2020 Toyota Supra
The highly anticipated 2020 Supra is back, the product of an intriguing eight-year collaboration with BMW, which simultaneously redesigned its two-seater, the Z4, during the lengthy development phase. There will be two official grades of the Supra – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium – as well as an exclusive Launch Edition, which is based on the 3.0 Premium but gets some special badging and interior touches. Just how much interest was there for this reincarnated rear-drive classic? Well, Supra #1 (all Launch Editions are numbered) netted $2.1 million at auction. That’s a lot of enthusiasm for sure.
What really has car enthusiasts excited about the return of the Supra is Toyota’s alliance with the Bavarians. Although the previous four generations of the Supra all had an inline-six, Toyota does not currently have its own I-6 – but BMW certainly does, hence the pairing up of these two automotive industry kings. Much of the engineering is indeed BMW’s work, most notably the powertrain and weight distribution. That powertrain is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six that generates 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be manually controlled from the steering wheel paddle shifters when desired. Toyota has officially said it will consider offering a manual transmission (as BMW does for the Z4) someday if there’s enough consumer demand.
Designed for Function and Style
While the latest Supra takes inspiration from its 20th-century versions, it is certainly not a copy and paste. The Supra remains true to its heritage, along with taking some inspiration from the German roadster. This meeting of the masters serves to remind Supra enthusiasts that Toyota is gung-ho about not just bringing back a much-loved sports car that had been out of commission for more than two decades, but doing it right.
The keys are a 50:50 weight balance and low center of gravity resulting in optimal front-to-rear aerodynamics. What’s more, the front features an impressive central grille and large, sporty air intakes on the hood, while the rear is dominated by an arching spoiler to keep the car grounded at high speeds. On top of this, the color options are track-appropriate: Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray, Nitro Yellow, Downshift Blue, Renaissance Red 2.0, and Phantom Matte Gray. Inside, the Supra sure looks like a Toyota, yet with some BMW influence. Leather seating is standard, with heated feature added to the Premium and Launch.
Big on Performance
As a sports car through-and-through, the returning Supra brings with it some exciting performance standards. As mentioned, its power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six with noteworthy hp and torque ratings. The engine’s stand-still punch comes from the combination of the twin-scroll supercharger, direct fuel injection, and continuously variable timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts. The Supra also boasts an impressive 0-to-60 in 4.1 seconds with a top track speed of 155 mph. A driving mode selector lets you toggle between Normal for standard street driving and Sport for performance, as this mode sharpens the throttle response, increases steering weight, improves transmission shift, and amplifies the sound of the exhaust.
Tech and Safety
The 3.0 grade gets a 6.5-inch central infotainment display with Bluetooth hands-free and Apple CarPlay. On the 3.0 Premium and Launch Edition, the central infotainment system is upgraded to an 8.8-inch screen with navigation, a rotary touch controller, Supra Connect telematics services (powered by BMW ConnectedDrive), a twelve-speaker premium JBL audio system, and a wireless smartphone charge port (the premium audio system and navigation are optional on the base model). Active safety features that are standard across the board are forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic high beams. There’s also an available Driver Assist Package for all three trims that adds more features such as full-speed adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sonar.