2020 Toyota Supra Debuts at Detroit Auto Show
We will never know how popular the Toyota Supra really is thanks to the 2001 Fast n Furious movie bump. Just last week a low mileage example of a 4th generation Supra went for triple digits at auction. The last Supra rolled off the assembly line in 2002, and Toyota has been teasing us with a new one ever since. The wait is finally over as the 2020 Toyota Supra debuted today at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Just the Facts on the 2020 Toyota Supra
Supra loyalists have been in a split debate over the 2020 Toyota Supra’s engine. Collaboration between Toyota and BMW to develop the ultra smooth 3.0 straight six engine used in models like the BMW M240i X-Drive. The straight six engine is good for 335 horsepower that will accelerate like a true sports car should with steady pull all the way to the redline. No news of a manual transmission for the future, but right now the Supra shifts gears with an 8-speed automatic.
With a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, curb weight under 3,400 lbs, and a 155 mph top speed, the 2020 Toyota Supra seems to have all the right numbers for what many loyal fans have been waiting for since 2003.
The 2020 will be rear wheel drive with front engine displacement. Toyota Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada told Road and Track that a second engine option will be offered on the new Supra. This engine will be a 2.0 four cylinder turbo capable of 252 horsepower and offer better weight distribution. Tada even said that 2.0 would be better suited for Supra buyers with 2JZ engine swaps in mind.
2020 Toyota Supra’s BMW DNA
The 2020 Toyota Supra shares a lot more with BMW than a straight six engine. The Supra shares a platform with the BMW Z4. Interior components are also taken from the BMW parts pin, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – unless you bleed Toyota red.
The fifth generation of the Supra stays true to its roots as Japanese two-seater sports coupe. The design is a classic body configuration with a long hood, fastback roof (with bubble top aero), ending in a dynamic rear end. The front end makes a person want to ask it, “Why so serious?” Too aggressive looking for what is meant to be a fun sports car meant to help forget the seriousness of life once the ignition sparks.
The overall design is more aggressive that the previous generation. Gone are the smooth body lines and replaced with bold edges that look like they want to slice and dice the air around it. Personally, I think the car looks like a Toyota FRS’ older brother, and I like the FRS.
The 2020 Toyota Supra is set to arrive in showrooms by summer 2019, and I say someone needs to start a pool on when the first one will be treated to an engine swap. Prices have been hovering around the 49k mark, but with BMW tech in its DNA it’s safe to assume the final MSRP will be over 50k.