Photography by ©2020 Toni Avery
This Supra is powered by a 3.0 L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine producing 335 HP and 365 lb-ft of torque mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels with stopping power provided by 4-piston ventilated disc Brembo brakes front and 4-piston ventilated disc brakes rear.
I was impressed with the performance of the Supra. This little car is quick and nimble thanks to its low 3397 lb. curb weight. The car didn’t mind cruising around town or droning at a set speed on the freeway, but it really shined on curvy dynamic roads. Or while going sideways. The Supra handles really well and feel so solid and planted. This is in part thanks to the Adaptive Variable Sport Suspension that reads the road thousands of times per second allowing the car to perform at its best no matter the conditions.
Sport mode is really the only way this car should be driven. The car sounds more aggressive, shifts are more exciting (even in automatic) and it’s just overall more engaging. I love the exhaust burble on every downshift. While on the freeway using the adaptive cruise control, I did leave it in Normal mode most of the time to maximize fuel economy and to keep the noise level at a minimum. Speaking of fuel economy, it’s quite impressive! It’s definitely a good choice for the sports car fan that doesn’t want to have to fill up as often.
The most fun I had in the car was when I was able to get it sideways. It’s so much fun! Very predictable and easy to handle. It seems to love getting sideways almost as much as I do. I’d love to get one of these on a track and see what it could do. I’m sure it’s quite addicting.
If I were to pick out one thing that I wasn’t crazy about it would be the transmission. It’s not bad, I’ll just start there. But it’s also not the best automatic I’ve tested. But it’s also not the worst. I’d say as far as standard automatics go, this one is up towards the top. I would be curious to see what a DCT would be like. But I also have to acknowledge that I’m guessing price point might have been a factor in why that didn’t happen.
The outside of the Supra is finished in the optional color Nitro Yellow ($425).
This car is just gorgeous! Say what you will about it “just being a BMW,” Toyota has done an outstanding job in the design of this vehicle. It’s curvy in the right places, it’s sharp in the right places and is proportionally sound. It looks the part of a sports car and definitely looks more expensive than it is. I think for the price point, you’d be hard pressed to find something as pretty.
The inside of the Supra is finished in black leather with some carbon fiber trim.
While I’m crazy about the outside of the car, the inside leaves a little to be desired. I would have loved to see some matching yellow stitching or some varying color/textures. But I did have to remind myself that a price point needed to be stuck to for this car. It’s very much BMW inside with very little being changed. But it is simple and there is something to be said about simplicity for a sports car.
The wireless charger was a very nice convenience and the wireless Apple CarPlay was a new feature for me in a press car so that was interesting as well. The seats were comfortable and the trunk provided more space than expected for items in the back. It is an overall comfortable environment inside the Supra. And the sound it makes helps keep you smiling the entire time you drive it.
Now the big question. Would I own one. That requires a complicated answer.
Yes – because it’s fun, beautiful, and well-constructed with all the great tech you could need and I love the partnership between Toyota and BMW for this vehicle.
No – Because of the transmission. Again, I don’t hate it, I just think it could be better. I’m not saying it needs a manual (which I know a lot of enthusiasts are saying), I just think it could benefit from an even better transmission.
I’ll take one in Absolute Zero and red leather trim.
2020 Toyota Supra GR:
Base Price: $53,990
Driver Assist Package (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor/Rear Cross
Traffic Alert, Parking Sensors w/ Emergency Braking Function – $1,195)
Special Color ($495), Emergency Kit ($59), Cargo Tote ($49), Paint Protection
Film ($395), Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps ($925), Carpet Cargo Mat ($80), Wheel Locks ($65)
Destination Charge: $995
Total Price: $58,138
Fuel Economy: 24 City, 31 Highway, 26 Combined
GirlsDriveFastToo gives the 2020 Toyota Supra GR an overall rating of (out of 5 total):