Less than a month after Toyota resurrected the Supra with all-new looks and mechanicals, the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has now given us the GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD, a visual idea of how future owners can upgrade their cars.
The new aero parts that are on the new TRD concept were developed in the wind tunnel to produce tangible gains in downforce and stability.
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While for many the move might seem hasty, a re-entry of such an iconic moniker won’t come with performance just as soon as we might expect.
The tweaks introduced in the new models only extends till the cosmetics and are mostly aero-focussed with plenty of light-weight materials. While it is indeed sad to see that TRD didn’t touch the inline-six engine, the car might be faster due to a rich carbon-fibre rich diet. The same aero parts that are on the new TRD concept were developed in the wind tunnel to produce tangible gains in downforce and stability. Also included in the concept is a front-spoiler, side skirt, door garnish, trunk spoiler and rear spats.
The new Supra also doesn’t sport the standard 19-inch wheels anymore. TRD has instead opted for a different design for the 19-inchers which we can say does look good. However, beauty is subjective and Toyota claims that the new wheels are not lighter and will bring nothing on the performance table.
The TRD Supra comes with the same 19-inch wheels but with a new design.
At its launch, the Toyota Supra was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show with the 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.
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 a few body panels like the hood and door skins are made of aluminium, while the rear hatch is made of a composite material.