The 2020 Toyota Supra has finally been fully unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.
Honestly, there’s not much left to surprise us with given all the image and performance leaks, but now we have official confirmation from Toyota on what we knew all along. So let’s get to it.
The 2020 Supra will be a 2-seater, rear-wheel-drive sports car that harkens back to the Toyota racers of old. Under the hood is a 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine (sourced from BMW) that produces 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through an 8-speed automatic transmission through an active rear differential that determines the right mix of power sent to each of the rear wheels.
Zero to sixty is expected to be done in 4.1 seconds, which isn’t too shabby. A perfect 50:50 weight distribution promises a responsive ride while adaptive dampers make it a smooth one. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires keep a grip on the road while 4-piston Brembos keep a grip on the 13.7-inch front rotors.
The Supra will come with just two driving modes: Normal, and Sport. Normal makes the Supra feel like a jacked-up Corolla, while Sport “provides track-driving capability by reducing intervention of the traction and stability control functions as well as sharpening throttle response, increasing steering weight, improving transmission shift crispness, more aggressive active differential tuning and amplifying exhaust sound."
One unfortunate piece of news: top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph. We didn’t think that the Supra would get too far above that number with just 335 horses on tap, but it’s still keeping it from unleashing its true potential. We’ll likely see a special edition without the limiter in the future.
On the inside, BMW’s partnership really shines through. The Supra’s interior looks a lot like a modern bimmer, with a big protruding center console infotainment and a “tightly-wrapped” driver’s seat.
The 8.8-inch infotainment comes with Apple CarPlay and controls a 12-speaker JBL audio system. Wireless phone charging is also a standard feature.
Standard driver assistance software includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam, and road sign assist. Adaptive full speed cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and rear-end collision warning are all available extras.
There’s no mention of the rumored 2.0-L turbocharged 4-banger, so that must be for foreign markets only. We here in North America get either the 3.0 Supra (starting at $50,920) or the 3.0 Premium (starting at $54,920) with some additional features.
That’s not exactly what we consider to be as “affordable” as Toyota indicated previously, but we’ll take it.
Expect the Supra to arrive later this year.