Turns out this wasn’t the work of a Toyota owner with a roundel sense of humo(u)r as the ‘1320Video’ Instagram post led us to believe, but of a cheeky Canadian journalist. The article has been updated accordingly.
The thought probably crossed many minds when we first laid eyes on the new Supra, but our Canadian friends over at Motorpress.ca actually went ahead and did it in real life; they slapped Munich’s blue and white roundel over Toyota’s badge. And not on any 2020 Supra, mind you, but on a Canadian press car. Oh Canada, eh?
These images show the white Supra sitting in the driveway of Motorpress’ reviewer Jason, right next to a brand new BMW 7-Series and a 5-Series. Evidently, he’s quite the BMW enthusiast and thought plonking on badges from the German automaker on the Supra “would be funny to do”, in Jason’s own words.
The Toyota and BMW badges are wildly different in shape meaning it’s not simply a case of remove the Toyota badges and replacing them with BMW’s. Instead, the BMW badges have been incorporated into a white, oval-shaped base that can sit where the Toyota logo ordinarily did. The stickers, we’re told, were the work of Vinylmods.
Like it or not, the Toyota-BMW connection was necessary for the return of the Supra nameplate. The Japanese admitted that they would have been unable to justify building the A90 Supra if they didn’t team up with another automaker yet many enthusiasts still think the collaboration with BMW means the sports car is no longer a ‘real’ Supra. We’ve never totally agreed with that logic, and while the Supra does indeed use German components, it not a Bimmer in drag. In fact, prices start at roughly $15,000 less than the BMW Z4 M40i that features the same powertrain.
One of the more understandable critiques of the new Supra has been the lack of a six-speed manual transmission. Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada recently indicated that the Japanese carmaker is still open to the idea of offering a stick-shift, but is still weighing up its options.