By Otsile Kadiege
Gazoo Racing, or GR for short, is Toyota’s high-performance division which gave birth to the highly-praised GR Yaris, the recently unveiled GR Corolla and the GR Supra. The latter has received a raft of mechanical updates to improve its driving performance. Answering the prayers of motoring enthusiasts world-wide, only the GR Supra RZ trim level gets a new 6-speed manual transmission.
Underlying the latest enhancements is a further-matured chassis for more-refined driving performance. Mechanical updates include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) control and finely tuned shock absorber damping characteristics for improved roll balance and ride comfort, modified stabilizer bushings for improved initial steering response, and revised chassis control systems (AVS, electric power steering, and Vehicle Stability Control) for improved overall steering feel and controllability when pushing to the limits.
Due to the increasing demand for a manual transmission, the updated GR Supra RZ grade is now available with a newly developed 6-speed manual transmission with a spherical shift knob that’s said to be easy to grip and operate from any direction and topped off by the GR logo on top.
Exterior and interior styling and technology
Toyota GR also updated the exterior and interior styling of the updated GR Supra. The performance two-seater is now sitting on newly designed 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with revised spoke and cross-sectional shapes for lighter weight and higher rigidity. New colour choices include Volcanic Ash Gray Metallic and Dawn Blue Metallic colours for all trim levels and a new matte Avalanche White Metallic color for a limited quantity GR Supra RZ.
Updates to the interior include a newly available tan interior option for the RZ trim-level only. The RZ and SZ-R trim levels feature an improved sound quality through optimal sound tuning of the JBL Premium Sound System.
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