The 2020 Toyota GR Supra Unveiled

For most car enthusiasts, the name Supra brings back fond memories of driving one of the most iconic cars in automotive history. From the very first Supra, the A40, followed by A50, A60, A70, and the venerable A80. The all-new 2020 Toyota GR Supra is finally here and as expected, it is getting everyone excited. Can this latest iteration continue this legendary sports car’s reputation?

The Supra Lineage

When it was initially launched in 1978, the Supra was actually designed and built on the Toyota Celica platform. This was how the Supra was created up to the second generation, the A60 which was produced from 1981 to 1985. Finally, the third generation (A70) saw the Supra separating from the Celica in terms of the platform used.

Then in 1993 came the A80 Supra which is arguably the most popular of the four generations. This version sealed the Supra’s reputation as a serious high-performance car with a 3.0L engine capable of producing 276HP and 280PS.

However, sales of sports cars went down by the late 1990s leading to Toyota withdrawing the Supra from the US market. But now after almost 20 years, this legendary car is making a comeback and it is hard not to notice it.

The Toyota and BMW Partnership

To create the 2020 Supra, Toyota collaborated with the German luxury vehicle manufacturer, BMW. This, in turn, made some Supra enthusiasts slightly worried as they were not sure what the outcome might look like. Needless to say, the end product is awesome!

But why the need for such a partnership in the first place? As any car nut would know, it is quite expensive to design and build a new car using a new platform. It is cheaper and makes more business sense, to either create one using an existing platform or to partner with another car manufacturer to supply some of the parts. And this is what happened for the Toyota Supra.

At the heart of this coupe is the powerplant and for it to be a true Supra, Toyota needed an inline-six engine. The company turned to BMW who is known for designing and building reliable and robust inline-six engines. And it’s not only that as the Supra is actually based on the BMW Z4 as these two vehicles share a number of components from the engine to the suspension and the chassis.

What to See on the 2020 Toyota GR Supra

Where else should we start but the exterior? The Supra is a beautifully designed and engineered sports car retaining the look and feel of the previous generations. This is one car you certainly would want to be seen driving around.

It features a wide grille designed to push cool air into the turbocharged engine. It has jewel-like LED lights that easily grab the attention of both drivers and pedestrians. It also has a double-bubble roof that brings to mind the equally legendary 2000GT. It is actually a practical design as it gives more headspace in case you will be taking the Supra to the tracks and you will be required to wear a helmet.

It is when you sit inside the Supra where you will realize the BMW influence to the vehicle. The dashboard, including infotainment and the switches, are clearly BMW, thanks to the fact that it was directly based on the Z4. It is actually a good thing since the cabin looks and feels premium, from the iDrive controls to the shifter. Also, the cabin is quite snug but that’s typical of most cars in this segment.

The Engine and Powertrain

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six engine that’s powerful and responsive. It produces 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque capable of making the Supra go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and with a top speed of 155 mph.

This sports coupe is a rear-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic transmission. And while the AT is smooth and reliable, sadly there is no manual transmission that surely many racing enthusiasts would have preferred. The transmission is more than capable for the race track as well as for daily city driving.

Brembo calipers give the Supra the stopping power it needs. It has 19-inch alloy wheels paired with performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

It uses a double-joint McPherson strut suspension in the front and a multi-link independent suspension in the rear. An adaptive suspension provides the Supra the right balance between stiffness and comfort.

The Legend Has Arrived

The long wait is over, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra is here and it continues the great heritage of the Supra name and tradition. Toyota listened to its fans and did not disappoint with this latest offering. All that is missing is for you to give it a go.

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