The Supra sports coupe is returning to the United States after a 21 year absence and we’ll be leaving soon to find out if it can live up to the (huge) expectations Toyota has created during its long gestation period.
Unveiled at the North American Auto Show in January, the 2020 GR Supra is a result of a unique partnership with BMW. As a result, the model has a BMW-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 365 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque.
The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels through an active limited-slip differential. This setup enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The Supra will go on sale this summer and pricing starts at $49,990 for the entry-level 3.0 variant, which comes equipped with Alcantara seats and a 6.5-inch infotainment system as standard. The Supra 3.0 Premium is $4,000 more expensive, but adds a number of luxury features including heated leather seats, a wireless smartphone charger and a 12-speaker JBL premium audio system. Buyers will also find a color head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay support and a larger 8.8-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.
The first 1,500 Supras to arrive in America will be Launch Editions which build on the Supra 3.0 Premium and cost $55,250. Available exclusively in Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black or Renaissance Red 2.0, all Launch Editions will have carbon fiber trim, red mirror caps and 19-inch forged wheels with a matte black finish.
The obvious question is whether it will prove to be just a rebadged BMW (as some claim), or have its own, distinct identity despite their many shared components (as Toyota swears). An important consideration, and one that will could make or break the car’s street cred. Bimmers are nice and dandy, but this has to be a Supra and not a tarted-up, fixed-top Z4, or else both the Press and fans will bash it mercilessly.
So, before we actually get behind the wheel of the all-new Supra and deliver our verdict, we’d like to hear what you want to know about the car. We’ll answer them after we drive the car and talk to Toyota officials, thus feel free to shoot in the comments right below.
Note: Prices exclude a delivery, processing and handling fee of $930