Published on July 9th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
VOTY 2020// Sports Car of the Year – Toyota GR Supra
Spending millions upon millions in giving car enthusiasts something to be excited about again is something Toyota rarely get praised for. With the GR Supra, the internet’s reactions have been rather polarising. Unlike 90% of the internet, we saved our opinions for AFTER the test drive and found plenty to love about the GR Supra. For a modern sports car, power, dynamics, looks and size are all done perfectly nailed down.
This all-new Toyota Supra brings back an iconic model to Toyota’s range as its flagship sports car after 17 years of retirement. Yes, the last Supra left the assembly line 17 years ago and Toyota took its time to revive the name. Well, the wait for well worth it as Toyota engineers looked at what the segment was delivering and spoke to their partners to ensure the all new Supra will live on to be another legend.
You get all the attention you want from other road users, but you yourself will be too involved in the drive to even pay attention. Comparisons to past Supras are unavoidable, but the Supra is best compared to what’s available in the market right now, and in that sense, only Toyota seem to be keen on delivering in this sports car segment.
Here’s what you’re getting for RM570K: a 3-litre turbocharged in-line 6-cylinder engine producing 340 PS of power and peak torque of 500 Nm, a rear wheel drive layout, a sport-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission, 0-100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, perfect proven 50:50 weight distribution, Adaptive Variable Suspension and Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential (LSD), light 19-inch forged alloy rims, a Heads-Up Display, electrically-adjustable sports seats with power lumbar support; electrochromatic rearview mirror; and a 12-speaker JBL audio system. Quite a bit of equipment for a sportscar. That means you get performance without sacrificing luxury and ameneties.
Toyota GR Supra Specifications
Engine: Inline-6, 24 Valve, Twin Scroll Turbocharged
Gearbox: 8-speed Conventional Automatic
Max power: 335hp @ 5000rpm
Max torque: 500Nm @ 1600rpm
0-100 km/h: 4.3 seconds
Top Speed: 250km/h
About the VOTY Awards 2020
The Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Awards is sponsored by Allianz Malaysia Berhad and is judged by Daniel Sherman Fernandez, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair from Drive Safe and Fast (dsf.my) and GohedGostan.com.
The selection process is simple and clean. All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of our cutoff date are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands officially operating in Malaysia and ask them for test cars for each of our judges. There’s no participation fee, no tables to buy, no package deals — nothing. Any judge who drives an eligible car gets to vote for it. A simple majority is all it takes for a vehicle to win in a given category.
The categories are kept as consistent as possible from year-to-year with some modifications when a certain category is not adequately represented or is over-represented in that particular year. You can view the categories over the years by looking through our “VOTY” tab on the dsf.my page.
Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to postpone our VOTY awards presentation and have instead decided to stream it LIVE on facebook and youtube. This would make VOTY the first automotive awards show to be streamed live in ASEAN as far as we can tell.