2020 Toyota GR Supra Review, Release Dates, Prices

21 years after the last Supra filled American dealerships, Toyota has released a completely new model. The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is a two-seat sports car designed to compete with established models such as the Porsche Cayman and Audi TT, and it’s engineered with more than a little help from BMW. Reopen the bespoke bodywork, and you will find the new 2019 BMW Z4, including the engine and gearbox. Thus, the 2020 Supra is an interesting mixture of Japanese and German engineering.

The GR stands for Gazoo Racing, a motorsports-division for specialty vehicles that Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has had personal involvement in developing. Its addition to the Supra moniker means this car is important not just to fans but to the company as well.

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra styling takes inspiration from both the iconic 1967 2000GT and the fourth-generation Supra introduced in 1993. It’s not what you call elegant, but it is unique and unmistakably Japanese — even if it was actually designed at Toyota’s studio in California.

Jump onto a race track or a quiet road and you will find the 2020 Toyota GR Supra is fun to drive. It’s balanced and easy to control, and its lively but forgiving demeanor welcomes any kind of driving skills and styles. On paper, the Supra 335-hp seems low compared to the V8 Chevrolet Camaro (455 hp) or Ford Mustang (460 hp). But the turbocharged engine is surprisingly powerful and provides the same acceleration as the muscle car.

Toyota might have taken an unusual route to resurrect its iconic sports car, but the result is still impressive. Offering a refreshing mix of performance, style and fun, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra brings just the proper amount of heritage and 21st-century technology.

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2020 Toyota Supra is a two-seat sport coupe available in three trims levels: base 3.0, 3.0 Premium and Launch Edition.

Standard equipment for the base 3.0 include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, remote ignition, auto-dimming driver-side and a rearview mirror, adaptive suspension dampers, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather and simulated suede upholstery, power front seats with driver-seat memory functions, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 10-speaker audio system, frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

Optional for the 3.0 is the Navigation + JBL package that adds an 8.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, a 12-speaker premium JBL audio system, and Toyota remote services.

The 3.0 Premium include this package as standard. It also receives an upgraded rear brakes, full leather upholstery, a head-up display, a wireless charging pad, and heated seats. The Launch Edition trim is limited to the first 1,500 Supras to arrive in the USA and gets dark wheels, a commemorative plaque set in carbon-fiber trim, and available red leather upholstery.

Optional on all 2020 Toyota GR Supra is the Driver Assist package that adds full-range adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors.

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra will be able to purchase with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $49,990. For those fans and collectors anxious to be among the first owners of this iconic sports car, the initial 1,500 production Supras for the U.S. will be Launch Edition models starting at $55,250. Each will be uniquely numbered and have distinctive features signifying the exclusivity and excitement of Supra’s return. Toyota dealers will be handling all orders and the Launch Edition models go on sale in Summer 2019 starting at $55,250.

  • 3.0: $49,990
  • 3.0 Premium: $53,990
  • Launch Edition: $55,250
  • Driver Assist Package: $1,195
  • Navigation and JBL Audio: $2,460

INTERIOR

The feels of climbing inside the 2020 GR Supra is unlike any modern Toyota. The roof is low, and if you’re wearing a race car helmet, you’ll probably bonk your head off of it trying to get in the first couple of times. The door sills are wide, too. Entering or exiting can be a challenge, depending on attire. The Supra chief engineer explains the inconvenience is worth the gain in performance.

How’s that? The design team prioritized a rigid body with a low center of gravity over all else, and building the chassis this way meant compromising some interior comfort. Nevertheless, head- and legroom measurements remain similar to those of similarly priced sports cars.

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra cockpit deftly blends traditional GT elements with ultra-modern functionality. The low, narrow-section dash gives the driver expansive forward visibility, ideal for precisely placing the car in corners.

A high-definition color display forms the instrument panel, projecting a large-diameter, three-dimensional meter dial that seems to float over it. The single-meter design consolidates information necessary for performance driving, such as the tachometer and shift-timing indicator, enabling the driver to easily focus on critical control information through the small-diameter steering wheel. The display’s easy-to-read layout puts multimedia information, including audio and available navigation, on the right side. An available full-color Head-Up Display projects vital driving and navigation information ahead of the driver.

