I suppose you want to know whether the new Toyota Supra is going to be good at the track or not? Well, you already know that. But is it good if a moose suddenly steps out in front of it while travelling at speed? Kinda.
The Moose Test challenges a car in terms of weight transference in a scenario that simulates something, like a moose, stepping out in front of the car, making you swerve suddenly to one side and back again. This brings out the worst in cars, with some even flipping over thanks to the movement of weight from side to side.
The Supra completes this task at 48mph, but the issue is how long it took to do that. The tester notes that, thanks to the variable-ratio steering, it takes a lot of practice to know quite how much steering input is needed for something like this. The owner of one of these Supras needs to have quite a lot of experience with the car to understand how much steering lock is needed.
Anything faster than 48mph and the Supra failed with massive amounts of understeer holding it back from going any faster. This, coupled with the slalom test, resulted in the Supra being given a B+ by the tester, who was keep to praise the agility of the sports car. However, he was also keen to point out that the steering was very numb. Far too numb for a car of this class.
The model in question was the 3.0-litre version, with its turbocharged inline-six engine upfront. While the 2.0-litre version makes less power, we’d be very interested to see how the removal of some weight up at the nose would change the results of this test. we’ve always been inclined to think that the smaller engine would probably be the better car anyway.