2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: Reset your expectations

The 2020 Toyota Supra faces troublesome viewers. Followers of the unique automobiles – with 17-plus years of misty-eyed reminiscing beneath their belts – are mechanically suspicious of something Toyota would possibly take into account worthy of the Supra badge.

These acquainted with Toyota’s present vary of earnest-however-hardly-coronary heart-pounding fashions are, justifiably, skeptical that the automaker may make a legit sports activities automobile. Then there’s the corporate the brand new Supra retains. Toyota’s take care of BMW to collaborating on a sports activities automobile produced each the 2020 Supra and the most recent Z4. It additionally generated a deep, sticky morass of confusion about merely how a lot of Toyota’s DNA is definitely inside its new halo automobile.

Right here’s the truth. The Supra and the Z4 are primarily based on a newly-created platform made in collaboration between Toyota and BMW: the previous didn’t merely go elements-purchasing within the latter’s present vary. Whereas the platform could also be shared, these are nonetheless two very completely different vehicles, with entirely different driving feels and focuses. And, most basically, if it hadn’t been for that partnership, we wouldn’t have gotten this new automotive in any respect. Oh, and there’s one other fact it’s worthwhile to know. The 2020 Supra is enjoyable.

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