Last week, we asked our readers what they wanted to know about the 2020 Toyota GR Supra.
After spending some time with the model – both on and off the track – we’re ready to answer your questions about the highly anticipated sports car. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Bryceee asked “Why are all the vents fake?”
One of the more controversial styling decisions about the Supra is the car’s use of blocked off vents and intakes. Toyota says this did this on purpose as the car has been designed to be aftermarket friendly.
As a result, the plugs can be removed to improve brake cooling or send air where needed. The tuner focus extends beyond the exterior as the engine bay has cutouts in the plastic for an aftermarket strut tower brace. The car’s composite hatch has also been strengthened in anticipation of the installation of rear wings.
Mr. EP9 asked “Are there any rear seats in this thing?”
While previous generations of the Supra had rear seats, the 2020 model is a strict two-seater. The space behind the seats is occupied by a horizontal brace and a carpeted pass through to the trunk which only has a small opening.
TB asked a couple of questions including “Does it feel somewhat upscale or like a stripped car to save weight?” and “Does the fit / finish meet expectations for the cost?”
The Supra certainly feels like a premium product on multiple fronts as it a smooth ride and a luxurious interior with premium leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim. Virtually everything you touch is leather, metal or high-quality plastic. The only things that look or feel a bit cheap are the gloss black trim on the door panels and the JBL tweeters in the doors which have a large plastic surround.
The car comes nicely equipped in standard form but, I’d personally shell out the extra $4,000 for the Supra 3.0 Premium which adds heated leather seats, a wireless smartphone charger and an 8.8-inch infotainment system with navigation. The model also has a color head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay support and the aforementioned JBL audio system.
TechLegend wanted to know if the car feels underpowered compared to the BMW Z4 M40i?
In the US, the Z4 M40i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 382 hp (285 kW / 387 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. That’s 47 hp (35 kW / 48 PS) and 4 lb-ft (5 Nm) more than the Supra.
The difference is pretty sizable and it obviously has an impact on performance. In particular, the Z4 M40i accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) approximately 0.2 seconds faster than the Supra (both manufacturer times). However, both models are electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Unfortunately, the extra power comes at a significant cost as the Z4 M40i starts at $63,700. That makes the model $13,710 more expensive than the entry-level Supra and that’s almost enough to buy a Yaris.
What about a manual transmission?
As it stands, the 2020 GR Supra will be offered exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. We joked with Toyota about how many times they get asked about a manual and it’s clear they know there’s a lot of interest.
Unfortunately, there’s no clear cut answer about a stick. Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has previously said it’s “not an impossibility” and suggested demand will be the deciding factor. Speaking of the latter, Toyota has already received more than 40,000 requests for information about the Supra in the United States alone.
Nordschleife asked “Do you think it’s differentiated enough from the Z4 and has your feelings changed on its shared existence.”
That’s a question a lot of people have been asking and it’s worth noting the Supra and Z4 are far more different than the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. While the latter two sport cars are virtually indistinguishable from each other, the Supra and Z4 have unique styling inside and out.
While it’s true that the Supra’s cabin borrows heavily from the BMW parts bin, each interior is unique as it features a different design and layout. In fact, little of the switchgear actually carries over from new Z4. Instead, it’s largely sourced from slightly older BMW models.
We’ll also have more to say about the differences between the Z4 and Supra a bit later, so stay tuned.