Like most car-loving kids of the 1990s, my bedroom walls were adorned with dog-eared posters of Lamborghinis and Ferraris and all other kinds of expensive exotica. But right in the centre, taking pride of place, was a picture of the twin-turbocharged A80 Toyota Supra.

This bargain-basement sports car represented the pinnacle of everything that was fantastic about Japanese performance at the time. Here was a Ferrari-bothering screamer for a fraction of the price of something truly exotic.

That fire-breathing Supra was killed off in 2002, replaced by an endless procession of Corollas and Camrys, with Toyota’s performance aspirations having driven off a cliff (presumably locked in the trunk of a hybrid Prius). 

But now, at long last, it’s back! The all-new A90 Supra, developed in partnership with BMW’s Z4, will finally launch globally next year, the first  of many models developed under Toyota’s newly formed Gazoo Racing Company performance division.

And this is the very first time we’ve been able to drive it, albeit in pre-production prototype guise. And yes, we’re very excited. 

This is the very first time we’ve been able to drive it, albeit in pre-production prototype guise. This is the very first time we’ve been able to drive it, albeit in pre-production prototype guise.

So, is it a worthy successor to one of motoring’s true icons?