The hotly anticipated Toyota Supra is back for the 2020 model year — and back in the U.S. for the first time since 1998. The fifth-generation Supra has something of a legend to live up to, and enthusiasts have had more than two decades to idealize what this new car should be, so expectations were high going in. The result? A sports car that’s pretty darn fun to drive.
The 2020 Supra was co-developed alongside the 2019 BMW Z4 roadster. The cars share a platform, powertrain, suspension components and even interior bits like the multimedia system, so it would be fair to assume that they are one and the same. However, it turns out that two very different cars can be born out of the same pile of parts. Through the power of tuning, the Supra manages to differentiate itself from its roadster relative.
Covering everything from suspension to steering, Cars.com’s Brian Wong details just how tuning elevates the 2020 Supra to true sports car status in his full review, which you can check out via the related link above. For the quick take on this sports car, keep reading.
Here are five things we like — and two we don’t — about the 2020 Toyota GR Supra:
Things We Like
1. Sounds Good
The Supra sounds as a sports car should. It hits some notes in Normal mode, but in Sport, it really goes all out. When driving hard, Wong said, the car boasts a “soundtrack” to match. The engine growls when you’re on the accelerator and makes all sorts of pops when you lift your foot off, not to mention lots of loud blips when it upshifts.
2. Gives More Power Than It’s Rated For
Despite its tuning, the Supra does maintain some of the quirks of a BMW — one of those being the tendency for the European luxury brand to underrate the power of its engines. While the window sticker will tell you this thing gets 335 horsepower out of its 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, it feels more like 380 or 390 hp. And, it pours on quickly.
3. Sharp Steering
The Supra steers well. Given the Z4’s problems in that area, the steering feels a lot better in the Supra, despite the similar hardware. It has a decent amount of weight without feeling too cumbersome and gives good feedback.
4. No Manual, But …
This may be a “don’t like” for true manual fans, but the standard eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option in the Supra. However, it’s a good one. It holds onto gears well and makes fast, refined upshifts under aggressive driving conditions. Normal mode offers a more relaxed transmission response.
5. Snug Fit but Serves All Sizes
Lower the seat and slide it back, and almost anyone can fit in the Supra, even taller drivers and passengers. The bubbles in the roof above each seat increase headroom. That said, it’s not exactly a roomy fit — perhaps “cozy” is the better word for it.
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Things We Don’t
As mentioned, tall people may be able to fit into the seats of the Supra, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be able to see out of it. The top of the windshield is pretty low, so when your head is up near the headliner, it’s hard to see out. There’s also a blind spot on the passenger side approximately the size of a car, so the optional blind spot monitor may be less of an “option” and more of a must-have safety feature.
2. Multimedia Quirks
The multimedia system — much like everything else in the Supra — is sourced from BMW. Apple CarPlay is available as an option, and luckily you don’t have to pay for BMW’s subscription service. However, there’s no Android Auto. The screen’s many menus take some getting used to, but are easily navigable by touch. The problem is that it’s hard to reach the screen while driving, so you end up having to use the dial instead.
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