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Just a few days after Toyota Mexico leaked its promotional video on Twitter, the official announcement came: the Toyota Supra, Toyota’s most iconic sports car, is back.
Now dubbed as the 2020 GR Supra, the highly-anticipated sports car by the Japanese manufacturer was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
The prefix GR stands for GAZOO Racing, the company’s motorsports division. This will be GAZOO Racing’s first global Toyota model available to the general public.
The GR Supra is deeply rooted from the legendary 2000 GT, a limited-run sports coupe made famous by the James Bond film You Only Live Twice.
“After years of rumors, whispers and a whole lot of anticipation, we’ve finally been given the green light to say it: Supra is back. The all-new 2020 GR Supra is no mere sports car—it’s our purest expression of performance, designed to allow driver, car and road to become one. Beautifully balanced, and even more beautiful to look at, the GR Supra is set to define the next generation of performance,” said Toyota in its website.
True, the 2020 Toyota Supra has been generating hype for years now after several teasers. But is it actually a worthy successor to the name? Let’s look at the specs.
Under the hood
Confirming previous reports, the GR Supra will share the same platform as the G29 BMW Z4, which will be manufactured at the Magna Steyr facility in Austria.
Powering the Supra under the bonnet is rumored to be the 3.0-liter turbocharged BMW B58 engine, which is capable of making 335 horsepower and close to 500 Nm of torque.
In terms of performance, Toyota promises excellent race-worthy numbers for the GR Supra. With a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour, the sports coupe can blaze from zero to 100 in 4.1 seconds.
The engine was also moved further and lower under the hood to achieve a low center of gravity and a 50:50 weight distribution for better control. This puts the Supra way ahead of the 86, which punches from zero to 100 in 6.3 seconds.
“A rigid chassis, adaptive suspension and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires help ensure that this Supra drives as good as it looks. And with its active differential and Brembo 24 front brakes, this car is equipped to give its driver the ultimate in control,” Toyota said.
Despite its future-looking shape, the 2020 Toyota Supra heavily borrowed its sculpture from its fourth-generation kin, the Supra we all knew and love.
Although the fascia expresses the racing heritage of its previous iteration, the new Supra sports a more eye-catching central grille situated between two air intakes. The sleek hood, complete with its low protuberance and cuts, is also a nod to the Supra that was manufactured between 1993 and 2002.
In addition to some design principles borrowed from the older Supra, the GR Supra is also heavily reminiscent of the 2000GT in terms of its silhouette. Some of the noticeable elements it shares with the legendary sports coupe are the sporty fastback body style and the more expressive double-bubble roof, significantly reducing the drag without sacrificing the headroom for its occupants.
Other details that make the GR Supra a standout include the bold fender flares to match its wide wheelbase, distinctive headlightsand taillights with daytime running lamps, and backup LED lights located on the lower rear bumper.
Beautiful inside out
As lovely as it is on the outside, the 2020 GR Supra is also as beautiful inside. Aside from the racing-inspired instrument panels, the cockpit also boasts its racing heritage with its racing inspired power seats.
The center console is protruded, and the controls tightly grouped for a more intuitive control without averting the eyes from the road. On top of the console is a high-definition touchscreen display for multimedia functions as well as virtual navigation.
Safety is also heavily embedded in the new Supra’s DNA. To keep up with its racing performance, it comes with safety features such as forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam, and automatic emergency braking.
Other safety features include adaptive full speed cruise control, rear-end collision, warning, blind spot monitor, and rear cross traffic alert.
The GR Supra will be available globally in two variants: the 3.0 and the 3.0 Premium. The latter will feature the same performance and sleekness of the brand-new Supra, but with additional functionalities like leather-trimmed seats, a bigger touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay support, a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, wireless phone charging, and Supra Connect telematics system.
Toyota will also offer the GR Supra Launch Edition, which is based on the 3.0 Premium variant. Apart from all the features of the higher-tier Supra, it will also have exclusive offers such as red mirror caps, unique matt wheels, and a numbered badge on the interior complete with the signature of Toyota president Akio Toyoda.
If you’re thinking of getting a Supra, you might want to hold your horses. Currently, Toyota Motor Philippines has no announcement yet regarding the arrival of the GR Supra in the country.
Although if we can learn something from the release of the Honda Civic Type R and MX-5 RF, we can hope that a few units will be spared in the Philippines for our local gearheads.
In the United States, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra will be sold at $49,000, or a little over P2.6 million. We can only expect the prices to be slightly higher should it become available here.
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