It’s here that the Supra’s inherent BMW-ness is most apparent. Open those long doors and lower yourself into the snug, cosseting cabin and it’s the sheer volume of Munich-sourced fixtures and fittings that draw your eye and slightly confuse your brain.

A little effort has been made to hide the BMW connection in places (infotainment graphics, driver assistance controls, digital instruments), but the HVAC controls, column stalks, iDrive infotainment suite and gear selector are all lifted from BMW’s parts bin without any attempt made to hide it.

Toyota is to be commended for resisting the temptation to fit a typically fat-rimmed BMW steering wheel. Compared with that in the Z4, the Supra’s feels tiny by comparison. Chattier, too.

It makes for such a jarring first impression that you can forget what you’re driving, at least for a while, and wonder if it’s not the Toyota badge on the steering boss that seems more out of place than all of the BMW content encircling it. Several testers bemoaned the lack of apparent individuality you might expect of a Japanese sports car – and you would expect lifelong Supra enthusiasts who have been eagerly awaiting the A90’s arrival to feel that particular shortcoming even more keenly.

At the same time there’s objectively little wrong with the functionality of the Supra’s cabin. The controls are all within easy reach, there’s plenty of adjustability in the seating position and there’s a fair amount of storage space by the standards of the wider class: the car’s 290-litre boot is easily large enough for a weekend’s luggage.

The iDrive-based infotainment system is clear and easy to read, as is the digital instrument binnacle – which adopts a far more sensible graphical design than the odd hexagonal motif employed in the latest generation of BMWs.

Its BMW iDrive roots may be readily apparent, but that’s not a bad thing, given that iDrive remains one of the better suites currently on the market. The 8.8in dashtop-mounted display is clear and easy to read, despite seeming slightly angled away from the driver. The graphics are slick and the rotary controller mounted on the centre console means it’s easy to interact with on the move. The touchscreen can also be used to jump between menus, although doing so is best left for when stationary.

The handsome roster of standard features includes satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay. Supra Pro models gain a wireless phone-charging pad as well as a head-up display and a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system to replace the standard 10-speaker set-up.

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Yes, it would have been nice to see Toyota graft more of its own unique identity onto the Supra’s interior. But at the same time, a bit of perspective is also needed because, if Toyota had relied entirely on its own parts bin instead, what are the chances that the end result would have been more befitting of a £50,000 sports car?

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