All the hype and 1990s nostalgia that came with the protracted development of the GR Supra leaves us yearning to write that it is thoroughly deserving of its revered cult nameplate and that it is the defining Japanese performance car of its era. But while it’s very good, it’s not quite that good. Not yet, perhaps.

Make no mistake, the fifth-generation Supra has plenty of strength and dynamic reserve, and plenty of likeability too. Not only has it got muscular, characterful straight-line performance, but it also successfully puts its shared platform architecture to use to

Fast, usable and has plenty going for it but leaves us wanting more

carve out a dynamic identity mostly of its own. And it looks fantastic. But the car’s cabin leaves too much room to wonder exactly how much truly distinctive Supra DNA really has been invested here, while to drive it is to be impressed at first but left ultimately with the nagging feeling that it could, and should, have been better still.

Perhaps we’ll be treated, in years to come, to a Supra with a manual gearbox and an engine to truly rise above the mid-engined alternatives, with even sharper handling and with less compromise made for the benefit of touring comfort. For now, we recognise a fine response to a tough brief – but there’s clear room for improvement.

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