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New 2020 Toyota Supra is Built on a Variation of BMW's Architecture

The new Toyota Supra 2020, if you know about the BMW Z4, then you will see something that looks almost identical. 

That's because it's built on a variation of BMWs architecture. A rear-wheel-drive puzzle piece that they convert into multiple vehicles like the 3-Series, the 5-Series, and the X5.

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They can build multiple vehicles of that, but the problem was BMW no longer had a dedicated platform for a specific sports car.

They take 4-door sedans and turn them into sports cars, so they wanted to have something more of a driver's vehicle, and that's where Toyota came in. 

They said: "Hey, we want to build a super, or we want to make a sports car. Can we work together to do that?"

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So that's where this development started now. Toyota is not able to tell you how much correctly they did or did not do.

But what we do know is pretty much everything on here is BMW. 

The complete car was then outsourced to an automotive supplier, one of the only automotive suppliers in the world that will build vehicles for you, Magna International, in Austria.

So you have two customers BMW and Toyota, that said we want to create a car, and then you have a 3rd party that handles all the manufacturing for them. 

So, it's a fascinating process with this, and a lot of it is.

Is the 2020 Toyota Supra Exterior Make It Affordable?


Toyota claims this is one of the only ways they could have gotten this car made affordably and make any sense from a business perspective.

But let's take a look at the suspension. It might be a dedicated platform. It's still a shared architecture, which means BMW can plug-in components from other cars. In this case, it has the M2 front suspension.

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The aluminum subframe carrier, control arms, the aluminum knuckle, and upright leads to an electronic damper. 

All the dampers in this car are electric, it has two driver-selectable modes normal and sport, and the way Toyota does its normals for the street or track or, you know, flatter surfaces at high speed.

These dampers can adjust themselves on their own about a hundred times a second. So based on all the car sensors, it can go softer or firmer as need. 

At the higher speeds, it goes to a higher profile. The difference between the modes is the aggressiveness of those profiles.

So sport will tend to be on the firmer side. But this car rides impressive for what it is when you look at the underbelly, much like the Z4. 

The amount of body adhesives, the coverings, all of this makes for a more quiet experience than you would expect. It is incredibly isolated.

But let's take a look at the rear suspension in the back of the Supra. There are two subtle differences from the Z4, and one is the deletion of the support brace on the Supra that connected the panel to the subframe carrier.

That's probably because the Z4 is a convertible. The body structure is a bit less rigid, so a brace is added to the Z4, which was also four-cylinder.

It didn't split off into the dual exhaust, which is not technically a true dual exhaust. It only had one outlet to the muffler, and this has two. 

The only other structural reinforcement on the Z4 that's noticeable is the strut tower brace that this does not have because Toyota claims don't need it.

The back is all identical, and the control arm covers all the stamped steel parts in the suspension. The sealed steel subframe carrier has had an aluminum knuckle the only other thing to talk about is with the premium and the launch edition.

The brake rotors in the rear are more substantial, which is strange. But the front's are the same across all the models, but still, they don't have Brembo branding.

You have a BMW stamp, four-piston calipers in the front, but other than that, the only thing else you'll notice is how much undercoating is all over. 

At the bottom, there's no bare piece of metal anywhere, and that's part that contributes to the overall quietness and low road noise of the car.

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New Toyota Supra Engine

Under the hood, you get Toyota b-58 twin-turbo direct-injected 3-liter, inline-six designed, manufactured, and developed by BMW connected to a ZF auto trans, eight-speed torque inverted.

ZF has now become one of the best automatic torque inverted trans on the market. 

It shifts fast when you're driving aggressively up and downshifts at Rev matches. It holds gears based on, of course, the programming of the ECU.

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It's smooth around town, something that dual clutches still struggle. So that's a highlight. But it is missing a manual transmission option, which is something for an enthusiast car of this day and age at this cost.

So why buy a Toyota sports car with BMW reliability? What we are worried about here at Toyota. So, they took this machine, not this particular one. But maybe the ringer machine is entirely made.

The Toyota secret lab is where they dismantle it. Each bolt-fastening nut bolts tighten the Pistons to determine whether they meet Toyota's stringent quality standards. 

They found that it did end the story, so you should know that this will be as reliable as any Toyota product.

