The phoenix rises with the release of the Toyota Supra 2020 at the Detroit Auto Show, as it shows off its sleek new design, but does it live up to the hype?
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Detroit auto show has been going on, and with it a ton of nice reveals--complete with a 700-plus-Horsepower Ford Mustang, and a better late than never Cadillac XT6 SUV. But none of these compare to the confirmation of the Supra’s return to the consumer market.
Last month we broke down what made the original Toyota Supra a legacy, and debated whether the Supra should make a return to the market. As with any reboot, the new Supra has many complicated roles to fill. The original Supra was a car that had a sports car look and feel without the sports car price. So an updated Supra will have to live up to its lineage. Even though it will be a while before consumers can see the new Supra for themselves--Summer 2019 to be exact--there’s plenty of info for us to look into.
Does the new Toyota Supra at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show do a good job of updating the car while maintaining its legacy? Let's find out.
The Phoenix Rises
While nothing will replace the special feeling you get when driving the classic Supra, we are pumped about the reveal at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
The 2020 Toyota Supra’s new look is sleek, like other contemporary sports cars of the current market. It has a rounder, airy-fast appearance which contrasts the original Supra’s more box-like appearance. We are slightly disappointed with the fake vents, but if it’s what consumers want, then we welcome their addition.
Supra and BMW? A Collaboration That Works
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We were skeptical of Toyota partnering with BMW as we felt the one-of-a-kind 2JZ engine was what made the original Supra so powerful. However, we welcome the collaboration as BMW-sourced, JZ4, is 3.0-liter, turbocharged I6 engine, with a max of 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. It sports an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission, with rear wheel drive. And oh boy, is it fast--with the car estimated to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds. Many can agree: it’s something to get excited about, and we are no different.
What Supra Enthusiasts Are Saying
While the kind folks at CNET aren't too keen on the new design, we think it’s a refreshing change that is (thankfully) going for a more bold, “concept car” look and feel, unlike so many cars that go to the showroom trying to woo people with flashy goodness, only to roll out another basic fiberglass-bubble-looking consumer model. But many of those close to Toyota can confirm that not much will change from the one seen at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and consumer model. So rest assured that the hype will last even after the car's launch in Summer 2019.
Rising From The Ashes
We hope you're as excited for the return of the legendary Supra as we are! Does the new Supra have what it takes to make it in today’s car market? Or will it follow in its predecessors footsteps? Even if it does the latter, we know eventually the Supra will rise again, as its lineage is unmatched. If you think the new Supra was worth the 10-plus years its been off the market let us know. Join us every month as we explore other legendary cars. If you have a suggestion for us to cover next, let us know!