The Toyota Supra is finally here, after almost two years of teasers, spy videos, and rumours. Toyota unveiled the Supra at the Detroit Motor Show, offering it as a halo product of its range.
The new 2020 Toyota Supra should find favour with both fanboys and driving enthusiasts when it goes on sale in spring 2019. Toyota jointly developed its latest sports car with BMW, with the latter using the new platform to introduce a new-generation Z4.
Up front, the new car's resemblance to the Supra line is pretty apparent through its headlamps.
Toyota is only offering the new Supra as a coupe for now, powered by a BMW-derived B58 3.0-litre, turbocharged straight-six engine making 335hp and 495Nm. Although the B58 can be stretched to produce around 380hp, modern engines are already so stressed that it is unlikely it will match the legendary power-churning capability of its predecessor, the 2JZ motor.
Unfortunately, the next variant Toyota will introduce to its brand-new sports car will sport a lower power output than the B58. Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has admitted that a four-cylinder model will arrive sometime in the future. Another downer is that Toyota is only offering a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, with no apparent plans to add a manual to the range.
Most of the 2020 Toyota Supra’s parts are lifted from the BMW parts bin. The component set called Cluster Architecture, aka CLAR, is used by BMW to underpin its larger offerings, beginning with the 3-Series. Toyota has used most steel stampings to handle most of the structural duty, although some body panels like the hood and door skins are made of aluminium, while the rear hatch is made of a composite material.
The 2020 Toyota Supra MK V takes distincly after an old coupe the Japanese firm used to sell, called 2000GT.
Ben Haushalter, Toyota’s product manager for the Supra explains, “The way the partnership worked is that the styling is 100 percent Toyota. We basically partnered with BMW for their platform and powertrains. Once we had decided on the hard points for the car, we sort of went our own ways.” The Supra development team focussed majorly on achieving a 50:50 weight distribution.
Upon launch, Toyota will offer 19-inch wheels on the new Supra wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tyres, measuring 255/35ZR up front and 275/35ZR out back. Adaptive dampers are also standard. With so much kit and performance, what price are we looking at? While Toyota has not released concrete numbers yet, expect the sports car to cost a little less than the BMW Z4, which costs AED 286,700 for an equivalent trim.