Still, the problem is if you're a real consumer, it's going to take you a couple of years to figure that out on your own. But luckily these things are getting beat. 

They're being tracked, tuned, and modified. You have all the lovely bloggers in a race, trying to change the hell out of this.

Put there's too much horsepower in it, and the good thing they become the early adopters. They're going to figure out for you if you should buy this and keep it long-term or if you should modify it now.

So you can check out others' racing blog. They are a few guys on the internet than building this motor up for race purposes. 

So you're going to see an image of it coming up going back in taking the heads blocks, the disassembly process, and putting it all back together. It is fantastic, and they make it look so easy.

Toyota Supra Interior

The interior is mostly BMW in terms of design ergonomics, knobs, buttons, and switches. 

Right down to the last generation, you do get a lovely little thing on the top that warns you that BMW is collecting your data. 

You can turn that off, so it blocks them from obtaining your GPS location. Now let's talk about the good and the bad of the interior and compare it to the Lexus or Toyota infotainment.

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Some thought the speakers are necessarily poor; it's just a tight space, does not lend to the best dynamic range or frequency response. 

Speaker placement as well it's questionable, and the tweeters are a little bit too low.

There's a lot of reflections, and it's just indicative of a smaller cab. There's so much you can do at this price point. But speaking of the price point, you know everything works on the head unit design.

You'll notice a lot more lag than typical iDrive setup, and it is pretty slow like they might have used a slower processor. 

Again this is the last generation Toyota's. The hot getting the newer version should be a lot more simple and easy to figure out. 

The HVAC controls are prominent, and everything is simple, so it laid out that you can get and understand what you're doing.

There are two complaints from a Toyota perspective. The first is they made zero effort to personalize to make it feel like a Toyota from the BMW when you get in. 

These are like little things that the product planning team can say: "Okay, we just wanted a little bit more customized."

Hence, you feel like you're more in a Toyota than a BMW, and that's just no cost things in terms of programming. 

The other thing that maybe you don't like is just how generically an afterthought the screen stuck on. 

Still, it just looks horrible, and they had to have it here like "Where are we going to put it?". 

They should have integrated into the dashboard. 

Because if you look at the center stack area, all is just a wasted space like 1 through 8 presets when they could have built it in the center part, and move the vents aside, clutters upper dash part. It makes it feel a lot busier than it needs to be.

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But other than that, there are some complaints from a headroom. If you 6 foot 4, then you don't fit this car. You will continually hit your head when getting in and out. Also, the beltline is so low.

These are a lot of things that you deal with sports cars. They're trying to make a more fitted cabin.

You know they compromised the interior space by having a thicker sill design for structural rigidity. Toyota wasn't trying to do with the upper, and they widened everything out to make it feel like a more ordinary car.

They wanted it to have the rigidity in more of a sports car feel. So some of this depending on the body type you have to get in here.

Even though it's only a two-seater, that will limit most people's accessibility to it. You know to have two seats, heard not having a back seat but the hatch because it is a hatchback. 

You do fit a lot of stuff back like really usable. It's not just a tiny space, it just like we could talk about this, and it's been discussed to death.

But you know what some people don't care about this car is the price, $49,000, which is not cheap. But when looking at this as a touring car at GT car, it's excellent.

The way they set this car up was something that you could drive every day and be comfortable. 

It has it does do an excellent job in that dual personality role. It's just soft enough for the street and slightly firm enough for aggressive driving.

You know, it may not be the greatest for the hardcore track. But it is skewed towards the street in the right way, like what people love in this car.

What are Toyota Supra Rivals?

When compared to its specific rivals, the C7 stingray bass is E51, maybe a Mustang, and let's say M2, and this does highway cruising better than all of them. 

There's a lot of cars in this price range, but the most prominent case about the Supra is at $50,000, you have many options.

You know the best car in this category. This is the most unique because it is a throwback to the two-seater sports car that doesn't exist except maybe Porsche, the American cars like the Mustang and the Camaro. 

They don't have the kind of straightforwardness or the directness of this car.

But the Vette definitely and the Cayman does. So those are the two closest comparisons.

So, how do you blend the emotional side of a sports car? Make it great, sensitive, and make it comfortable on the street! 

That's why the Supra is so good at what it does, and you could put this at the top of the list of the cars you would own.

