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2020 Toyota GR Supra: Ten things you need to know

By Chris Thompson, 15 Jan 2019 News

2020 Toyota Supra details news

What you need to know about Toyota's fifth-gen Supra

After what has seemed like eternity, Toyota is ready to officially show us what the new 2020 A90 GR Supra looks like inside and out, not just accidentally.

So here are the key details and answers to some of the most circulated rumours and questions regarding the A90 Supra.

1. Its engine output remains unchanged from BMW’s tune

Not only does the Supra share the 250kW/500Nm engine output of its 2019 BMW Z4 cousin, they’re also the same as the ‘40i’ variants of the 1 and 2 Series.

If you were worried it would be slow, fear not. Toyota claims it’s even faster than the Z4. But we’ll get to that.

2. It’s 0-100km/h claim is faster than the Z4 M40i

And not only by a little. Toyota claims the Supra will hit 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, which is three tenths quicker than the Z4’s top variant.

3. We still don’t know how much it weighs.

We asked Toyota Australia, and there's still no confirmed weight for the Australian spec. Japan's official data lists the GR six-cylinder Supra at 1520kg based on estimates.

4. Toyota’s putting it under the Gazoo Racing banner

Yep, that ‘GR’ in its name stands for Toyota’s motorsport division turned go-fast division.

5. Its design is inspired by the 2000GT… Toyota says

But it looks an awful lot like the FT-1 concept, doesn’t it? Toyota says that’s because the FT-1 was a preview of what was to come. Playing the long game.

6. Less than 500 will be available in Australia for its first year

Each car will be built in Austria, but Toyota says it’s bringing “less than 500 cars” Down Under for the first 12 months after it launches here in late 2019.

7. It’s very ‘BMW’ inside

Just have a look for yourself. It’s even got BMW’s iDrive system with the same menu. They did add a Supra onto the display though.

The wheel is a mashup of the two brands’ parts, while most of the dash and centre console is Munich’s handiwork.

8. Its wheelbase is shorter than that of the Toyota 86

And it’s got a lower centre of gravity. Prepare for pictures of Supras drifting on racetracks to appear in MOTOR Magazine.

9. It’s all about ratio goals

Toyota’s engineers had a few aims for its characteristics. 50:50 weight distribution and a 1.55:1 ratio between the wheelbase length and track width were the two key goals.

10. Akio Toyoda signed it off with a drive at The ‘Ring

The Toyota President gave it the green light after spending ‘countless hours’ driving an older Supra at the Nurburgring.

“Even though Toyota had no plans to make a new Supra, just like a lot of other diehard Supra fans around the world, I secretly wanted to make it happen,” he says.

“The new GR Supra was born through testing at Nürburgring, and I can honestly say that it is a car that is fun to drive and better than ever.”

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