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17 years in the making: Welcome back, 2020 Toyota Supra


After years of waiting, Toyota finally shows the 2020 Supra

This was years in the making.

Spy shot after spy shot, people were asking, when will the next-gen Toyota Supra come out?  Now, we don’t have to wait for it anymore as it’s now here. Yes folks, Toyota has finally peeled the covers off the fifth-generation Supra. 


Let’s start with the oily bits and, as previously reported, the car uses a BMW-sourced mill. In line with tradition, the fifth-gen Supra uses a turbocharged straight-six engine. Like the one the preceeded it (from 17 years ago), the engine is a 3.0-liter mill. So how much power does it make? It’s no GT-R fighter but it makes a respectable 340 PS and an impressive 500 Nm of torque. Toyota claims the car can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds, although top-speed figures have yet to be revealed. 

For Supra fans out there, some of the variant names should sound familiar. The turbocharged six mentioned above is dubbed the RZ, and the Supra range isn’t limited to that. Yes, there will be tamer turbo-fours and they’re called the SZ-R and SZ. The SZ-R makes 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque, exactly the same as the BMW 330i we saw over in Singapore a few days ago. The tamest of the bunch is the SZ, and that makes 197 PS. All engines are paired to a sports-tuned eight-speed automatic. There’s no manual transmission on the horizon, or if will there be one at all. 

As for the look, it is faithful to the FT-1 concept shown all those years ago. The headlights echoes that of the previous-generation Supra (internally known as A80), and the race-car inspired ‘nose cone’ is also present on this model. Large intakes and slats occupy the rest of the coupe’s aggresive front end. 

There’s more creases and lines on the flanks, all of which contributes to the Supra’s aerodynamics. Even the side skirts are part of the aero aids. The top half of the car has a jet-fighter canopy top style to it, and the bubble roof is, according to Toyota, a hat tip to the classic 2000GT. 

As for the rear, it’s a modern interpretation of the last Supra from 2002. There’s the slim tail lights and defined haunches, giving the impression of a wide look. The rear bumper on the other hand gets an aggressive integrated diffuser. The liftback design continues the Supra tradition, and the kicked-up trunklid was made for purely functional reasons. 

In terms of length, the Supra is no larger than a garden-variety family sedan, measuring under 4.4 meters long. It is wide and low though, at approximately 1.8 meters and nearly 1.3 meters, respectively. 

As for the interior, it’s unlike any other Toyota in production. The flat top dashboard has an infotainment screen right in the middle. A single bar then runs across the center stack and into the passenger side area to form some of the air-conditioning vents. Modern BMW owners should find the climate control system familiar, similar in design to other cars from the Bavarian automaker. The instrument cluster is a mix of digital and analogue, and the steering wheel gets a thick rim.

So, is there any chance of it coming to the Philippines? Nothing is set in stone just yet but it will most definitely make an appearance in major markets such as Japan (its home market), North America (where it debuted), and some parts of continental Europe. If, by some chance, the fifth-gen Toyota Supra makes it to the country, it will be a neat addition to Toyota’s otherwise sober and sensible range. 

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