FINALLY, the teasers are over, the leaks have stopped, the hype train has pulled up to the station, and the 2020 Toyota Supra has been officially revealed.
The silken covers were ripped off at the Detroit Motor Show, revealing the Supra’s final styling, which incorporates a double-bubble roof, and aggressive rear haunches.
With a drip-feed of information preceding the official reveal, many of the details surrounding the Supra have already been released.
Toyota Australia confirmed fewer than 300 Supras will be coming Down Under in the first 12 months after it launches late this year. All Australian-delivered Supras will have an active differential as standard, and be built by Magna-Steyr in Austria.
Local pricing remains unclear, however Wheels expects the Supra to cost around $75,000 in Australia.
Developed in conjunction with BMW’s new Z4 roadster, the Supra coupe will have a Bavarian-sourced turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine under the bonnet, producing 250kW and 500Nm, sent exclusively to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
We predict some internet commentators will denounce these outputs as being too small, but it’s worth remembering the Supra has a shorter wheelbase and lower centre of gravity than the Toyota 86, and a target production weight of 1500kg.
This equates to a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds quicker than the BMW Z4 M40i which shares the same chassis and engine. While impressive, acceleration was never the Supra engineer’s main focus, with the team working hard on perfecting the coupe’s dynamic abilities.
Tetsuya Tada and his team have designed the Supra with what they call a “golden ratio” of 1.55:1 between its wheelbase and track width, along with a 50:50 weight distribution front to rear.
Underpinning the Supra is a new suspension design, with double-joint spring MacPherson struts at the front, and a five-link system at the rear.
While much of the interior is very BMW-esque in appearance, Toyota has added its own twist, installing knee pads in the door trim and on the side of the centre console – a firm indicator of what the manufacturer’s thinks of the Supra’s corner-carving ability.
There are also Supra-specific seats, steering wheel, clocks, and dash roll top amongst the BMW styling.
Development for the Supra has taken several years, with Tada-san and his team testing the car in multiple countries, including Australia, to ensure it meets fans’ lofty standards.
We’ve driven a prototype of the car, and can assure you, Supra fans have plenty to cheer about.
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