The 2020 Toyota Supra | Officially in Stores This Summer

 
It’s been a long road for the 5th generation Toyota Supra. The rumors of a Toyota sports car to fill the gap that was left in the early 2000’s has been circulating since 2010. At the beginning of the decade, the rumors were hard to confirm, but the first Toyota engineered sports car was not the Supra. After several concept vehicles with promising aesthetics, the Scion FRS was born. As we all know, the Scion brand met an early grave, and the FRS reverted back to Toyota as the 86. A featherweight in the sports car world, the Toyota 86 sought out to cement itself as the perfect entry level sports car, fully adaptable to the customization of tuners and enthusiasts alike.

 
Although the Toyota 86 embodied the spirit of the legendary Corolla AE86, the demands of the 21st century are lust for raw power, not handling. Toyota understood the time to resurrect the Supra name was now or never. Arguably one of the most iconic vehicle of the 90’s, the fourth generation Toyota Supra brought a renewed sense of respect to Japanese sports cars in the latter part of the 20th century. In a world where American muscle cars and German sports sedans dominated, Toyota took the world by surprise with its bullet proof 2JZ motor. The heart of the 90’s Toyota Supra, the 2JZ engine, was one of the first to reach over 1000 horsepower reliably. The ability to squeeze power out of this platform and doing so without compromising the chassis or burning out pistons is what kept the Toyota Supra a household name for years to come.

 
 As the Toyota Supra left the US market in 1998, it gained momentum to achieve cult status. The A80 Toyota Supra took over magazines, posters, and became the star of one of the largest franchises in movie history, The Fast and The Furious. As pristine condition Toyota Supras became exclusive, the aftermarket value of the vehicles skyrocketed, with the latest clocking in at well over 6 figures!

Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Company president, understood the passion that sports car enthusiasts and Toyota fans felt. He himself admitted to racing in a 90’s Toyota Supra while surrounded by Porsches, BMWs, and Mercedes on the track. He knew that the enjoyment of sports cars for many was the ability to feel in tune with the vehicle, and this ethos was resonant in the entire engineering process of the 2020 Toyota Supra.

The first priority of Toyota engineers was getting the proper engine in the bay. As the A80 Supra became legendary through its inline-6 motor, implementing any other type of motor in the first model Supra in over 2 decades would have been deemed sacrilegious. Sourcing a new inline-6 motor would have driven R&D costs through the roof for Toyota, as the last of its inline-6 motors went out the door with the last generation Supra in favor of fuel efficient V4 and V6 engines. The ingenious approach was to create a partnership with a manufacturer that was still producing inline-6 motors, and share the development costs to bring about a new model for both brands. The brand in question came to light in 2014 being none other than BMW, who has been developing inline-6 engines consistently for decades.

  

For BMW, the joint venture was a no brainer. Getting exclusive access to Toyota’s development process and styling expertise helped them cut costs on the new model Z4, which had been long overdue a refresh. For Toyota, sourcing an already proven inline-6 engine with a capable chassis gave them the opportunity to allocate money towards the driving dynamics of the 2020 Toyota Supra. Although starting its heritage from the A80 Supra, Akio Toyoda’s goal was not to resurrect a direct replica of the 1990’s Supra, but instead reimagine it in a way that would honor the nameplate. Creating a vehicle with a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, excellent grip, handling, and turbo power was not an option, but a requirement.


 

After almost 10 years of development, the wait was worthwhile. In the official unveiling at the North American Auto Show, Toyota President Akio Toyoda gave the world the final official specifications they had been waiting for:

  • ·        2 Trims: 3.0 Base & 3.0 Premium
  • ·        MSRP Starting at $49,990
  • ·        335hp and 365lb-ft of torque
  • ·        3.0L Twin Scroll Turbo Inline 6
  • ·        8-speed automatic transmission
  • ·        0-60mph in 4.1 seconds
  • ·        Top speed limited 155mph
  • ·        255/35R/19 Front and 275/35R/19 Rear
  • ·        3,397lb Curb Weight
  • ·        Standard Adaptive Variable Suspension
  • ·        Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • ·        6.5” Infotainment & optional 8” Infotainment
  • ·        Colors Available: Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow, Downshift Blue, Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray, Nocturnal Black, and Phantom Matte Gray

The fifth generation Toyota Supra will be iconic in another fashion, as it may be one of the last true sports cars of a dying breed as more and more car models succumb to electrification. Check out our inventory here for Toyota Supra inventory at Gray-Daniels Toyota, and for more information on the history of the Toyota Supra check out our last blog here