Toyota Supra Officially Returning For 2020

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, Automotive Editor - January 15, 2019

After numerous leaks, countless spy shots, and a roughly 20-year wait, the Toyota Supra has officially returned. Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, the fifth generation of the sports car that's codenamed the A90, the new 2020 Supra caters to a new generation of drivers thanks to some help from BMW. With aggressive styling, a turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, and rear-wheel drive the Supra somehow manages to stay true to the Supra name in a modern age.

Getting the meatiest details out of the way, the new Supra features a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six that puts out 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. At the time of writing, the only transmission available is an eight-speed automatic with drive going to the rear wheels. Tipping the scales at just under 4,000 pounds, getting to 60 mph from a standstill takes just 4.1 seconds.

While Toyota worked with BMW to get the Supra and the new Z4 onto the road, it looks like the vehicles have some glaring differences. BMW offers two engines for the Z4: a turbocharged four-cylinder making 255 hp and a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that generates 382 hp. Then, there's Toyota's claim that its Gazoo Racing motorsports division had a heavy hand at developing the model. So while the Z4 and the Supra share a lot of the same parts, and have almost identical interiors, it really does look like both vehicles are separate entities.

Consumers looking to cross-shop the Supra against another Japanese coupe, the Lexus LC, may find two very different vehicles. The new Supra is a true sports car, boasting 50:50 weight distribution, bespoke suspension tuning, a staggered tire setup, and sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The more opulent LC is all about being comfortable in a straight line. Plus, Lexus' coupe is more expensive.

When the Supra goes on sale later this summer, the vehicle will carry a base price of $50,920, which includes the $930 destination fee. That's not exactly cheap, but the Z4 sDrive30i with the inline-four starts at $50,695. Going with the Z4 M40i with the inline-six engine raises the price to $64,495. The Lexus LC is almost double, with a price tag of $93,225.

It's not like the base Supra is a stripped out sports car, either. The coupe comes with a 6.5-inch display, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with steering assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beam. Going with the 3.0 Premium trim, which costs $54,920, brings an 8.8-inch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, wireless charging, and a head-up display. Rear cross-traffic alert, rear end collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring are available.

Sure, the new Supra looks like a massive departure from the A80 model that went off the market in 1998 in the U.S., but it's still a two-door sports car that puts driving pleasure first. With its short wheelbase and long hood, there's even a whiff of old-school design in the body, if you can get past the double-bubble roof, curvy rear end, and angular front end. Plus, with Toyota pricing the Supra in the $50,000 range, the vehicle now competes against the likes of the Porsche 718 Cayman, Chevrolet Corvette, and BMW 2-Series.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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