for 2021 MY, replaced B58B30C)
  • +47 horsepower (+14% vs. B58B30C engine), +3 lb-ft torque
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: swapped in B58B30O1 I-6 = 382 HP (+14%), sub 4 sec. 0-60 & 28 MPG
  • BMW specific ZF 8-speed torque converter planetary automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive, active helical dual clutch locking limited slip differential
  • 8.8 lbs per 1 hp
  • sub 4 second 0-60 m.p.h., 12.1 sec @ 117 m.p.h. 1/4 mile = neck snapping acceleration
  • Active exhaust bark announces inline-6 engine
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: legit dual exhaust throaty gurgle + E Limited slip rear differential
  • 8-speed transmission features rapid locking torque converter, likes low gears, and is calibrated for on demand engine braking
  • Steering wheel magnesium dorsal shift paddles react briskly
  • Drive Modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, the latter allowing more inner wheel slippage from the electronic limited slip rear differential
  • Progressively weighted razor accurate steering winding
  • Controllable oversteer out of fast switchbacks
  • Prodigious lateral adhesion from 19″ alloy Michelin Pilot Super Sport run flat rubber, staggered front to rear tread width for reduced understeer
  • Brembo four piston fixed caliper front brakes
  • Adaptive electronic damping dispatches abruptness for a grand touring ride
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: front struts, 4-pot fixed brake calipers, 19″ wheels, 35 -series Michelin Super Sports
  • 28 miles per gallon combined driving, 403 miles estimated highway range, 91 AKI unleaded gasoline
  • Solid contract assembly by Magna Steyr in Austria
  • Not much suspension or wind sound heard inside cabin

2022 Toyota Supra 3.0T Driving Misses:

  • Tramline on grooved concrete roadway
  • Stiffer ride from 35- aspect ratio rubber (vs. 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0T)
  • Full wheel well cladding amplifies stones picked up by the Michelins
  • Windows, part retracted, wind buffeting

What the 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0T Has Got:

  • From $44,085 (incl. destination) base 2022 Toyota GR Supra 2.0T w/ 8-speed automatic transmission. As tested 2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T Premium 8-speed automatic transmission = $57,920.
  • 2-seat high performance sports coupe
  • Rocket car low slung, long hood, Coke bottle fuselage, massive fenders & flared rear quarter panels
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: fighter jet Coke bottle fuselage in Turbulence Gray
  • Flesh, bones, organs courtesy of BMW Z4
  • Skin drawn & bones tuned by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division
  • Precision finished positive action switchgear, with artful cabin panel shapes, soft materials throughout
  • Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Long cargo bay w/ liftgate access; Cargo bay privacy lid
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: liftgate cargo bay w/ removable suspended privacy shelf
  • Plentiful standard feature set
    • Power folding, driver’s self-dimming, reverse auto tilting, heated side mirrors
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror + remote garage door transmitter
    • Bi-LED headlamps, 6-segment adaptive swiveling; White LED DRLs; Amber LED directionals
    • Keyless entry, Push button ignition
    • Cruise control
    • Power windows, express down x 2
    • 2-zone automatic climate control
    • 14-way power heated Alcantara + leather sport bucket seats including knee lift, 4-way lumbar & side bolster, driver’s 2 position memory
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: 14-way heated leather power front sport seats
    • Bluetooth wireless communications and music stream
    • 8.0″-inch TFT single dial gauge instrument cluster w/ LED segments
    • 8.8″-inch remote knob Supra Command triple pane landscape LCD infotainment display
    • 10 speaker, 205W performance streaming audio
  • Standard safety and driver assistance
    • 8 SRS airbags; rigid BMW CLAR modular platform; +1 fore, lateral view, +/- rear view
    • STD: Forward Collision avoidance w/ pedestrian & cyclist detection braking, Lane keep assist, Auto high beam headlamps; Speed limit warning; E-Parking brake + traction mode
    • OPT (Dynamic Assist Pkg., incl. on tester): Adaptive cruise control w/ stop & go; Blind spot monitor; Rear cross traffic alert + braking; Park distance warning, fore & rear + braking
  • 3 year / 36,000 miles bumper to bumper, 5 yrs / 60k mi. powertrain warranty includes 2 yr. / 25k mi. maintenance