Toyota designers took a fresh approach to designing the center console, giving it an asymmetrical shape that tightly envelops the driver, with a padded pillar that serves as a right leg bolster. The passenger’s side of the console, meanwhile, is open for a roomy feel, yet also features knee pads for bolstering in corners. The center console tightly groups controls for sports driving. The climate control panel protrudes from the center dash, easing operation without averting eyes from the road.

Toyota designed the 2020 Supra to be both an everyday sports car and an occasional track car. To that end, its sport seats, featuring integrated head restraints, were inspired by racing. The seats use a narrow main section combined with the shoulder bolsters to firmly hold the driver and passenger. The 3.0 Premium trim will feature heated, leather-trimmed seats, while the 3.0 will come with Alcantara power seats with memory.

Supra’s smartly trimmed luggage area, accessed via a lightweight composite hatch, offers capacity for two people to pack for a weekend getaway. The compartment is shaped to accommodate long items, such as a track day toolkit.

POWERTRAINS

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six that produces 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The torque comes on strong from very low engine speeds, thanks to a combination of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Engine response is further enhanced thanks to the inline six’s variable intake valve lift system that adjusts intake valve timing and duration.

The 8-speed automatic transmission delivers quick up- and downshifts and features paddle shifters for manual control when desired. Short ratios for the lower gears and a Launch Control function enables powerful acceleration with maximum traction. Toyota estimates 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds. Top track speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph. EPA fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg combined (24 city / 31 highway).

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra will offer two driving modes, Normal and Sport. Sport Mode 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.

For performance driving enthusiasts, the Supra will have an active differential that uses an electric motor and multi-plate clutches to control lateral torque. The active differential precisely controls torque distribution between the rear wheels, with stepless variable locking from 0-100 percent. The differential can control torque distribution between the rear wheels when cornering under both acceleration and braking, enabling greater momentum through a corner. The active differential is also effective at ensuring neutral handling by reducing both understeer and oversteer.

The Supra also sounds better than the Porsche Cayman. Its exhaust plays that six-cylinder sound proudly when you’re on the gas, and it pops and cracks when you lift. U.S.-spec Supras have a louder exhaust than the rest of the world, where the car faces stricter noise requirements. Here’s one case where we get the good stuff.

CHASSIS

Toyota GAZOO Racing had a specific vision when developing Supra. High structural rigidity, a low center of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution were paramount to Toyota’s goal of achieving neutral cornering balance. Toyota also specified spring and shock absorber tuning for the new double-joint spring strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Likewise, Toyota set specific parameters for the Supra’s stability control system performance.

The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points are extremely rigid to yield precise cornering characteristics. Aluminum control arms reduce unsprung weight, resulting in superior agility and efficiency. High-performance wheel hubs feature increased stiffness and optimized kinematics. For precise handling, Supra features a variable assist and variable ratio sport-tuned electric power steering.

The multi-link rear suspension with a five-arm construction consists of lightweight aluminum to reduce weight while steel is employed in key areas for added strength and durability. The rigid rear subframe, and the bracing that connects it to the body structure, helps ensure extremely precise wheel control. Supra will come standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The rear wheels and tires are wider than on the front (rear tires: 275/35R19; front tires: 255/35R19) to enhance grip, and performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are fitted. Brakes are large at all four corners, highlighted by 13.7-in. front rotors held by 4-piston Brembo calipers.

Standard on all 2020 Toyota GR Supra is Adaptive Variable Suspension. Adaptive Variable Suspension system instantly adjusts damping force in response to driver input and road conditions. Two settings for the suspension are available – Normal and Sport.

2020 SUPRA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wheelbase: 97.2 in.
  • Overall Length: 172.5 in.
  • Overall Width: 73.0 in.
  • Overall Height: 50.9 in.
  • Track Width Front: 62.8 in.
  • Track Width Rear: 62.6 in.
  • Curb Weight: 3,397 lbs.

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