We finally get to grips with the A90 Toyota GR Supra, the car that has made for plenty of discussion among staffers at paultan.org, with no shortage of opinion about it. As is already known, the Supra and the G29 BMW Z4 were developed as part of a sports car collaboration involving both companies, and although the fundamentals of both vehicles are common, each supposedly has its own identity, in line with the different philosophies of each parent.

That’s the intent, of course, but the question begs, is it a BMW dressed as a Toyota, or has the Japanese automaker done enough to give the car its own character? No better way than to find out by driving it, which is what Jonathan Lee did. Watch the video to find out what the call on this one is.

The fifth-gen Supra made its Malaysian debut in September, and is available only in a single variant form for our market, a 3.0 litre GTS. The mill is the same BMW unit as seen on the G29 Z4 in its M40i guise, the B58B30 turbocharged straight-six developing 340 PS (335 hp) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm on the Supra. Paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Supra does the 0-100 km/h run in 4.3 seconds and gets to an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

Standard fit items include an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Brembo brakes, an electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential and 19-inch five twin-spoke two-tone wheels shod with 255/35 front and 275/35 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

Kit includes black leather upholstery, carbon-fibre trim, eight-way powered seats with driver’s side memory, a dual-zone climate control system and a Toyota Supra Connect infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, iDrive-style controller and a 12-speaker JBL sound system.

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