It’s here. Five years after the FT-1 concept, and two and a half years after the production model was first spied testing on German roads, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra has finally been unveiled at the Detroit auto show.
The all new, fifth generation ‘A90’ Supra shares its platform and many of its components with the new BMW Z4 roadster.
Visually, the production Supra is an evolution of the sleek design seen on the FT-1 concept revealed in 2014. Up front, the grille has been split into three sections, flanked by LED headlights, two faux brake ducts that run along the sides of the bumper and a black sports splitter. Follow the sculpted bonnet and double-bubble roof back and you’ll arrive at the Supra’s gorgeous rear – a ducktail spoiler integrated into the bootlid complements dual exhaust pipes, LED taillights, more faux cooling vents and a black rear diffuser.
Under the long bonnet sits the Supra’s heart, a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged straight-six engine. It produces 250kW (335hp) of power and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The 0-100km/h sprint is completed in just 4.3 seconds (0-60mph in 4.1), towards an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
A lower-spec four-cylinder engine is expected to join the range at a later date, with a 1998cc displacement and outputs of around 185-195kW (248-262hp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft).
Dimensionally, the Supra’s measures in at 4381mm long, 1845mm wide and 1292mm tall, with a 2468mm wheelbase and front/rear tracks of 1595mm/1590mm respectively. It weighs in at 1540kg, and features a 50:50 weight distribution and a 1.55:1 wheelbase-to-track ratio.
The Supra rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 255mm at the front and 275mm at the rear (with tyre profiles of 35 all round). Stopping power is handled by large Brembo-branded brakes, with 4-piston calipers front and rear.
Other performance features/components available on the Supra include adaptive dampers, an electronically-locking limited-slip differential, a number of drive modes, a variable exhaust system and launch control.
Inside, the GR Supra borrows a lot from its BMW Z4 sibling, with a tablet-style infotainment screen that runs BMW’s iDrive and a rotary dial controller. In front of the driver there’s a part-digital instrument cluster with a central tach, which can be configured to show an array of metrics.
The all-new 2020 Toyota GR Supra goes on sale in Australia in late 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to launch. A US launch will occur in summer with a starting price of $49,990.