2020 Toyota Supra First Review
- Iconic Toyota Supra nameplate returns for 2020
- Boasts 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque from turbo inline-6
- Jointly developed with BMW Z4 Roadster
- Offered in Supra 3.0, 3.0 Premium and Launch Edition trims
- Priced from $49,990 plus $930 delivery
- Goes on sale July 22, 2019
The rebirth of Toyota’s iconic Supra has been one of the most anticipated vehicle launches of the past couple years. The wait is now over as the 2020 Toyota Supra -- the Toyota GR Supra, to be precise -- is here, offering a blend of stout performance from its twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine and sharp handling from a rear-drive chassis that deftly balances cornering ability with ride comfort. Jointly developed with BMW but independently tuned by Toyota, the 2020 Supra is a coupe variant of the same platform that underpins BMW’s new Z4 Roadster.
When designing the all-new fifth-generation Supra, Toyota’s goal was to craft a true sports car. Helping achieve that goal is the application of serious performance gear across the Supra lineup. Even the base-level Supra 3.0 trim includes a sport suspension with adaptive dampers, an electronically-controlled locking differential, staggered 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and 4-piston Brembo front brake calipers that clamp 13.7-inch rotors. Whatever Supra you buy, it’s going to be quick.
How much does the new Toyota Supra cost?
The 2020 Toyota Supra starts at $49,990, and the top-tier Supra 3.0 Premium model is priced from $53,690. A limited number of special Launch Edition models will also be offered for $55,250.
When does the 2020 Toyota Supra go on sale?
The 2020 Toyota Supra is scheduled to begin arriving at dealers on July 22nd of this year.
Toyota Supra engine and transmission
The 2020 Toyota Supra is powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine making 335 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 365 lb-ft of torque from 1,600-4,500 rpm. Part of the joint-development program with BMW, the engine not only delivers power smoothly with minimal vibration, its consistent with earlier Supra models which were also offered with inline six powerplants.
Mounted aft the engine and driving the rear axle is an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission that allows for a sequential shift mode via steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters or via the console-mounted shift lever.
Toyota Supra fuel economy
The all-new Toyota Supra has an EPA fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.
How many people does the Toyota Supra seat?
The new Supra is strictly a 2-seat sports coupe, foregoing the vestigial rear seats of previous Supra models.
Toyota Supra Interior
Peek inside the 2020 Supra’s interior and you’ll find a sleek, sporting, and functional cabin. You’ll also find numerous giveaways that the Toyota Supra shares much of its componentry with BMW. Mind you, that’s not a bad thing. The switches, climate controls, and infotainment system control knob all operate with a satisfyingly German feel. Plus, the Supra is the first Toyota we know of that offers wireless CarPlay, a feature common among BMWs.
Passenger comfort is another high point inside the new Supra. The new model might only have two seats, but those two seats are fantastic. The standard units offer driver-side memory and 14-way power adjustment including seatback width and 4-way lumbar support. While seated in those supportive and comfy perches, occupants enjoy abundant space. During the track portion of our test, our driver had ample clearance between his helmet and the headliner. Hidden out back beneath the rear hatch is a large, covered storage area, perfect for a weekend’s worth of luggage…or spare tires for a day at the racetrack.
Toyota Supra Exterior
The new Supra’s exterior was inspired by the Toyota FT-1 Concept. That concept’s swoopy style was grafted onto a platform shared with BMW and sporting a wide track and super short wheelbase (4-inches shorter than the tiny Toyota 86). The Supra’s short stance yields wonderful agility on a race track but creates long front and rear overhangs that, to some eyes, look ungainly. Elsewhere, numerous non-functional vents and intakes either add visual excitement or needless interruption of the Supra’s body lines, depending on your tastes.
Regardless of trim, all Supras ride on staggered-width 19-inch wheels shod in grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Behind those wheels, Premium and Launch Edition Supras feature red brake calipers. Up front, 6-lens LED headlights accentuated by LED running lights add stylistic pizzazz while the rear (our favorite angle) boasts a kicked-up decklid inspired by the hoop spoiler found on the fourth-generation Supra Turbo.
How does the 2020 Toyota Supra drive?
Our stylistic complaints about the 2020 Toyota Supra’s short wheelbase are tempered by its elevated handling prowess. On a racetrack the new Supra changes direction with precision and panache, thanks in part to that short wheelbase. This is a car that lives to turn. And while doing so, its Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires provide impressive grip. As a racetrack plaything, the Supra makes a brilliant partner. That fun-loving nature happily extends to the street as well.
