Detroit LIVE: 2020 Toyota Supra [Video]by Byron Hurd
The legend returns. Officially.
Toyota has been teasing the Supra for longer than we can remember, but the way is finally over. The new sports coupe owes a great deal of its existence to Toyota's partnership with BMW, and that shows in the final result.
Unlike its platform mate, the 2020 BMW Z4, the Supra is a narrowly focused performance car. It has two seats and two doors and powers just two wheels--all of the necessary requirements for a good time behind the wheel.
There's more to it than that, of course. The 2020 Supra's 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque may not sound like much, but the small footprint and track-focused engineering should give it a performance edge that no other car to wear the Toyota badge has offered in recent years.
The company's engineers boast that the new Supra offers perfect 50:50 weight distribution along with optimized aerodynamic distribution. The functional rear spoiler cancels out any lift produced by the sleek body, keeping the rear end planted.
Inside, the Supra comes with sport bucket seats boasting integrated head rests in a nod to its track-ready mission, but those are also available with leather and heat for those who simply want a fun, everyday vehicle.
Getting power from the 3.0-liter inline turbo to the rear wheels is a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an active rear differential. An adaptive suspension will also be standard equipment, offering everyday comfort along with a dynamics-focused sport mode.
Toyota claims the Supra will hit 70 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds and four-piston Brembo brakes up front will help haul it back down to more reasonable velocities. Every effort was made to control weight in the production of the new Supra, including the use of some fairly exotic materials (such as a composite rear hatch).
As a rare bonus, Toyota has also announced pricing for its returning champion. Base models will run $49,990 while the loaded-up Launch Edition will set you back $55,250. Such is the cost of legends reincarnated.