It's got more power, better handing, and stronger brakes.
Despite criticisms about how much it shares with the BMW Z4 and the arrival of the new Nissan Z, the Toyota GR Supra remains a cracking sports car. This year, it got even better with the long-awaited arrival of a manual transmission for the 3.0-liter models, making it an even more engaging partner.
As great as it is to drive on normal roads, the GR Supra has also enjoyed considerable racing success with over 100 podium finishes since its first racing season in 2020. In August, the Supra celebrated its 50th class win in a major championship. Toyota Gazoo Racing doesn't want to get complacent, though, and has now revealed an updated GR Supra GT4 Evo race car for the 2023 season.
Its braking, handling, and engine performance have all been enhanced, making it ready to do battle with the Nissan Z GT4.
Toyota Gazoo Racing turned to user feedback and customer requests in the development of the GT4 Evo, and that led to the improvements. To start, the 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine has better power and an optimized torque curve. With better cooling, the company says that customers can now attain faster lap times. Although maximum horsepower depends on the balance of performance - Toyota GR provides power sticks - we do know that torque is as much as 487 lb-ft. By comparison, the road-going Supra makes just 368 lb-ft.
For the brakes, Toyota has implemented new ABS settings; the Brembo system has six-piston racing calipers in front and four-piston calipers at the back.
So it goes and stops as well as it ever has, but what about handling? The new GT4 Evo has the latest kW damper technology and a new anti-roll bar specification.
Add in the sticky Pirelli 18-inch tires, and the GT4 Evo is even more competitive than before. An OMP racing seat with its six-point safety harness will hold drivers firmly in place while taking advantage of the coupe's newfound dynamism.
In the pictures here, the optional orange wrapping gives the GR Supra GT4 Evo race car the show to match the go, and it looks ready to play with its massive rear wing. It looks a lot like the special edition GT4 shown earlier this year that celebrated 50 GT4 cars.
The Evo will make its competitive debut in January 2023 at the 24 Hours of Daytona, which is the first round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. Orders for the new, "ready-to-race" car begin this month at 186,000 euros - that works out to around $185,000. Owners of the existing GT Supra GT4 will be able to order an upgrade kit.