When the A80 Toyota Supra was first released in 1993, it was fast, fun, and reasonably affordable. It was everything fans of performance cars could want. Now, more than 25 years later, Toyota is releasing a new Supra in the fall of 2019, and it's fully rebooted for the 21st century. Here's a look at the new Toyota Supra.
Years in the Making
Sales of the original Toyota Supras ended in the U.S. in 1998, and die-hard fans have been awaiting its return ever since. Hints of a possible Supra revival have surfaced periodically, including the development of the similar-looking FT-1 concept car and its inclusion in a Gran Turismo video game. Toyota's CEO, Akio Toyoda, hadn't mentioned the Supra until he tasked Toyota's performance chief, Tetsuya Tada, with creating a new Supra to surpass the old one. Finally, in 2018, a new Supra prototype appeared, heavily camouflaged, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The New Supra's Performance
The 2020 Toyota Supra is a cooperation project with BMW, and it shows. The new Supra's turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, its chassis, and its eight-speed automatic gearbox are all straight from Germany. But while BMW provides the car's mechanical heart, its software engineering was built by Toyota. The new Supra also offers drivers rear-wheel drive, a multi-link rear end, and double-wishbone suspension.
How Does It Feel?
Taking a sportier route than its 1990s cousin, the new Supra has a tighter interior with no back seat. The rest of the car's cabin is unique to the 2020 Supra, according to Toyota officials, but it does bear some similarities to the BMW Z4. For its handling, Toyota revealed that most of the Supra's development and testing work was performed on public roads instead of tracks. This is evident in the car's smooth handling of bumps and uneven surfaces, as well as its precise steering and high traction.
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