Some things are worth waiting for. It’s been more than two decades, but the Toyota Supra is back! The fifth-generation Supra, aka the 2020 Toyota GR Supra, made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month and is the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model. Years of waiting, anticipation, and speculation were over. You can hit the streets in the new Supra starting this summer.
History of the Supra
In 1978, Toyota debuted the first Supra as a premium, six-cylinder version to the Celica sports coupe. The second generation in the early 80’s marked the beginning of a more distinctive Supra design, separate from the Celica. There was a completely different front-end design and a Performance model with wider wheels and fender flares. The third-generation Supra, which debuted in 1986, was the first version with ties cut from the Celica. They were now two completely different models.
The fourth-generation model (A80) became an icon, introduced in 1993. The A80 used twin sequential turbochargers and had a 3.0-liter inline six engine with 320hp. It could go 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. It was produced until 2002 and became famous in video games and in the Fast and Furious films, gathering a strong following.
An everyday sports car and an occasional track car
The 2020 Supra features a chassis jointly developed by Toyota and BMW, which uses the platform for the Z4 roadster. Both cars have an eight-speed automatic transmission and turbocharged engines to select from, including a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo six that produces 335hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The new Supra has a top speed of 155 mph. It’s projected to have a 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes it the fastest Toyota-branded production vehicle. This Supra is also lighter and more powerful than its predecessors. It will be available in two grades: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition based on the 3.0 Premium.
The new sport seats feature integrated head restraints inspired by racing. The seats are narrow and feature shoulder bolsters to firmly hold the passengers. The 3.0 Premium grade features heated, leather-trimmed seats, and the 3.0 comes with Alcantara power seats with memory. The luggage area offers just enough space for two people to pack for a weekend getaway and is shaped to accommodate long items, like a track day toolkit.
On the the instrument panel, a high-definition color display projects a large-diameter, three-dimensional meter dial that consolidates the necessary performance driving information, like the tachometer and shift-timing indicator. The display is easy to read and shows multimedia information on the right. The Head-Up Display projects navigation and vital driving information ahead of the driver.
A bit of old, a bit of new
At first glance, you’d notice the similarities the 2020 Supra has with its predecessors, notably the A80 and the landmark 1967 Toyota 2000 GT. Common traits the new Supra shares with those models is a short wheelbase, sophisticated chassis, and a high-performance inline-six-cylinder engine. The double-bubble roof design pays homage to the 2000 GT as well as reduces drag. The front fascia is inspired by the A80, but packs more oomph. It features a prominent central grille section flanked by large intakes. The rear features a prominent, arching integrated spoiler, which helps suppress aerodynamic lift. The six-lens LED headlights have both daytime running lamps and turn signal functions, which makes the lighting in the new Supra very distinctive. The rear features a simple design of a main ring shape that houses the turn, tail, and stop light functions.
The 2020 Supra’s colorways reflect the feeling of driving a high-performance sports car. Colors include a bold Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow, and Downshift Blue. For more muted options, Phantom Matte Gray adds a bit of mystery and drama, and general staples like Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray, and Nocturnal Black are available as well. Learn More