2020 Toyota Supra
In January 2019, the fifth-generation Supra made its debut at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan. Introduced in 1978 with the Celica A40, the car became an instant favorite, only to be discontinued in 1998 after the A80 edition. Enthusiasts clamored for years to get it back, and speculation finally turned to fact when Toyota and BMW began collaborating on a simultaneous redesign of their respective roadsters. The Supra and the BMW Z4 share a platform, engine, transmission, and much more, including design and technology elements. But while the Z4 will be available from the start with a manual transmission, Toyota has only said that it will consider adding a stickshift version of the Supra if consumer demand makes a strong enough case for it.
Design and Standard Features
The ‘20 Supra takes its design roots straight from its predecessors, particularly those manufactured from 1993 to 2002. However, this reborn Supra is definitely different. Toyota has positioned the engine low and as far back as it could to create a 50:50 weight balance while optimizing front-to-rear aerodynamic balance. Look at the front fascia and you’ll see a prominent grille with large air intakes. Towards the back of the vehicle, the requisite spoiler prevents lift, keeping the car planted at top speed. Of course, a machine this special wants its drivers to be able express their individuality. That’s why the paint palette will include charismatic colors such as Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow, Downshift Blue, and Phantom Matte Gray, which will give the car a futuristic flair.
There will be two trim levels, 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a very limited (the first 1,500 units produced) Launch Edition based on the 3.0 Premium. While the base 3.0 will have power seats with memory, the 3.0 Premium’s seats will be heated leather. Standard comfort and convenience features available for both trims will be keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power folding mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Supra gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six BMW engine that delivers 335 horsepower and 365 pounds-feet of torque. Even at very low rpm, the torque is mighty thanks to the magical combination of a twin-scroll supercharger, direct fuel injection, and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Paired to the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides effortlessly quick shifting. The Supra is said go from 0 to 60 in an impressive 4.1 seconds and have a top track speed of 155 mph. It will also have two driving modes to select from: Normal and Sport. Sport mode will allow for track-driving capability by reducing the effects of traction and stability control while also providing a more direct throttle response.
Safety Features and Technology
Active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Also included as standard is adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear-end collision warning. In terms of tech, the 3.0 will feature a 6.5-inch display operated by the console rotary controller, in addition to Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The 3.0 Premium upgrades to an 8.8-inch touchscreen system complete with navigation, a rotary touch controller, Supra Connect telematic services, a twelve-speaker JBL audio system, and a wireless smartphone charge port. Both the navigation and JBL audio system will be optional for the 3.0.