- Low-slung and sleek
- Fast and powerful
- Promises excellent handling
- Too much BMW
- Some unnecessary curves
- No manual transmission
The Supra is back and the combination of Toyota racing and BMW engineering should make it a world-class sports car worthy of its revered name.
It's been a 21-year wait, but sports car fans finally get a new Supra from Toyota. The 2020 Toyota Supra returns as a hatchback coupe developed as a collaboration between Toyota Gazoo Racing and BMW. It features inline-6 power, which enthusiasts will view as a proper engine for a Supra.
The Supra will launch in three trim levels, 3.0, 3.0 Premium, and Launch Edition, all powered by a BMW-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that whips up 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque and sends it to the rear wheels. The lone transmission is an 8-speed automatic that Toyota estimates will launch the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 is expected later.
The fifth-generation Supra takes some of its design cues, mostly its basic shape, from the fourth-generation car of the 1990s. Its body, however, is more sculpted, with rounded organic shapes, creases for air ducts, and a nose that resolves into a semi-horse collar look. The Supra has classic sports car proportions with a long hood, a set-back cabin with a double-bubble roof design, wide rear haunches, and a short rear deck with a prominent spoiler.
Toyota promises a stiff structure with a perfect 50/50 weight balance and a low center of gravity. Underneath, it features aluminum front control arms to reduce unsprung weight, a five-link rear suspension also made from aluminum, and adaptive adjustable dampers. It also has an active rear differential, variable-assist and variable-ratio power steering, and 13.7-inch front brake rotors with four-piston calipers. The Supra rides on staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 255/35R19 up front and 275/35R19 out back. Total weight is 3,397 pounds.
Two drive modes are standard: Normal and Sport. Each mode adjusts the traction control, throttle response, steering weight, transmission shift points, differential tuning, and exhaust sounds.
The Supra's cockpit has two sport bucket seats and electronics from BMW. A 6.5-inch center screen is standard and so is the BMW iDrive rotary dial to control the infotainment functions. The 3.0 Premium and Launch Edition models get an 8.8-inch touchscreen and a touch version of the rotary dial. The instrument panel is a digital display, and a color head-up display is optional.
Standard features include keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, Alcantara seat upholstery, memory for the seats, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera, an automatic garage door opener, Bluetooth, and the 6.5-inch screen. The 3.0 Premium comes with heated leather seats, the 8.8-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive dial, Apple CarPlay compatibility, wireless phone charging, and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.
On the safety front, the Supra comes standard with forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active lane control, automatic high beams, and road sign recognition. Toyota also offers adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, and rear-end collision warning.
Prices start at $50,920 for the 3.0 and range up to $56,180, including destination, for the Launch Edition, which comprises the first 1,500 cars.
Look for the 2020 Toyota Supra to hit the market this summer.