Matching its lateral abilities is a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine providing exhilarating but measured thrust. The Supra is properly quick but not frighteningly so. For numbers fans, zero- to 60-mph sprints take only 4.1 seconds. Keep the accelerator floored and velocity eventually tops out at 155 miles per hour. Interestingly, the Supra is not offered with a manual transmission. Thankfully the 8-speed automatic is a sweetheart, dishing out near seamless shifts when cruising and responding swiftly to inputs from the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Driven in the real world, the all-new Toyota Supra rides well. Standard adaptive dampers keep the suspension reasonably soft during simple commutes, though engaging Sport mode promptly stiffens the dampers for more aggressive cornering.
2020 Toyota Supra prices and trims
Prices below don’t include $930 delivery fee.
2020 Toyota GR Supra 3.0
Starting price: $49,990
The base Supra 3.0 model features a 6.5-inch display with Bluetooth connectivity and iPod capability. The 14-way sport seats are clad in Alcantara and leather. Stepping up to navigation and a premium JBL audio system will add $2,460.
2020 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium
Starting price: $53,690
Moving up to the Supra 3.0 Premium adds an upgraded 8.8-inch wide-format touchscreen that include navigation, Supra Connect telematic apps, wireless Apple CarPlay, JBL premium audio with 12 speakers, wireless phone charging and a color head-up display. The seats are also heated with leather upholstery.
2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition
Starting price: $55,250
The initial run of 1,500 2020 Supra models built for the U.S. will be special Launch Edition versions. Each features a unique number plate and will come in Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black or Renaissance Red 2.0. The models also sport high-contrast red mirror caps and 19-inch forged matte black alloy wheels.
The white and black versions come with a red interior including a red console, while the red Launch Edition features a black cabin with black console. The interior has race-inspired sport seats, carbon fiber accents and a number plate affixed to the passenger side dash complete with the signature of Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda.
Standard safety features on all Supra models include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, road sign assist and automatic high beams. An optional $1,195 Driver Assist package is available on all three trims and brings full-speed adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, sonar parking assist and a rear collision warning system.
The 2020 Toyota Supra is covered by Toyota’s standard 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Like all Toyotas, the Supra will also come with 2-year/25,000-mile complimentary maintenance.
2020 Toyota GR Supra vs. 2020 BMW Z4
Since they were jointly developed, it’s only natural to compare the 2020 Supra to the latest BMW Z4. The biggest difference is that one’s a closed coupe and the other’s a soft-top convertible. While the Supra comes basically in one state of tune with different features depending on whether you select a 3.0, 3.0 Premium or Launch Edition, the Z4 offered two distinct variants, the standard Z4 30i model and the higher performance Z4 M40i Roadster. The Z4 30i is powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter 4-cyinder engine making 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The M40i version uses the inline 6-cylinder tuned to 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. BMW says this model accelerates to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Both are equipped 8-speed automatic transmissions. The BMW Z4 sDrive 30i starts at $49,700, an M Sport version with suspension upgrade is $52,650, while the M40i model is $63,700. All prices exclude $995 delivery.
2020 Toyota GR Supra vs. 2019 Corvette Stingray
While the Corvette is larger and more powerful, the driving dynamics and pricing make this a natural comparison. The 2019 Corvette will be the last of the front-engine models with the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette on the way, so there may be some fairly attractive deals on the Chevy, which starts at $55,900 for the base Stingray. The 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 produces 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. You can get either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic in the Corvette, which has the added benefit of a removable roof panel so it covers virtually the same bases as the Supra coupe and Z4 roadster. Even though the footprint is larger, the Corvette comes in at a relatively svelte 3,298-pound curb weight. Given the V8 power and prospect of closeout pricing, the Corvette offers plenty of bang for the buck.
2020 Toyota GR Supra vs. 2019 Porsche Cayman
The mid-engine Porsche Cayman offers 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter flat 4-cylinder engine. The Cayman is about the same size as the Supra, riding on a 97.4-inch wheelbase and measuring 172.4 inches overall. It tips the scales at 2,944 pounds when equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed dual clutch automatic is optional. Porsche says the Cayman can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with the manual and 4.6 seconds with the automatic. Pricing on the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman starts at $56,900 plus $1,200 destination.
Toyota Supra key specs
3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine
335 horsepower @ 5,000-6,500 rpm
365 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift
Brembo disc brakes with 4-piston front and 1-piston rear calipers
172.5-inch overall length
3,397-pound curb weight
2020 Toyota Supra Interior and Exterior Photos