Be careful! A moose has just entered the road in front of your new Toyota Supra. Can you get around this? Based on a new test in Spain, the answer is a strong ‘maybe’.
The moose test calls into question a vehicle’s ability to avoid an obstacle for a fairly short distance and traveling at a fairly high speed. The cones limit the automobile to perform this maneuver in a narrow area.
The Supra successfully completes the moose test at 48 miles per hour (77 kilometers per hour). However, the tester notes that the Toyota Supra takes a bit of practice to complete the challenge. The model’s variable-ratio power steering makes it difficult to select the right amount of input. A person needs to know how this technology affects the handling of the car to avoid hitting a moose.
The Supra failed other races at 48 mph. He was also unable to complete the test at higher speeds. As speeds increased, there was more tire skidding, preventing the Toyota from going around the cones.
The Supra also goes through a slalom in this video. Like the moose test, a grader would likely give the car a B +. The testers praise the agility of the vehicle through the cones. However, they scoff at the steering feel as being numb, especially for a performance coupe.
This test is for the Supra with the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. We’d be curious to see how the coupe fares with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. While the engine produces less horsepower, this version weighs about 200 pounds (91 kilograms) less than the six-cylinder model. However, the four-pot variant also lacks the active differential and adaptive suspension that help the heavier machine.