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2020 Toyota GR Supra

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After what felt like an eternity of waiting and countless teasers, rumors and hype building images, Toyota has finally revealed the 2020 next generation Toyota Supra.  Before I give my opinion and review it lets start off by covering the specifications and details.  The 2020 Supra goes on sale in the summer of 2019 and will be available in two grades: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which will be based on the 3.0 Premium grade.  The new Supra’s 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota projects 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes this the quickest Toyota branded production vehicle to date (notice that basically means excluding Toyota made Lexus vehicles).

The new Supra design delivers a 50:50 weight balance while optimizing front-to-rear aerodynamic balance. Toyota sports car heritage is evident throughout. The double-bubble roof design, for example, recalls the Toyota 2000 GT and it reduces drag by shaving the roof center to reduce the projected frontal area without sacrificing occupant headroom.  The front fascia was inspired by the fourth-generation Supra, yet is even more expressive, with a prominent central grille section flanked by large air intakes. In the rear, the prominent, arching rear integrated spoiler, which helps to suppress aerodynamic lift, pays homage to the tall rear wing that was available on the fourth-gen Supra Turbo.  The car will come standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The rear wheels and tires are wider than on the front (rear tires: 275/35R19; front tires: 255/35R19) to enhance grip, and performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are fitted. Brakes are large at all four corners, highlighted by 13.7-in. front rotors held by 4-piston Brembo calipers.  Standard on all Supras is Adaptive Variable Suspension.  Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist.

Now that we have all of the press release specs out of the way I want to mention that it was said that Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nürburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback as a Master Driver to ensure this new model would exceed the expectations of Toyota Supra fans across the globe.  And this is where I stop being friendly.  I can not, I repeat, can not be more disappointed in this car!  First and foremost for those of you who don’t know this car is jointly built with BMW and is closely tied to the BMW Z4 and by that I mean it is literally a direct copy of the BMW Z4.  I mean honestly the cars have the exact same drive terrain, and if you compare the pictures of the two interiors you can tell that Toyota didn’t even try, I mean the Supra clearly has a 100% BMW interior with a few changed badges.  You may be able to get away with rebadging Mazda 3s and calling them Corolla IMs and so on but you can’t pull off that kind of a stunt with a legendary name such as the Supra.  I mean honestly this isn’t a Supra at all, it is just a rebadged BMW Z4.  Moving on from that point how does it only make 335 hp, a standard model BMW 3 series coupe makes that kind of power, you would expect the Supra to be closer tied to M series performance if comparing it to the BMW line or the cars that it originally compared to, the NSX and GTR all of which have been redesigned and make way more power than the upcoming Supra.  A serious short coming here and basically a punchline going forward.  I honestly cant believe that the statement above was released stating that a Master Driver was insuring that the Supra faithful would be happy, I mean come on, was he drunk?

My last complaint, and my biggest complaint, no manual trans option, I mean its a Supra, give us a manual.  I understand if the Lexus sports car doesn’t offer it, but come in this is a Toyota.  Long story short I find that Toyota completely missed the boat here and could have come out with an amazing car much like Nissan did with the new GTR and Honda did with the NSX but they did’t, they chose to be lazy and basically badge engineered a BMW Z4.  I genuinely believe in this car still having some good abilities on a track as BMW has proven itself there, but it just isn’t a Supra and this car will be a disappointment to the name regardless of how well it ends up performing, selling or being taken in by the aftermarket.  Shame on you Toyota. 

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Damir Pecenkovic is a passionate car enthusiast, photographer, race car driver, graphic designer, computer nerd, video editor and basketball player all rolled up in to one. Damir is currently the owner of DecalCutter.com and ShutterVelocity.com and is the founder and previous Editor in Chief of Performance Tuner Magazine. Damir currently drives the #19 Mazda MX-5 Miata for Circuit94 Racing. Damir loves to discuss cameras, computers and cars so jump in and join the conversation.

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