Continued from Toyota Releases 'Supra' Sports Car (1)

The maximum output and maximum torque of the RZ (using a six-cylinder engine) are 250kW and 500N·m, respectively. In the case of the SZ-R and SZ, which use a four-cylinder engine, their maximum outputs are 190kW and 145kW, respectively, and their maximum torques are 400N·m and 320N·m.

The four cylinder engine was developed based on BMW's engine, and Toyota made adjustments to it.

The six-cylinder engine (source: Nikkei Automotive)

The four-cylinder engine (source: Nikkei Automotive)

The body of the RZ measures 4,380 (L) x 1,865 (W) x 1,290mm (H), and that of the SZ-R and SZ measures 4,380 (L) x 1,865 (W) x 1,295mm (H). The wheelbase of the three models is 2,470mm.

This time, the riding capacity of the Supra was reduced from four to two, compared with the previous model, and the wheelbase was shortened. The wheelbase is 100mm shorter than Toyota's "86" sports car. As a result, the ratio of wheelbase to tread became as small as 1.55, improving turning performance.

For the frame structure, aluminum alloy and steel plates were used to increase rigidity. A body rigidity about 2.5 times higher than that of the 86 was realized by improving the bonding strength between the different materials. According to Toyota, the rigidity is higher than that of the Lexus LFA using a CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) cabin.

In the interior space, there are an 8.8-inch TFT meter and a full-color head-up display. On the screen that can be viewed through the steering wheel, a tachometer, shift indicator and other data necessary for driving a sports car are displayed in a concentrated way.

The instrument panel of the RZ high-end model (source: Nikkei Automotive)

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