Will the reborn sports car live up to the hype?
The 2020 Toyota Supra is one of the most hyped performance cars this year, and we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel and driving it in full production form very soon. Although we’ve sampled prototypes before, there are still a number of questions we have about this German-Japanese sport coupe—and we hope to finally get answers before long. Keep reading for six burning questions we have about the 2020 Toyota Supra, and stay tuned for our review of a production-ready model soon.
More on the 2020 Supra:
- 2020 Toyota Supra Design: From FT-1 Concept to Production
- 2020 Toyota Supra Performance: Horsepower, Suspension, and TRD
- 2020 Toyota Supra Interior: Our First Look Inside
- Behind the Wheel: 2020 Toyota Supra vs. 2020 BMW Z4
- Toyota Supra History: Looking Back at Toyota’s Sports Car
- 2020 Toyota Supra Prototype Review: The Legendary Nameplate Returns
Is it more than just a rebodied BMW Z4?
A product of BMW and Toyota’s partnership, the 2020 Supra shares its underpinnings and powertrain with the new Z4 roadster. So naturally, questions abound as to how similar or different the two cars are. If you ask Toyota, it will tell you the chassis, engine, and transmission—all of which come from BMW’s parts bin—have been calibrated by its own research and development team. Based on our drive of an early Supra prototype and a pre-production Z4, we believe that, as the two cars we drove had their own distinct personalities. Still, we’re very interested to see how the production version turns out.
Can it hang with its sports car competitors?
With an estimated 0–60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a curb weight of around 3,400 pounds (1,542 kg), the 2020 Toyota Supra is lighter than its predecessor. Its near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, sticky tires, and low center of gravity should help it take on competitors like the Porsche 718 Cayman, Jaguar F-Type, Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, and others. A few laps in a production-spec Supra should give us an idea where it stands.
At more than $50K USD to start, is it worth the money?
Priced starting at $50,920 USD, the 2020 Supra is expensive for a Toyota, but reasonably affordable for a BMW-based sports car. Sure, for a little less money you could choose a V-8-powered pony car track special like the Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack or Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE. You could also spend a bit more and get something like a Porsche Cayman. But if the Supra’s driving experience lives up to the hype, it could be a performance bargain.
Does the Supra need more power?
The 2020 Toyota Supra produces 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque from its BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6. Although that represents a healthy gain from its predecessor, it’ll likely never be enough to please the internet’s legions of Mk V Supra haters. As adequate as 335 hp sounds, it’s worth noting that the same engine in the BMW Z4 M40i makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. Will that difference feel negligible or will the Supra seem second-rate by comparison?
What’s with the “GR” part of the name and what will Gazoo Racing mean to Toyota going forward?
We don’t often repeat it, but the new Supra’s actual full name is 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Yes, the “GR” is part of the model name. Those letters stand for Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s global racing division that competes worldwide. Although TRD is more well-known in North America, Toyota decided to use the GR badge on the Supra, which could be an indication that it plans to do more with the GR name in this market. Is GR here to stay? And if so, what’s next from the performance sub-brand?
Is it a worthy successor to the MK IV Supra?
With its BMW-derived underpinnings, the fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra has proven controversial to say the least. The fact that both the Supra and Z4 were developed separately gives us hope that the MK V has enough Toyota DNA in it—and genuine sports car chops—to be worthy of its coveted badge.