The Toyota Supra is reborn. The 5th-generation GR Supra has been officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The highly anticipated first model produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing for the global market finally shows the world its full face. Without doubt it is one of the start attractions at this year’s Detroit show.
Toyota says the new Supra is heavily inspired, both in terms of its lines and of tis mechanics, by the 1967 Toyota 200 GT as well as the 1993-2002 Supra, and benefits from a design that evokes the FT-1 concept from Calty. In front, the grille is bold and prominent and is flanked by two large air intakes, while in back, the prominent, arching rear integrated spoiler helps to suppress aerodynamic lift. The trapezoidal rear bumper shape conveys a dynamic sense of movement toward the tires.
The six-lens LED headlights integrate both daytime running lamps and turn signal functions to create a distinctive lighting signature for the new Supra. The rear combination lamps feature a simple structure with the turn, tail and stop functions integrated into the distinctive main ring shape. The backup lamps are LEDs located in the centre of the lower bumper.
Choice of colours available to buyers include bold red, matte grey with a touch of blue, silver, black and dark grey.
The first model to carry the Supra name in North America in 21 years features a two-person interior focused, of course, on the driver. The very low centre of gravity and the 50/50 weight distribution give it the tools needed to get the most out of what the powertrain delivers.
Speaking of the powertrain, the 2020 Supra runs on an inline-6 turbocharged engine delivering 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, in combination with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel and a rear-wheel drive system.
The model also gets an active differential and adaptive suspension, both offered standard. For those interested in its powers of acceleration – as surely a few of you are – the car can go from a stop to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
One of the aims of the Toyota GAZOO Racing division was to deliver a car that performs as expected but proves practical in daily use as well, making it accessible to drivers of all skill/experience levels. To that end the 2020 Supra features two drive modes: Normal and Sport. The latter reduces 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.
Inside, the dashboard is narrow and low in order to give the driver improved visibility out front. A high-definition colour display forms the instrument panel, projecting a large-diameter, three-dimensional meter dial that seems to float over it. The single-metre design consolidates information necessary for performance driving, such as the tachometer and shift-timing indicator, enabling the driver to focus on control information through the small-diameter steering wheel.
No surprise, the leather sport seat for the driver is highly enveloping and includes a padded pillar that serves as a right leg bolster as well as integrated headrests.
The 2020 Toyota Supra will be available to consumers starting this summer. We don’t know exact pricing, but the company has already said that the car will come with a pretty hefty price tag.