2020 Supra Comparison Review



History Revisited.

 

BMW/Toyota Partnership.

 

0-60 Times to Drool Over.

 

Perfect Dimensions.

 

Even Rocks the Fuel Economy.

 

Great Price.

 

You asked for it, and Toyota delivered. It has been two decades since the fourth-generation Supra stopped being sold in the US, but now, the 2020 fifth-generation Toyota Supra rockets back into the market. For many, this has been a long time coming. Starting production in the late seventies, the Supra was sold in the US until 1998. It stopped production worldwide in 2002, but its popularity remained thanks in part to a certain Fast and Furious appearance.

Now it’s back. The 2020 Supra is meaner, faster, and better than ever before. After a long development period with BMW, the Supra is rolling into dealerships in the summer of 2019. Yes, that’s right. The Supra was co-developed with BMW, and some are worried. Will this still be a true Supra, or will this simply be another Z4, the car it is built alongside? The answer is this: the Supra may share an engine with the Z4, but it is its own car.

The development of the two vehicles was kept separate intentionally. MotorTrend reported back in January that the developers of the Supra and the Z4 had never driven the other’s car. The teams decided early on what they wanted out of each other and then split for several years while working on their respective cars. This is the result.

So, what is the advantage of working with BMW for the Supra? The greatest boon is the inline-six engine. In the 2020 Toyota Supra, this engine has reported numbers of 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Car and Driver reports that there might actually be even more power under the hood. In their own test, they found the 2020 Supra to have 339 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque. No wonder the car has a reported 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds, once again reported by Car and Driver.

This time is faster than the MotorTrend tested 4.1 seconds on the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman. It also beats the 4.0 seconds made by the 2019 BMW M2 in the same test. Most impressively of all, the BMW Z4, the model that is being created with the same engine as the 2020 Supra, has a projected time of 4.4 seconds. The 2020 Toyota Supra has some serious acceleration.

Not only does it have excellent acceleration, but it also has great handling. Because of its perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the 2020 Supra takes corners like no one else. Don’t just take my word for it, though. In MotorTrend’s comparison between the 2020 Supra, the 2019 BMW M2, and the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman, MotorTrend says this: “The steering is super quick and has absolutely zero dead spots, so every movement you make on the wheel directly translates into precision and accuracy on the road.” CNBC, in its first drive article, agrees. “From a performance and handling perspective, everything about the 2020 Toyota Supra emphasizes balance.”

Not only is the 2020 Toyota Supra fast, not only does it handle like a dream, but it also gets incredible fuel economy. Now, typically, most don’t buy a sports car for the fuel economy, but it still exists. Filling up is annoying when all you want to do is burn down the countryside. The 2020 Supra understands this and provides a rating of 24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.

The 2020 Jaguar F-Type has a base fuel economy of 23/30/26 city/highway/combined. That is close to the 2020 Supra, but the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman, at base and with a comparable automatic transmission, runs at 22/29/25. Even worse, the 2019 Audi TT RS runs at 19/29/22. Finally, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette at base sits at 15/25/18. Again, you typically don’t buy a sports car based off of its fuel economy, but the 2020 Toyota Supra will keep you going longer than any of these vehicles. If you would like to see more comparison, you can check out Car and Driver’s article comparing the Supra’s fuel economy to other sports cars (link below).

Now, let’s get down to the hard issue: price. Unless you are so ridiculously rich that money means nothing to you anymore, this issue will be in the back of your head. Should I spend my money on the Supra, or should I go with the Cayman? Maybe the BMW M2? You want to get the most bang for your buck. After all, a sports car is a special purchase. You’re not going to buy one every day.

To give some solid numbers, the base 2020 Toyota Supra starts at $49,990. That is an investment, but so is any sports car. After all, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman starts at $58,150. The 2020 BMW M2 starts at $64,054, and the 2020 BMW Z4, the vehicle built alongside the 2020 Supra, costs $69,178 to start. The 2020 Supra begins at a cheaper cost, and it also maintains a cheap cost fully loaded.

The Launch Edition of the 2020 Toyota Supra has an MSRP of $55,250. That is still $3000 cheaper than the base Cayman. The GTS model of the 2019 Cayman is $81,842. You could buy one and a half Supras for that amount of money.

As Consumer Report says in their review, “There is precious little to gripe about.” Let’s be honest for a moment. If you are reading about the 2020 Supra, you probably already want one, yeah? You probably already know its history. You probably already know its fast. You probably already know it handles like a dream.

Toyota has spent most of the past decade working on this car. Even Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota himself, raced the 2020 Supra at the 2019 ADAC 24-hour Nürburgring enduro. If you would like to read more about that, then check out the article by The Drive (linked below). Mr. Toyoda himself ordered this car to be made, and he himself drove it. If that is not a glowing enough recommendation, I don’t know what is.

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Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

MotorTrend 2020 Toyota Supra First Look: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/supra/2020/2020-toyota-supra-first-look-review/

Car and Driver 2020 Toyota Supra Power Testing: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a27543113/2020-toyota-supra-dyno-horsepower/

Car and Driver 2020 Toyota Supra Review: https://www.caranddriver.com/toyota/supra

MotorTrend Supra vs. M2 vs. 718 Cayman Comparison: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/supra/2020/2020-toyota-supra-vs-porsche-718-cayman-vs-bmw-m2-competition-comparison-test/

CNBC 2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/10/review-the-2020-toyota-supra-was-worth-the-long-wait.html

Car and Driver 2020 Toyota Supra MPG Comparison: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/g27041634/2020-toyota-supra-mpg-comparison/

Consumer Report 2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2020-toyota-supra-first-drive-review/

The Drive Akio Toyoda Driving a Toyota Supra: https://www.thedrive.com/news/28632/toyota-president-akio-toyoda-racing-a-supra-in-the-nurburgring-24-under-fake-name