• First new Supra sports coupe in 21 years
  • Rear-drive, powered by 335-hp turbo inline-6
  • 8-speed automatic, no manual
  • Goes on sale this summer
  • Pricing starts at $49,900

 

After years and years of speculation then confirmation, Toyota has taken the wraps off the 2020 Supra sport coupe. Debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Toyota Supra revives a nameplate not seen since 1998.

For enthusiasts who have known about the Supra since it debuted in 1978 as a Celica variant, to millennials who learned about it in “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, the wait for the all-new, fifth-generation Supra is almost over. The new model is set to go on sale this summer.

Two trims, plus a launch edition

The 2020 Supra will be offered in two trims: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, plus a special Launch Edition that’s based on the Premium trim. All models are powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine that makes 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. As with prior Supras, this new one will be rear-wheel drive. An 8-speed automatic will be the only transmission offered.

Toyota estimates the new Supra will go 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds – that’s respectably fast. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The Supra is the result of a joint effort with BMW, and this new Toyota sports coupe shares its platform and engine with the also-new Z4 roadster from the German luxury automaker. Toyota, however, says the performance and handling targets are specific to the Supra. And part of the car’s testing on the famed Nürburgring in Germany was performed by none other than Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda.

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Sweeping, muscular design

As with past Supra coupes, the new one retains a sweeping, muscular exterior design. This production model is clearly influenced by the FT-1 concept that debuted in 2014, which was penned at Toyota’s Calty design center in Newport Beach, California.

At 172.5 inches in length, the Supra is about half a foot longer than the Toyota 86 coupe, though at 97.2 inches, the Supra’s wheelbase is shorter than that of its smaller brother. Toyota points to the new Supra’s short wheelbase as having a kinship with the last, 4th-gen Supra, as well as the 1967 Toyota 2000 GT.

Toyota promises precise handling thanks to a 50:50 weight balance and a standard active rear differential. Adaptive suspension will also aid ride and performance.

The Supra also flaunts a “double-bubble” roof design that hearkens to the fabled 2000 GT, prominent rear fender flares covering standard 19-inch wheels, twin exhaust outlets, a substantial integrated rear spoiler, and a prominent hood, trapezoidal grille, and 6-lens LED headlights.

Exterior colors will include bold hues like red, yellow and blue, along with other tones like silver, white, gray and black. A matte gray finish will also be offered for the new Supra.

2-passenger cockpit

Inside, the Supra features a 2-passenger cockpit. Here is where the collaboration with Germany’s BMW is clearly evident. The infotainment display mounted on top of the dash – 6.5-inch in standard models and 8.8 inches in Premium models – will look familiar to anyone who has seen the new Z4 roadster. That’s also the case with the rotary touch dial that controls the functions seen on the screen.

Other interior features include Apple CarPlay compatibility and a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system and telematics services, but only on Supra Premium models. Base models will have power-adjustable Alcantara seats, while Premium grades get heated, leather-upholstered variants.

Toyota is again marketing the Supra as a premium grand touring car that can be a daily driver and an occasional track car. Standard features include keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a universal garage remote, power-folding mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include navigation and a heads-up display.

Safety systems included

While the Supra was born to perform, it’s still a Toyota, and that means it comes with the brand’s suite of safety features. Standard on every new Supra will be forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam operation and road-sign recognition.

Additional active safety and driver-assist systems include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear-end collision warning.

As we’ve noted, the new Supra will go on sale this summer, and it marks the first global model developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing, international umbrella of Toyota’s motorsport program. The Supra sports coupe will be built in Austria alongside the BMW Z4 by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr.

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Launch Edition, Pricing

The first 1,500 Supra models bound for the U.S. will be Launch Edition models starting at $55,250. Going on sale this summer, it will be offered in Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black or Renaissance Red 2.0, each featuring high-contrast red mirror caps and 19-inch forged matte black alloy wheels. The white and black versions have red interiors, the red exterior treatment will be black inside. These models include a numbered carbon-fiber badge on the passenger's side of the dashboard complete with a graphic of Toyota Motor Corporation President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda’s signature.

Pricing for the Supra starts at $49,990 for the 3.0 model, and $53,990 for the 3.0 Premium. Delivery on all models is $990. The 3.0 version can be equipped with a premium JBL sound system and navigation for $2,460 extra, while all models have an available Driver Assist package with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, parking sonar and rear collision warning for $1,195 more. 

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