The new Toyota Supra’s ‘moose test’ run is surprising
You’d think, as a low-slung sports car, the Toyota Supra would pass the moose test with flying colours — it didn’t
The Toyota Supra has been put through the ‘moose test’, and showed a surprising result for a low-slung sports car.
For vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, such as SUVs and trucks, this isn’t an easy test to pass. A small, maneuverable sports car — like the Toyota Supra — should be able to ace it with flying colours. However, it didn’t.
The Supra knocked over more than a few cones in the test designed to evaluate collision avoidance. At 77 km/h, it understeered heavily into the first corner and then swung the tail out for the second. The Supra understeered again for the final corner, swinging wide and almost hitting a third cone on the exit.
It took the tester a few chances to get a good run with the Supra, which is more than a person driving on the street would get if they were in a dangerous situation.
The tester noted that the variable-ratio steering system made the Supra harder to get used to than cars with regular steering, but once he got the hang of it, the car performed reasonably well. The slalom test showed that the Supra had more than capable handling, even if the tester noted that the steering lacks feel.
While the driver was unfamiliar with the car, and the variable steering ratio was hard to get used to, another factor to look at here is the tires. The test looks to have been done with stock wheels and tires, which aren’t always the best-performing units. Given most Supra owners’ penchant for upgrades and modifications, many will likely change out their wheels and tires for something even more performance-oriented, therefore improving handling and grip in emergency situations.