Toyota confirms local testing of all-new Supra
As Practical Motoring reported last week, Toyota Australia has been testing the all-new Supra on local roads ahead of its official reveal next year.
Practical Motoring scribbler Toby Hagon spied a camouflaged Supra testing while attending the Ford Focus and Endura launch last week. And now Toyota has confirmed the car was in the country for five-days of suspension and dynamics tuning with chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada and his team in Australia.
In a statement, Toyota said, “Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and engineers from Japan have put a Supra prototype through its paces on Australian roads, supported by Toyota Australia’s highly regarded vehicle engineering and development (VED) group”.
Over the course of five days the vehicle was tested across the Great Ocean Road and many other roads throughout Victoria – Tada claiming that Australian roads replicated 80% of the world’s roads making it a perfect test destination. Tada said, “We know your drivers tend to favour strong levels of body control and steering feel, particularly for your undulating road surfaces.
“It’s vital the driver feels confident during rough-road cornering and that the car is very stable under braking. Speedo accuracy is also very important.
“Working on aspects of handling and other details here in Australia allows us to make refinements that will result in a better car right up until production starts in the first part of next year.”