Unlike The New Z4, The 2020 Supra Offers Apple CarPlay – But There’s A Catch

Toyota has confirmed that buyers of the 2020 Supra will receive four years of Apple CarPlay functionality for free.

Now, one might wonder why that is so important; after all, many car manufacturers, including Toyota, offer Apple CarPlay for free to their customers. However, BMW charges its customers $80 a year for CarPlay support and because the Supra shares its infotainment with the BMW Z4, there was a chance the Japanese automaker would also make its customers pay for the service.

“I followed up on this and was told that Toyota is offering Apple CarPlay compatibility to Supra customers for a 4-year trial period,” company spokesperson Nancy Hubbell told Motor1. “Specifics regarding future subscription fees will be available at a later date.”

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It remains to be seen what will happen after this 4-year trial period but it is certainly possible Toyota will start charging customers to use Apple CarPlay perhaps at the same $80-per-year rate as BMW.

Here’s the thing, though (and the “catch” in the title): the entry-level Supra with its 6.5-inch touchscreen display doesn’t support CarPlay – it is only available on the Supra Premium and Launch Edition models equipped with the larger 8.8-inch screen.

Sales of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra started a few days ago in the United States and, already, dealerships are asking exorbitant amounts for the sports car. Pricing for the first 1500 Launch Edition models coming to the U.S. start at $55,250 excluding a delivery, processing, and handling fee of $930, but we’ve already found one dealer asking $86,361 for one.

Once all 1500 units of the Supra Launch Edition are sold, Toyota will start offering the entry-level Supra 3.0 to customers from $49,990 and the 3.0 Premium at $53,990.

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  • Bo Hanan

    This car is NOT growing on me like I had hoped on our last encounter.

  • Charles Chin

    And a lightly used M4 cost…..???

    • Ken Lyns

      $5000 a year to keep it running… not saying this one would necessarily be different.

  • runbuh

    Z4 M40i comes standard with a 1-year Apple CarPlay “trial”.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I’d have them just leave the head unit out completely and go get my own.

      • Matt

        It’s not 1996 anymore, most new cars have integrated infotainment systems with no single din set up.

    • But no Android Auto. Just like Toyota, BMW has refused to support Android Auto

      • PhilMcGraw

        It should be noted that Toyota does indeed support Android Auto on all of their new models (except this Supra of course due to BMW). The new Tacoma I believe was the first to debut Android Auto support.

        • The new 2020 Corolla still doesn’t have it yet and neither the Camry. They are slow to update and not updating older models that are stuck on Entunes 2.0 and I wish they would

          • PhilMcGraw

            Well considering they just announced in April that they were retrofitting the 2018 Camry and Sienna with Apple CarPlay, I’d imagine a similar situation may occur in the future for Android Auto.

            As far as Entune 2.0 that isn’t happening. I don’t know if you’re aware but the overwhelming majority of automakers didn’t start supporting Android Auto or CarPlay until the 2017 model year and newer. The oldest models I’ve seen are 2015 Hyundai’s and Mazda allowing some 2015 models to be retrofitted.

      • runbuh

        Rumor has it that Google would not capitulate to BMW’s privacy requirements. Apple did, but at a cost, which gets passed on to the customer.

        I repeat – rumor has it.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Middleware as a service? No thanks.

  • But no Android Auto. Just like Toyota, BMW has refused to support Android Auto that most all other automakers offer at no extra charge

  • Robert Eller

    Why the hell would they charge for that?! Both of my Hyundais had it standard, along with Android Auto.

    • Bash

      Because it’s a BMW.

    • runbuh

      Do both of your Hyundais have support for wireless CarPlay? BMW’s provide wireless CarPlay, no cable needed.

      Porsche charges $$ for CarPlay as well (and they also don’t support Android Auto, see my post below).

  • robotlogic

    “$80 a year for CarPlay support” The only support required is them collecting your $80. They are NOT providing any service for that $80. Scumbag move BMW!

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