Our Toyota Supra Was a Great Three-Season Thrill Ride


Our Toyota Supra Was a Great Three-Season Thrill Ride

Our long-term Toyota Supra GR 3.0 proved to be an easy car to love. It’s a low-flying rocket with a brash, enveloping exhaust note. It’s a keen dancer on twisty roads, alive and endlessly entertaining. Its bulging bodywork draws stares and comments from passers-by, and it’s a great performance value. But there are limits to our love. If you’re thinking of buying a Supra, you should know about two things that our long-term, 40,000-mile relationship revealed before you commit.


Reservation number one about this Toyota-BMW joint-venture two-seater: its snow capability, or more accurately, lack thereof. When the world turns into a giant snow globe, best leave the Supra parked and take your other car, if you have one. Or call Uber. Or strap on a pair of cross-country skis.


Once there’s a few inches of snow on the ground, you’re risking getting stuck—which our drivers did on multiple occasions despite us having fitted the Supra with Pirelli Sottozero Serie II winter tires. The Supra’s belly is just 4.5 inches above ground, and the snow piles up under it easily, high-centering the car. Many other long-term sports cars we’ve lived with through our frigid months had no such problem when outfitted with winter shoes. Granted, even here in snowy Michigan there are only a handful of days when the snow falls heavily enough to snarl traffic on the main roads. But if you want a car you can rely on day in and day out to get you where you want to go in winter, this isn’t it. That’s why we say the Supra’s a great three-season car.



For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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