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15 January 2019

Five alternatives to the new Supra

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk
Toyota's new Supra has finally made its official debut.

Despite being teased for years now, the Toyota Supra has been officially revealed and the internet is all over it like a fly on dog poop.

The biggest news to come from the reveal of the 'A90' Supra at the Detroit Motor Show is the inclusion of a four-cylinder making either 145kW/320Nm or 190kW/400Nm.

However, there are other rear-wheel drive sports cars that can give Toyota’s newest coupe a run for its money. Here are our five picks.

Lexus RC F Track Edition

Out the window goes Lexus' comfort. Out the window goes Lexus' comfort.

In a world of smaller turbocharged engines, it’s refreshing to see this naturally aspired, V8-powered coupe exist in 2019. And it was revealed at the same time as the Supra in chilly Detroit.

The Track Edition gets a lot of racey bits such as a massive rear wing, harsher suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes.

Power is unchanged from the standard RC F, but weight has been reduced by 65kg, which helps the Japanese muscle car hit 0-100km/h in about four seconds.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

There's no such thing as too fast. There's no such thing as too fast.

Regarded as the quickest Mustang ever, the Shelby GT500 is also the most powerful car made by Ford.

With looks that are less likely to polarise opinions, this 'Stang houses a 5.2-litre V8 making north of 522kW, which would blow the Supra out of the water.

Connected to the engine is a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, helping the car crack the tonne in 3.5 seconds.

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ

Toyota: We don't just make white goods! Toyota: We don't just make white goods!

The car that forced Mazda to go back to the drawing board with its MX-5 and showed the world Toyota can build something fun, the 86 and BRZ twins are an alternative to the base model Supra.

Its 2.0-litre engine actually makes more power (but less torque) and will be considerably cheaper than the A90 when it arrives in Australia.

Also, the 86/BRZ can be had with a six-speed manual unlike its bigger brother, which is auto only from launch.

BMW Z4

The Z4 is quicker around the Nurburgring than the M2. The Z4 is quicker around the Nurburgring than the M2.

This is a given seeing the Supra and Z4 are blood brothers, plus the Bimmer is a great alternative if you want a convertible instead of a coupe.

Both cars are hard to separate - inside the cabin and under the skin - with the top-spec Z4 running the same inline-six turbocharged engine.

One thing everyone in the Oversteer office agrees on is the Z4 looks worlds better than the Supra, besides Mal...

Nissan 370Z

Old-school is cool school. Old-school is cool school.

Death might be knocking on the door for the 370Z, but at the moment it's still kicking.

With a 245kW/363Nm 3.7-litre V6, this Nissan is no doubt slower than the Supra, but provides an old-school driving experience.

It's raw, especially with a manual gearbox, and it's something we're unlikely to ever see again.

What sports car would you have over a Supra? Let us know in the comments.