What the 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0T Has Not (or Not Preferred):

  • No Android Auto projection, Apple Car Play = optional
  • Low entry and exit body position
  • Long hood & tall cowl challenges forward view
  • Heavy frameless window coupe doors
  • No center armrest storage, exposed wireless device shelf too short for phablets

Standout Cool Features included on tested 2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T Premium:

  • Technology Package (optional):
    • Smart Key approach access; Leather seats, heated; Heads Up Display
    • 8.8″-inch touch + remote knob Supra Command triple pane landscape LCD infotainment display; HDD GPS voice command, voice guidance native navigation
2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T: business plush BMW donated cockpit with Supra unique TFT single dial instrument cluster
    • Supra Connected Services up to 4 year trial of real time traffic, weather, news, concierge
    • JBL 12 speaker, 500W, 8 channel Clari-Fi DSP streaming premium audio
    • Wireless Apple Car Play projection & Qi wireless phone charging pad
  • Turbulence Gray color


2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0T = Certifiable pinup among high performance sports cars acquires potent yet parsimonious B58B30O1 powerplant.

Contributing Editor: T. Paluch


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WHAT: 2020 Toyota GR Supra, 2-person sports coupe, designated J29 = the 5th model to bear the superlative.

Standard Power*: longitudinal intercooled twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0L DOHC 24V DI gas I-6 = 335 hp/ 365 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm + 8-spd. torque converter planetary transmission w/ shift paddles, driving rear wheels.

Power to Weight ratio compared to: Chevrolet Corvette C8; Porsche Cayman S, Jaguar F-Type P380

*available std. in MY 2021: longitudinal intercooled twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16V DI gas I-4 = 255 hp/ 295 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm (3.0T I-6, with power bump to 382 hp, will be optional)

(A) STYLING DIFFERENCE(S): All 4 previous Supra models were available as 2+2 passenger hatchbacks. The last A80 model shared common stampings with the Lexus SC 300 /400. Now a sibling of BMW‘s G29 Z4 roadster, the latest Supra is exclusively 2-seater coupe, but retains that liftback heritage.

2020 Toyota Supra GR 3.0T Premium: visiting Chicago’s Streeterville skyline with John Hancock hi-rise in background during COVID-19 home sheltering


PENNA TURBINA: The new Supra is an unabashed nod to the late 1960’s 2000GT grand tourer, then Japan’s Bond- ian answer to the Jaguar E-Type. Roadblazing.com spies a smattering of Fiat Turbina concept‘s bold rear quarters. The production Supra has remained astonishingly faithful to the 2014 FT-1 Concept. Ironically it turns out that Nobuo Nakamura’s design is more reminiscent of fellow countryman Joji Nagashima’s original E36/7 Z3‘s  retro roadster’s beak, than is the current Z4.

Witness a land speed record setter’s slender Coke-bottle fuselage. The twin cowl roof and low slung, long clamshell hood terminate in a first rounded, then pointed nose. Sans grille, three dark honeycomb air inlets occupy most of lower fascia with corner folds and a lower splitter. Lighting is a multi-segmented LED with prominent alternating amber directional / white DRL lower brow.

The windsceen, with thick A-pillars slants sharply. Integral lower body flaring rises to the rear wheel arches. A necessarily high beltline tapers with a prominent Hofmeister angled B-pillar. More powerful and equally prurient are the wide splayed rear quarter haunches, which seem to amplify ever morsel of road stone thrown into the wheel wells.  Darkened competition-style side skirts are continued at the lower rear fasia.

Out aft, no less explicit is a pinched ducktail spoiler. It rises from a widened liftgate decklid. Lateral lollipop LED taillamps stretch out wide to corner folds. A T-shaped gloss black lower fascia cradles a bumped out mid bumper, fitting polished dual corner exhaust tips.

2020 Toyota Supra GR 3.0T Premium: at desolate Chicago Millennium Park during start of COVID-19 home sheltering

WHY: Successor to Tokyo Drift king is exclusively 2 seater and highly Bavarian


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