2020 Toyota Supra: We’re Driving It, What Do You Want To Know?

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

  • mas921

    This is awesome! Please ask the following:

    1-in the GT Sport Supra series event Tada san said 1 year before A90 launch, Gazoo Racing re-engineered the front end to move the Engine 50mm towards the firewall….Did the Z4 also get its engine moved to the back 50mm like the Supra? and did the move (which is quite substantial) change anything in the front suspension geometry vs the older setup / Z4.

    2-Am holding off buying the new Supra **only** because am hoping for a **Manual** in MY2021+, how/where do I let Toyota know of this?

    3-Why the fully loaded JDM 3.0L weighs 1478kg/3258 lbs (as Greddy/TRUST Showed in their video when they were building Kawabata’s new D1GP drift A90) while the USDM 3.0L is like ~3400 lbs? does the USDM curb weight include the driver perhaps?

    4-Rumors are the test mule did a 7:38 around nurburgring, which is faster than a Cayman GT4 with Mich. Cup2’s!, can you guys confirm this? Tada-san did say 7:50-7:40 range for the current car but i wish they would confirm the 7:38 thingy

    5- Just why 5×112???? >____<…… 5×120 was perfectly fine…..

    • MRCLKBLACK

      Although I don’t know the answer to your first question, the engine position should theoretically be the same. Engine and transmission mounting points are one of the big cost saving points on shared platforms.

      An example is the VW MQB. The MQB dictates that everything around the height of the A-pillar must be the same (steering column and of course engine and transmission mountings).

      • mas921

        understood!
        which makes me even more intrigued to know, as “Toyota” said it *did* change the engine location only 1 year to reveal, not sure if BMW got the bill or not.

  • Nordschleife

    Do you think it’s differentiated enough from the Z4 and has your feelings changed on its shared existence.

  • baofe

    Does this BMW have turn signals?

    • Lucius

      No, it has blinklichts

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      “…We’ve driven prototypes of both, and each have their own personality. Unlike the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ “Toyobaru” platform-sharing coupes–which are nearly indistinguishable from each other in styling or feel–the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 have their own distinct personality, body, interior design and package, and driving dynamics. So don’t be tempted to say they are the same car: One with a roof and one without. The Supra is every bit the slick Toyota you expect it would be and should be.” -Chris Walton, author from MotorTrend

  • Yishay

    My eyes!

  • Bash

    Is it as easy to drift and as sensational to drive as the old one?

    • Kyle Newberry

      Well should be, except it still can’t compete with that Rx7 😉

  • Lucius

    Ask if they are gonna go in the “sport” direction (a manual transmission) – OR – as is most likely, are they going in a “lame” direction (electrification and self-driving)? People apparently don’t remember what made cars fun… Sad

  • BlackPegasus

    Ask Toyota how stupid must Supra loyalists be to pay $55k for rebadged Z4?

    • illogicalPotato

      Pretty smart actually, considering most of the Supra forums love it. Sounds like they’re gonna get away with it.

  • salamOOn

    count the buttons inside the cabin!

  • MRCLKBLACK

    I just don’t understand the hatred for the shared platform and people wondering if it’s different enough from the Z4. Tetsuya Tada clearly said that it was the Toyota side (pretty much himself) that dictated width and wheelbase of the platform and thus the way these two cars will perform. Even though the the Z4 was released earlier, the way it performs is thanks to the Supra

    • illogicalPotato

      You will find plenty of bitter hate filled people on these comment sections. Don’t fret though it’s not all bad. The people are just a bit more outspoken with their hatred.

  • WalthamDan

    $$55k for something that looks like it was designed by the current team of Prius designers? How do these horrific styles get by an approval board at Toyota?

    • steve

      Because the board also has horrible styling taste. I keep thinking these bozos can’t make the cars any uglier, but then something like this gets vomited out of some styling committee. I want to ask the question: Did you throw up from the ugliness when you saw it in person?

  • dumblikeyou2

    Does it smell like Japanese plastic inside or German plastic? Because if the Japanese interior effect doesn’t come through and remind me of my youth in the 80s and 90s then it may not work for me.

  • LJ

    Why is Gamora?

  • ErnieB

    Is it as small IRL as it looks in pics?

  • bryceee

    Why are all the vents fake?

  • Lucius

    Are they paying Douglas Adams royalties for making the car look like the ship from the original Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy TV show?

  • Shahul Usman

    if I just buy a Z4 I get free maintenence.. why would someone buy this instead??

    • TechLegend

      Well… you’re paying a 15k premium. Did you know a 4cyl with fewer options cost about the same price as the new Supra? Just saying… a z4 sDrive40i cost $70k when spec’d out similarly. .

  • Mr. EP9

    Are there any useless rear seats in this thing?

  • Hugh M

    In all videos, the engine sound very artificial inside the cabine? How is it in reality?

  • SteersUright

    why wouldnt everyone want the better looking and more powerful Z4 over this?

    • MRCLKBLACK

      It’s not more powerful than the Z4 here in europe and I personally find it better looking.

    • TechLegend

      for starters… it cost 20k more for the same equipment, it’s probably not as track focused, and it’s a drop top, which may be a bonus. Both cars are similar. I personally do not think the new z4 looks pretty. The concept was beautiful. Production car… not so much.

  • TechLegend

    Questions:

    – How does it compare to the z4?
    – Does the detuned B58 feel that much more underpowered than the BMW 385hp variants?
    – Does the interior feel as good as the BMW? Since they share most the same parts… curious if it has iDrive
    – Where is it apparent that Toyota had a part in it’s development? I know they were there for the QC and suspension tuning. What else?
    – Are the seats easy to adjust for a taller person? I know the rear seats in the old supra were worthless for carrying people, but they were amazing for storage and reclining the front seats. That’s one thing that I will miss… I could throw a backpack in my back seat without having to put it in the trunk. Also, room for the occasional girl that needed a ride, but I had a tall dude in the passenger.
    – Does it feel like a supra successor?
    – Ask Toyota if we can get a Targa. =)

  • Stealth333

    Ask the car why it only comes in lame automatic LOL

  • TB

    – Does it have the spirit of Supra’s from the past?
    – Is it basically just a beefier F86?
    – How does it compare to it’s competitors performance/handling wise?
    – Does it feel somewhat upscale or like a striped car to save weight?
    – Is it worth the cost?
    – Is it worth the hype?
    – Is it worthy of the Supra badge?
    – Does it do the Supra name justice?

  • MonkeyRider

    Only time will tell.

  • javier

    i got a question, why is the car so ugly, k thanks

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