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| Auto News | 11.02.2019

New Toyota Supra Red Sports, front

After 21 years, Toyota’s iconic Supra is back, but some say the new sports car is not a real Supra. ^

Toyota used the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to finally unveil the much-anticipated, fifth-generation Supra.

Visually, the all-new Supra’s aggressive styling is heavily inspired by the FT-1 concept of 2014, though the Japanese automaker says it also borrows many design cues from the fourth-generation Supra and the 1967 Toyota 2000 GT. A long hood, short trunk and wide stance are in line with traditionally sports car proportions, while the swoops and creases give it a look unlike any other.

The interior has a driver-centric layout complete with a modern-looking digital instrument cluster that displays things like G-forces, lap times, and more; an iDrive-like dial in the center console; and an iPad-style infotainment screen.

Driver and passenger sit in supportive bucket seats boasting integrated head rest, seats that are available with leather and heat for those looking for a fun, everyday vehicle.

It’s no secret that the latest Supra was co-developed with BMW and shares its platform with the equally-new BMW Z4, explaining why quite a number of hardcore enthusiasts refuse to accept it as a real and authentic Supra. Even so, it’s a capable sports car that pumps out 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque from a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter inline turbo. A standard eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an active rear differential sends that power to the rear wheels.

Those output figures may not sound like much, but a small footprint and track-focused engineering should give it a performance edge over any other Toyota-badged car in recent years.

An adaptive suspension is also standard, and engineers tout the car’s perfect 50:50 weight distribution and optimized aerodynamic distribution, thanks in part to a functional rear spoiler that cancels out any lift produced by the sleek body.

Toyota claims the new Supra can hit 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds on route to a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h), and four-piston Brembo brakes up front help bring it back down to more reasonable speeds.

Three trim levels of the 2020 Supra are available: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition. In the United States, the 2020 Supra start at $50,920, including the destination fees; the 3.0 Premium model starts at $54,920 and the Launch Edition is priced at $56,180.

Do you think the new Toyota Supra is authentic enough to bear the name? Do you want one, and is it worth its price? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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