What Happens When the Toyota Supra Takes the Moose Test?

The Toyota Supra doesn't have quite the same impact in Europe as it did in the United States. But they did manage to do a couple of new things with it. We're not talking about customization, but subjecting one to the dreaded moose test.
Toyota Supra moose test 4 photos
Photo: km77/YouTube screenshot
What Happens When the Toyota Supra Takes the Moose Test?What Happens When the Toyota Supra Takes the Moose Test?What Happens When the Toyota Supra Takes the Moose Test?
Say the Supra is your weekend car. You're in the middle of carving some Alpine roads or are exploring the twisting tarmac undulations of the Welsh countryside. Suddenly, wildlife jumps in the middle of your lane. Not a frog or a squirrel, but a full-grown moose.

That's what the moose test is for, to weed out cars that have unsafe handling characteristics in an accident avoidance situation. It's a weird balance between being agile and light enough to avoid the obstacle and being sufficiently planted so as not to skid off the road.

In the past, we've seen a lot of sports cars being too "playful" during Km77's moose test. They slide the back end wide. And before you go off on a tangent about sports cars needing to be fun above all else, let's just point out one guy recently had a big buck through the windshield of his C8 Corvette.

Getting back to the Supra, it manages to complete the test at a speed of 48 mph or 77 km/h, which is a good result. However, the Spanish testers reported that it takes some practice to get such a result, meaning it might not be this safe in the real world.

Part of the problem is the variable-ratio power steering, which doesn't respond in predictable ways to different levels of input. The testers also subjected the car to a slalom course to see how nimble it was and were impressed with its handling.

The model seen here is the GR Supra, equipped with the 3-liter turbo. Up until recently, this was the only version available. There's no way of knowing if the Supra 2.0 would perform any better. As a reminder, this is lighter by 200 lbs (90 km), mostly over the front axle.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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