Toyota really wants to sell its new Supra as an epic sports car for both the street and the race track. That last bit is particularly interesting, because the passage of time has led to many people forgetting – or perhaps never realizing in the first place – that the previous-generation A80 Supra wasn’t really that great in the turns. It wasn’t terrible, but there’s a reason why pretty much every monster Supra you see on YouTube is doing a straight-line pull instead of a canyon run.
Things are made even more interesting in this report from Motor Trend, which claims that the Supra’s sculptured S in its rear badge is actually a rendition of Wehrseifen – a descending section of the Nürburgring approximately 5.2 miles into the Nordschleife loop that’s a bit twisty, like an S. We didn’t doubt the Motor Trend pros but honestly, that factoid seemed a bit neat to us so we contacted Toyota and confirmed that yes, Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada himself noted the sweeping S design was inspired by the Green Hell. Still, we can’t help but notice a very strong similarity to the scripting used on the legendary fourth-generation car.
Gallery: 2020 Toyota Supra
Does this automatically mean the reborn Supra is ready to carve corners? We recently had some seat time in the new model, and though we can’t talk about our first impressions just yet, our time in a Supra prototype last year was quite enjoyable. There are always changes between preproduction prototypes and a production-spec models, so it will be very interesting to see exactly what those differences are.
Our big Supra first drive will be coming very soon, as are the initial models to hit dealerships. Production for the snazzy BMW-shared sports car began back in March, leading with the first production model which sold for no less than $2.1 million at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first batch of the 1,500 launch edition cars will arrive in showrooms this summer, with standard models following in the fall.
Source: Motor Trend