It felt like this day would never come, but today Toyota officially pulled the wraps off of the all-new 2020 Supra at the North American International Auto Show. After an endless stream of leaked images and Toyota releasing its own videos with pre-production “concept” renders, what the Supra looks like shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Today’s unveiling is all about the numbers, and it seems like Toyota is picking up right where it left off in 2002.
The 2020 Toyota Supra will go on sale this summer and start at a base price of $49,990 and $53,990 for the premium model, but regardless of the trim level, you get the same 3.0-Liter inline-six good for 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. The Supra also gets an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Sadly there’s no manual transmission option to pair with the engine, but in this day and age, it’s not surprising. Toyota claims that will help the Supra will see off the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.1 seconds.
Much like how Toyota worked with Subaru to joint-develop the BRZ and GT86, Toyota worked with BMW this time sharing some DNA with the Z4 coupe. But where the BRZ and GT 86 are nearly identical in every way, Toyota made sure the Supra has a personality of its own. The Supra comes in about $10,000 less than the base Z4, but since the entry-level roadster only has a 2.0-Liter inline-four under the hood, the Supra has the upper hand.
Toyota didn’t merely slap the Supra name on a restyle Z4, either. The factory motorsport division Gazoo Racinglent a hand in developing and tuning the chassis and suspension. Underneath, the Supra gets adaptive suspension, an active rear differential and, for extra fun, launch control. Seeing Toyota get back into the sportscar game is a breath of fresh air. The Japanese manufacturer is working hard to reestablish its brand identity as a fun car company again, and not just one that pumps out milquetoast front-wheel-drive sedans destined for rental car lots.
On the inside is where the base and premium trims differentiate. The base model stays pretty basic and only gets a 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, but you can check a $2,460 option box for a JBL sound system. The Premium gets an 8.8-inch wide format touch screen display, and full-color heads up display, wireless Apple CarPlay, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, and heated leather seats.
The previous generation Supra has a cult following for a reason — it’s a damn fine sport scar and was one of the best when it went out of production in 2002. At 320 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque, the last SUpra was also one of the quickest sports cars on the market. Comparing the numbers of the newest Supra to the previous generation, it’s almost as if we’re looking at what the Supra would have been in 2003. But, the Supra probably needed the time off — if it stayed in production, it’s easy to see the power ratcheting up to unnecessary levels to the point where we’d be looking at something closer to a Japanese Corvette rather than a perfectly powered, well-balanced coupe. It may have taken nearly 20 years for the Supra to make its return and the last five years seemed to have dragged on with no help from all the teasers and leaks breadcrumbing us all, but it’s good to have it back finally.