No more leaks. No more teasers. No more camouflage. Finally, the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra is here to revive a storied nameplate, and though it's a BMW downstairs, it still packs turbocharged inline six power, rear wheel drive and aggressive looks.
You probably know the story back now, but I still get it in a little while. Meanwhile, it's important: 335 horsepower, 365 lb-ft torque, only 8-speed paddle shift and an impressive estimated zero to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. The top speed is limited to 155 mph and the weight comes in at 3,397 pounds.
Interestingly, it is 335 HP actually less powerful than the US market 2019 BMW Z4, with which it shares a platform and engine. This car is rated at 382 hp here, but at 340 hp in Europe and other markets, so Supra is closer to it.
Whatever kind of specs, for many enthusiasts everywhere, it has been a long time to come.
The most famous Supra, MKIV or A80 was interrupted in America in 1998 and throughout 2002 by tightening emission standards, Japan's recession and a globally declining sports car market. Its return has been the car magazine (and later the car blog) almost ever since, including the whispering of a hybrid or even mid-engine successor.
In 2012, Toyota announced a joint venture with BMW and years of spy shots and more rumors followed until 2019 BMW Z4 was finally revealed last summer. Since then, the rollout has been almost rude – a spy shot and leak and exhaust clips and pricing and misplaced tweet after another. Just give us the horrible car, every fan seemed to scream. We even ran a prototype back in September, which still carries camouflage.
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Supra and Z4 share almost all components, including a BMW engine with 3.0 liter double turbo The inline-six code is B58, for all your geeks, a BMW platform and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A four-cylinder Z4 is coming soon, and the same engine is also expected for Supra.
But as much as we enjoy a good BMW convertible, it has been Supra who has commanded the lion's share of attention – and rightly so. Over the past 20 years, it has evolved from just being the Toyota brand's last flagship sports coupe to a tuner legend, with mounts and pulling bikes everywhere that often build its 2JZ-GTE inline six to four-digit horsepower. The original Supra was a potent grand tourer – yet a heavy one – but it really came to its own when people began to trade it.
This new Supra is another animal. For one, it is a two-seat as Z4 is, unlike any Supra that has come before it. It has iDrive because it's a BMW! It is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and this time it was benchmarked against Porsche Cayman and Boxster. It seems to be more a cleaner sports car than the last time, although we are positive, the tuners will have fun with it, just as they did the smaller Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86.
The question is this: Will it run too much like a BMW to stand on its own, or will the experience be good enough for its German car magazines not to matter? We'll find out when we'll be driving it soon.
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