Thank you for the comparison! I find it very interesting that the A60 actually is a third for you and the A70 is in fourth! Do you feel your opinion might be different if you were comparing a genuine A70 Twin Turbo R with all the right hardware and factory weight loss?I really should do that one day....
Stock vs stock (all supras) the A90 has them all beaten. A80 in second, A60 in third, A70 in fourth..... A40.
Biggest thing jumping into A80... was how more GT it feels. softer, softer steering, slightly more numb. Even with brand new HKS Hipermax IV coils, TRD antiroll bars, TE37SL with 275 tyres all round... Power delivery (GTX35) is a bit more extreme in the A80
The A90 really does feel like a Supra. With TRC off it wheelspins and hooligans around like any of the old cars. The interior is far more driver focused, given how low and enclosed you are. It reminds me heavily of the A60 inside.
I often go to 'put the clutch in' in the A90 - just because of how the whole car feels. But it really is a fun, fairly quick and engaging car to drive.
It just needs to be a little louder
The A60 interior comparison is something I also noticed early on. I really wanted an A80 style cockpit but once I actually got to sit inside an A90 everything made much more sense. Weirdly it actually does feel very driver-centric to me too even though I've always felt that way about the A80's interior.
Coming from an even more GT-like Z30 SC body with a stock A80 TT engine, A70 transmission, A80 LSD, some suspension work, 275 tires in the rear and even A80 seats... I've wondered just how different a totally stock A80-TT 6-speed must feel in comparison (nope, I've never experienced a stock A80).
It sounds like it's only so different from what I'm already used to (minus a couple hundred pounds in the A80). I kind do wonder if this softer GT-like feel for an A80 is related to Toyota's then-goal of very high speed stability or just because the base chassis (before many modifications) still started from the Soarer/SC chassis design which definitely was about those softer and more GT-like qualities from the get-go.
I agree with the feeling of extreme power delivery from 2JZ engines. Even in stock form with sequential twins it feels somewhat violent when pushed, if still mild on overall horsepower.
From what you relate and from what I've seen in many reviews there is a consensus that the A90 is a much sharper and more focused car. Definitely faster and more efficient stock for stock too given all the much more responsive technology involved after nearly twenty years since the last VVT-i A80 TT left the assembly line.
I've yet to get behind the wheel of an A60 to experience one firsthand but I've got good impressions of the A70 and actually the '89-'92 A70's especially when set up and lightened like TT-R's are one of my favorites. Though they're the biggest and often heaviest of all, haha-- not at all where the A90 has taken this lineage.