Now objectively, is it better than those other cars as a performance car? Well, it depends on many things.

For example, you bought like a regular C7 or C7 Grand Sport or even a Camaro SS. 

One week, there are faster cars and arguably more engaging as a streetcar though you think this is better than the Corvette. So, it depends on the type of buyer you are.

If you're an American car person, if you are a Mustang or a Camaro person, there's no way you're going to consider the Supra. 

There's just no way that you would buy this car over those cars. So a lot of car buying is an emotional, subjective purchase.

What matters is highway driving long-distance cruising at least for booing most people to fire their sports cars, and this at 80-90 goes to jail speeds is extremely quiet. 

You always have enough power to pass, and it's very comfortable.

What about its power? You have the exhaust pops, you have the sound, you have the speed, and the new Toyota Supra is faster than you expected.

That's where you can get a good sense of speed because this car as fast as the atom was when you got a higher rate, and it's going to be more than most people can handle.

You'll found it's edgier, and it has better driver characteristics on the M2 competition regardless of speed, and this would be the ideal driver's car version of that. 

The character of the Toyota Supra is more balanced and more your type of vehicle.

The trail brakes well on the track, and it rides way better than the M2 does.

However, you can bring up one of the most significant points, and most of that is subjective. What do you prefer more and a lot of people don't like the look of this car.

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What do you think about the 2020 Toyota Supra body? You know, some people like it's impressive, especially the back end, some people think the front is hideous. 

That's the side effects of trying to turn that concept car into a reality.

There are so many trade-offs of making a car that has to meet regulations on the street. That's kind of why this looks awkward compared to the M2. 

But this is a dedicated platform that was designed to be more of a two-seat sports car.

However, there's a huge negative to not having a manual transmission. This car is not fast enough to guarantee it has an automatic manual.

You would have a lot more enjoyment with a manual transmission, and this is the type of car that people would buy. But why didn't they have a manual transmission? 

Because if they said, "look, we have a manual transmission on the pipe!" people wouldn't buy this the first year. 

They'd be like, okay, I'm going to wait for the manual. 

So they've been cautious about how they've talked about it. But this car definitely would be better for it, at least as an option the ZF in this car.

Toyota did all the tuning for at least they claimed they did in this. They adjusted it. It's excellent; however, it's not as good as the N dual-clutch, but it's perfect, right.

Toyota Supra 2020 Pros and Cons

They decided to use the Supra name on a car that wasn't designed and manufactured by Toyota, and that's the biggest hang-up.
But when you get overall, that might be a massive step for some people when you drive Toyota Supra. It is one of the best modern sports cars that you can buy at an affordable price range. 

There's a lot of competition you have, Mustangs Camaros, Caymans, and they all add something in a way that this has and doesn't have.

If you want a Toyota or a Lexus sports car that is purely designed by them, you have to go to something like the RC F. 

Now, that's as close to the original as you can get. Yes, it has a V8, but it has more of that spirit or the LC 500.

The next thing that people complain about is all of the fake vents all over this car. They said it was inspired by the GR super a race car. So all those kind of event locations is they're just fake.

From a product planning perspective, you need to narrow down the ones that can be usable and not cover them up or body matches them. 

So they don't look like fake vents because that's the biggest complaint from enthusiasts.

It seems very poser; the two other negatives is this car has some pretty nasty wind buffeting. When you have both the windows down feels like the air is trapped in the back of this hatch.

It creates high pressure in the car, and it just like it's very annoying. They need to do something to extract the air from the back of the car better or do some air balancing.

The audio system isn't the most significant thing on the planet. But it's passable because of this car so quiet and refined.

With the right tires or the proper aftermarket support as things evolve, the 2020 Toyota Supra is going to be a nutty car, and you're going to enjoy it.

Now the question is, "Is it going to have BMW reliability problems?" The engineer said, "I don't think we will." He believed it, and you can trust Toyota's reputations.

So far, everything looks good, and it seems like a reliable car. 

We hope that it winds up being an excellent vehicle for most people. If you're considering it, just test drive it versus the other cars and its category and find out the right one for you.
Ryan Daniel
Ryan Daniel Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast. Since owning his first BMW at a young age, he has loved the automotive world even more.