Video: Toyota Supra GR passes “moose test”, but just barely
Watch the latest Toyota Supra GR coupe nearly fall victim to the infamous “moose test”, where the car is expected to dodge a sudden road obstacle and stay in control.
The fastest success was recorded at 77 km/h (48 mph), but the test pilot crew only succeeded once out of three attempts. For reference, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S passed the trial at 80 km/h (50 mph), while the BMW 3 Series succeeded at 78 km/h (48.5 mph).
Steering was found to be the main source of difficulties: the muscle effort needed to evade depends on the speed the car is moving at, and getting used to the algorithm takes time. At higher speeds, the sports car started waggling its tail and leaving its lane, which was considered dangerous. It did pass the slalom test just fine, though.
In the end of the day, the testing crew found the results quite satisfactory, although drivers criticized the handling as “too numb” and unresponsive for a sports car.
The vehicle used was a Supra GR fitted with a 3.0-liter turbo-six engine (340 PS, 250 kW) and eight-speed auto gearbox.
Editor Andrew Raspopov