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TOYOTA SUPRA
The new Toyota Supra arrives amidst some controversy - jointly developed with BMW, the new Supra actually shares a platform, powertrain and many interior components with the new BMW Z4.

However, the new Supra still manages to delight and set itself apart thanks to the way it drives. Light, agile and with sharp handling, the Supra is undeniably an outstanding sports car. And yet, it also impresses with its everyday comfort - the suspension is supple and forgiving. Coupled with its gorgeous and unmistakable exterior design, there's no denying that the new Supra is still a special and desirable car.
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The four nominees in this year's Sports Coupe segment all offer vastly different experiences. The BMW M2 Competition is the most aggressive, hard-core and singularly focused car, and certainly the most track-focused model here. The new Porsche 911 is still very much the benchmark sports car, though some will (rightfully) point out that its become a little predictable. The Alpine A110 delivers a unique experience with its stripped back, bare bones ethos, and undoubtedly fills a very specific niche.

And then, there's the new Toyota Supra.

Yes, it's a divisive car, the Supra. Some will lament that it is too recognisably BMW. From the powertrain to the switchgear to even the infotainment system, there's no shying away from the fact that the Supra is built on a vast BMW skeleton. That's not a bad thing, though – this means you get German engineering precision and quality, and no one's saying no to that.

Where the Supra distinguishes itself is the way it drives. It is certainly on the lighter side, more akin to the Alpine than the BMW or the Porsche. It's deft and alert on its feet, with the sharp steering and agile front end allowing you to easily place it through corners. This grants the Supra a high level of instinctive responsiveness, something absolutely important for a sports coupe.

There's also plenty of aggressiveness and punch, thanks to a hearty 3.0-litre engine (thanks once again, BMW) that propels the car to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds.

Where the Supra also impresses is with its surprising docility when driven lightly. The suspension is forgiving and supple, meaning that driving it daily won't cause you backaches.

And of course, there's just the way it looks – there's no denying that with its mean front fascia, flowing lines and bulbous arches, the Supra looks every part of the sports car that it authentically is.

All four cars deliver something a little different, depending on what you want. With the Supra, it delivers the best combination of lightness, sportiness, usability and desirability, and that's why it's a worthy winner.