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2020 Toyota Supra: A classic speedster revived

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2020 Toyota Supra: A classic speedster revived

After two decades and one year, the legendary Toyota Supra makes a return to the road, and it has just the right features to make consumers froth at the mouth for it. You will be forgiven if you don’t know about Toyota’s supra line. As stated earlier, the model hasn’t been updated since 1998. Well, Toyota has decided to revive the model, and we are pleased with the outcome of their decision.

There are so many reasons to be happy about the reintroduction of a car in the sports segment. For one, it is always reassuring to purchase a road rager from a brand famous for making ultra-dependable and reliable cars. Also, in typical Toyota fashion, the 5th generation Supra offers great value for money without compromising quality.

The 2020 Toyota Supra is a mid-end sports car that can serve as a modest, dependable automobile for an intra city commute. On the highway or a sports track, the Supra will reveal its exciting side. Without any delay, let’s discuss the noteworthy specifications of the 2020 Toyota Supra, read on.

Features of the 2020 Toyota Supra

Three words sum up the design of the new Toyota Supra: short, wide, and powerful. The 2020 Supra integrates design principles from its predecessor (4th generation Supra) and the Toyota FT-1. The outcome of this fusion is a desirable modern sports car. The FT-1 concept unveiled by the company back in 2014 inspires the cars triple vent grille and angular nose. The side profile reveals an intricately crafted body with angled lines trailing to the rear. In the rear, a central brake light, dual-LED tail lights, and dual exhaust tips on either side highlight the Supra's broad base. The cars dimension in width is 73 inches, which is really wide compared to its predecessor or competition.

On close examination, you will find that some of the design features on the Supra’s exterior are not functional. The inline vents, cooling, and several creases were added to give the new Supra an aggressive sports car look.

Sports car fanboys will be delighted by the Supra’s balanced physique, excellent 50/50 weight distribution and low center of gravity. On high speed, the structure will make maneuvers easy and clean.

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Interior design

The interior of the 2020 Supra lives up to the sports car name. Toyota installed two 14-way adjustable sport bucket seats. The horizontal dashboard angles the systems towards the driver. To the trained eye, the Supra’s interior design is similar to the design of the BMW Z4. Well, that is because Toyota hired the help of BMW in making the interior and engine.

The infotainment and system tech is also from BMW, and as you should expect, they are very effective. A 6.5-inch center screen is standard as well as the BMW iDrive rotary dial to control the infotainment functions.

The Supra comes with just two seats. The remaining space is room for extending the two chairs for comfort and the trunk space. User tests show that the Supra’s seats are great for people under 6-feet 3inches tall. Above the stated height, comfort is marginalized as the Supra does not have so much room for exceptionally tall individuals.

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A Delightful Drivetrain

The 2020 Supra debuts with an exceptional engine. Reputable sports car maker, BMW, designed the 3.0-litre engine. The engine's output is pegged at 335 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 pounds-feet of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. All this power is directed to the rear wheel, which propels the car (the supra is a rear-wheel-drive).

With such a huge output, the Supra’s fuel efficiency is relatively low but still at a respectable range of 24/31/26 mpg city/highway. For a sports car, the 2020 Toyota Supra has decent fuel efficiency. Sports cars are the fuel guzzlers – a consequence of their high power output.

That said, the latest Supra comes with only one transmission system, an eight-speed automatic. This can be forgiven when you consider the performance of the transmission system. It is rugged and shifts quickly during aggressive driving.

Stick fanboys can hope for a stick version in the future but shouldn’t stay away from the model as it performs comparatively well. Put it this way, the Supra’s shift speed can hold a candle to Porsche's PDK dual-clutch automatic (a benchmark for shift speed).

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Driving modes

To make the latest Supra suitable for varied usage, Toyota developed two drive modes, normal and sport drive modes. This mode is standard in all trims. As you must have guessed, the normal mode sets the Supra into a car with modest engine power for neighbourhood commute. In normal mode, the steering has a suppressed heft and loosened suspension. In sport mode, the steering has more heft and the suspension a tad tighter.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires support the high-speed driving ability of the 2020 Supra. The tires deliver a huge amount of grip to keep the car grounded and responsive with changing direction or stepping on the brake.

Performance of the 2020 Toyota Supra – it seems to be much faster than Toyota indicates.

On paper, the Supra acceleration speed from standing position to 60mph is 4.4 secs. However, speed tests reveal that the Supra can clock 60 miles per hour in less time. The result from a speed test by shows that the 202O Supra hits 60mph in 3.8 seconds and does a 100mph in 9.5 seconds. This impressive stat puts the Supra in contention with big names in the mid-end sports car segment. The car has nimble handling and produces a raucous performance as you prod the acceleration pad.

Trims of the 2020 Toyota Supra

The Supra is available in three trim levels. The base 3.0 trim. 3.0 premium, and launch edition. A slew of distinct features and hundreds of dollars in pricing separate the three trims. For the base model, Toyota offers standard equipment including keyless entry and start, a 6.5-inch center screen, an 8.8-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10-speaker audio system with 205 watts of power, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio. Also, consumers will find a 14-way power-adjustable sport seats with driver’s side memory, automatic LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that mount staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

In addition to the standard features, the 3.0 Premium model sports an 8.8-inch center touchscreen with navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, Supra Connect telematics, wireless phone charging, a 500-watt JBL sound system with 12 speakers, a colour head-up display, and larger rear brakes.

The launch edition offers exclusivity for its extra price. Toyota will build only 1,500 of the Supra Launch Edition models based on the 3.0 Premium. All LE models will come with red mirror caps, matte black wheels, and carbon-fibre trim. Every one of the 1,500 cars in the model has a dash plaque with Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda's signature.

There is an upgrade package for all trims. The Driver Assist Package with blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alerts, and front & rear parking sensors.

2020 Toyota Supra Pricing

Base trim - 3.0: $50,920
Mid-end premium trim - Supra 3.0 Premium: $54,920
Launch Edition starts at $56,180

Compared to the competition, the Supra offers great value. Under another brand, the pricing of the Supra will start above $52,000 for the base trim.

That said, you should expect a slightly significant increase in the prices for each model when they are displayed in a car dealers showroom. The add-on fee by the dealer is influenced by factors such as logistics, demand, and competition. Regardless, don’t forget to haggle if possible.

There is no doubt that the latest Supra will be a delight to drive. For Canadians, there are long and smooth highways to burn rubber on with the -aggressive Supra.