Is This 12.5 Million Yen Supra Worth It? | We Go In-Depth on SARD’s Ultimate Package
Published : 2021/02/17 14:27 Modified : 2021/02/17 14:27
Wide proportions, low center of gravity!
Wide silhouette melts into original shape
SARD have announced the beginning of a new complete car building enterprise. Well, to be accurate, it’s more of a return than a beginning – There were SARD Z10 and Z30 Soarers as well as a SARD JZA80 Supra back in the good old days. The subject of this new project is the GR Supra.
Remembered for the A80s that ran in the Super GT (then JGTC) and the 24 hours of Le Mans, for many people SARD = Supra. On the other hand, whilst they have run an A90 in the Super GT since 2020, winning the 5th round at Fuji Speedway, they made no clear indication of any intention to tune the road-going version, even a year after it went on sale.
Against such a backdrop, the sudden release of a complete car was, truthfully, a surprise. Furthermore, that the concept behind this car would be “luxury sports” seemed unusual at first.
But, seeing the styling up close, it all makes sense. The GR Supra’s change to a shorter wheelbase gave it a more sporty, athletic image. Into this, SARD have infused the essence of the original Supras, recreating it into a machine that fans of the older models will acknowledge.
In charge of exterior design was former Toyota 86 chief designer Takaho Furukawa. The front and rear fenders swell by 55mm a side, but make a point of retaining the “SARD” sense of refinement and sportiness that we know and love.
The wheels are original 20 inchers by Work, 10J at the front and 10.5J at the rear. These are treated to Potenza S007As in 255/30 and 275/30 sizes respectively. The outlet ducts behind the fenders are dummy jobs on the stock car, but here they are fully functional. The side skirts and door panels work in conjunction with them to create a glamorous piece of styling.
Of course, beauty is more than skin deep with this car. The B58 engine is set up with a Borg Warner turbo combined with a billet compressor wheel at its core. Elaborate ECU settings make the sum of the parts exceed the whole, outputting a maximum of 500ps and 70kgm of torque.
The exhaust includes a catalytic converter in the front pipe. The center and tail sections use the “Ti-Z Full Titanium Muffler” system. A stand out here is the non-shiny vapor blasted tailpipe.
The suspension is built around SARD’s original “Advanced Suspension” coilovers. The brakes combine 6 pot calipers from famous brake shop “Alcon,” with 380mm two-piece slit rotors to rein in the extra power.
SARD will make a total of twenty of these GR Supras, and the starting price is 12.5 million yen. Although this is 5.5 million more than the standard car, when you see the spec sheet for this complete car you may find yourself thinking it sounds like a bargain. This package comes from a shop with a long history of tuning Supras, and it has real quality to show for it.
Enquiries: SARD (Tel: 0565-53-1166)
Photos: Yuki Sawada