- After decades of waiting, endless teasers, and many leaked photos, the revived Toyota Supra has FINALLY been unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show in all its glory.
The styling should look pretty familiar to you. The rear three-quarters and side profile are arguably its best angles, making it look like an aggressive and legitimate sports car. In the front is where it gets a bit controversial. Many people initially didn’t love the bulge/nose up front, saying that it doesn’t match the rear end’s aggression, but in general, it looks unique enough to stand out. There are many callbacks to Toyota’s iconic sports cars in a lot of the design cues like the double bubble roof, for example.
The two-seater is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline six with 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission getting power to the rear wheels (that means no manual) and a twin-scroll turbo, that should get the Supra to 60 miles an hour in 4.1 seconds with launch control. You already know that this output is less than the BMW Z4, which shares the same engine and is rated at 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This likely leaves room for Toyota to come out with a higher-performance TRD or GR model later on with more power. Still, the Toyota is faster to 60 mph than the BMW, despite having less power. It’s probably because the Supra is a bit lighter at 3,397 lbs.
There are two driving modes: Normal and Sport. There’s also an adaptive variable suspension and an active differential to control torque between the rear wheels. The rear wheels are wider than the front, and the Supra gets sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires along with Brembo brakes up front.
Another obvious BMW trait adopted in the Supra is a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, which is kind of a holy grail for sports cars. Our own Road Test Editor Sami Haj-Assaad drove a prototype version of the Supra and he said it was “fast, focused, and fun” and that it “feels like a front-engined Porsche 718 Cayman.”
You’ll also recognize that the interior is also very BMW with the horizontal layout, infotainment screen perched on top of the dashboard, and rotary dial. Toyota could have done more to really make it sparkle, though. It looks perfectly fine, but BMW isn’t really known for their exciting interiors. All the regular safety tech, driver assistants, a heads up display, and wireless Apple CarPlay are also available.
Pricing for the Supra has also been announced. Supras start at $49,990 and the first 1,500 units in the U.S. will be Limited Launch Edition Models for $55,250. There are two trims available: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, with the Premium one going for $53,990. The Launch Edition is based on the Premium model. Option packages will include navigation with an upgraded JBL audio system and the driver assist package. Available colors include Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow, Downshift Blue, Phantom Matte Gray, Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray, and Nocturnal Black. 19-inch wheels are standard.
It has been 21 years since Toyota has a Supra and four years since we first saw that crazy FT-1 concept car that foreshadowed this new model. Do you think Toyota’s revived sports car lives up to the hype? Make sure you tell us in the comments below!
a version of this article first appeared on AutoGuide