It is back! The Supra is finally here! For newbies, Toyota Supra is what Toyota likes to call its one and the only car to attain legendary status, a special thing to achieve for an automaker that is known for cars that provide utmost convenience and efficiency but with no real attitude. It’s been 21 years since Toyota sold the last Supra in the U.S. market and 17 years in Japan. Rumors that Toyota was planning a comeback for the legendary car started all the way in 2007 upon the release of the FT-HS concept and fueled in 2010 when the automaker trademarked the Supra nametag. We were certain the Supra was on its way in 2014 when Toyota released the striking FT-1 concept, what we did not know was that we would go on to wait for another five years before seeing the first production car. Well, the wait is finally over, Toyota used the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to unveil the sports car; it will go on sale as a 2020 model. The 2020 Toyota Supra is a product of collaboration between the Japanese automaker and BMW. BMW has supplied the engine, transmission, and chassis while Toyota, particularly the Gazoo Racing division designed the body, and the cabin.
2020 Toyota Supra Exterior
The Supra design has retained most of the features of the FT-1 concept, especially at the front where its nose still stretches over the front fascia. Its headlights are also similar; their light strips stretch to the center. The front bumper has a square-shaped vent with larger air outlets on the sides. The headlights have a 6-lens design and feature integrated DRLs as well as turn signals. At the outer edge of each headlight, there is a vertical vent similar to those on Lexus roadsters. The supra also has an aggressive splitter that features vertical canards.
On the flanks, the Supra looks very muscular; it has two vents, one is located on the side panels of the hood while the other is a fake vent on the door. The model’s A-pillars and double-bubble roof are all inspired by the FT-1 concept.
FT-1 inspiration continues at the rear where the Supra features slim tail lamps that expand towards the sides. Other features inspired by the FT-1 include the huge, arching spoiler, diffuser, and the trapezoid-shaped center bumper. The Supra also features the same vent as the FT-1 concept; it stretches from the taillights to the bumper. However, the Supra lacks the concept’s retractable wing while exhaust tips have been relocated close to the center.
The new model is, however, smaller than the last Supra; it stretches 172.5 inches long, 73.0 inches wide, and is 50.9 inches in height. It has a wheelbase of 97.2 inches and a track width of 62.8 inches and 62.6 inches at the front and rear respectively.
The 2020 Toyota Supra is available in a variety of interesting color combinations that include Downshift Blue, Nitro Yellow, Renaissance Red 2.0, Turbulence Gray, Nocturnal Black, Absolute Zero White, Phantom Matter Gray, and Tungsten Silver.
The cabin is inspired by the BMW Z4. To start with, the dashboard is unique; it is mounted low and slender like those on dedicated sports cars. The design is simple and clean; however, the infotainment display that is mounted on top of the center stack disrupts the clean design but it’s an attractive disturbance. The center stack that also looks clean features a two-tier design with two A/C vents on the top tier and command panels on the lower one.
The center console is asymmetrical and has an extra wall that helps create a driver-centric outline. Its steering wheel is also borrowed from the Z4 but its spokes are a bit different. The instrument panel, on the other hand, is rather unique with its distinctive graphics, a rev counter mounted at the center, and a shift-timing indicator mounted on the left.
The seats are race-inspired; they have huge shoulder bolsters and a small center section. In the standard Supra 3.0 trim, the seats have Alcantara upholstery while the Premium trim features heated leather seats.
In terms of technology, base models feature a 6.5-inch infotainment screen that supports iPod and Bluetooth functions. The Premium trim adds an 8.8-inch screen that has a navigation system, telematics, rotary touch controller, and Apple CarPlay. There is also a 12-speaker premium JBL sound system.
Other features include wireless phone charging, keyless smart entry, a rear camera, a dual climate control system, power folding mirrors, garage door opener, rain sensor wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Although Toyota did not release actual dimensions, the Supra’s cargo space is very constrained.
Engine and performance
In the American market, the 2020 Toyota Supra will feature a turbocharged 3.0 L, the inline-6 mill that is borrowed from BMW’s Z4. The engine delivers 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The engine is hooked to an 8-speed automatic system, same as the one BMW uses on its Z4. The setup also comes with a launch control feature; the three combine to push the Supra to charge to 60 mph from standstill in 4.1 seconds. At this speed, the Supra is the quickest Toyota production car yet. The Supra is however much slower than the BMW Z4 which only needs 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph; it is, however, quicker than the base trim of the Porsche 718 Cayman, the car that Toyota intends the Supra to compete with.
Toyota has electronically limited the Supra’s top speed at 155 mph same as the Z4 but the Cayman can hit as high as 177 mph.
Buyers can add an active differential that controls the distribution of torque between the model’s rear wheels. When the Supra is in Sports mode, the intervention of the stability and traction control system is limited while the throttle response becomes sharper enabling the coupe to become track-ready.
Other markets will have an option for a less powerful Supra; this version is equipped with a 2.0 L, inline-4 good for 197 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The model takes 6.5 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Price and release date
The base 2020 Toyota Supra has an MSRP of $ 49,990 while the Premium trim starts at $53,990. Toyota will also offer a Launch Edition model based on the Premium trim. Production of the Launch Edition will be limited to 1,500; this version will cost $55,250. The figures are exclusive of a $ 930 delivery charge. Sales start this summer.