Ace of Base: 2020 Toyota Supra

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
ace of base 2020 toyota supra

This one is sure to set tongues wagging and keyboards clacking. The return of the mighty Supra nameplate is — depending to whom you speak — either an abomination the likes of which the motoring world has never seen, or a wonderful harbinger of all things fun and sporty.

For the record, your author is in the latter camp. Don’t @ me.

Three trims of the are new Supra available at launch: Base 3.0, Premium 3.0, and a Launch Edition. Is the entry-level model worth a mention? Or should one proceed directly to one of the more expensive options?

The initial 1500 production Supras for the U.S. market will be Launch Edition models, prices at $55,250 and uniquely numbered with a carbon-fiber badge bearing the likeness of Akio Toyoda’s signature. Snazzy. But beyond any initial exclusivity, there is a better value to be had.

Base 3.0 models are priced at $49,990. I can think of a good many go-fast parts from a burgeoning aftermarket for this car that could be bought with the $5,260 price difference. All Supra coupes are powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that produces 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Paying extra to the dealers nets you naught in terms of extra power. Entry-level models are also endowed with adaptive suspension, an active rear differential, and launch control.

Sticking with the base car essentially means forgoing a set of leather seats and snazzier infotainment. If you can live without wireless Apple CarPlay, you’ll be just fine. A 12-speaker JBL audio system only serves to add weight anyway, right? Right.

And, yes, I’m well aware base Supra coupes will have different rims than the car in the snappy media image shown in today’s post. Unkind remarks about the Supra’s design, especially around its mouth, should be checked until one sees the thing with their own two eyes. In person, its lines and proportions work together wonderfully.

A raft of safety kit appears on the cheapest Supra. Standard features include the likes of forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure nannies, and automatic high beams. An $1,195 Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise and the like. Leave it on the table.

Like it or lump it, the new Supra is here. All the Luddites decrying it as a tarted-up BMW are severely missing the point and should be forced to daily commute a Trabant for the next six months. As a statement of intent, the new Supra is a dandy. Combined with the 86, I think we are currently enjoying the best Toyota showroom in ages.

Feel free to yell at me in the comments. But you’ll still be wrong.

[Images: Toyota]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make our automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you’d like to see in our series? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer will probably sell for less.

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  • Gglockster Gglockster on Feb 20, 2019

    I'm pretty much "done" with BMW. As much as I like BMW's I6, the electronic nightmare BMW calls a car has me throwing in the towel. I'm interested in this car. I'd like to see how it rides and how reliable it is. Assuming I can fit my 6' frame in comfort and it reflects Toyota reliability, it at least makes my short list. Sure, I'd like a stick and a car of beauty. I'm ok with sacrificing this since I'm on the inside and not gawking on the outside. Also at least I'm driving the car instead of some AI.

  • Gedrven Gedrven on Feb 22, 2019

    Ace of base? This aces nothing. I'll reserve esthetic judgment, fine, but I have no reservations about deriding this thing as obese, lazy, and irrelevant. Two pedals, the bigger of which is redundant since the car will brake when it feels like it anyway, and 3400 pounds? In a two-seat RWD sports car with an aluminum 3-liter engine? I know there are mandatory safety standards, but surely this goes above and beyond, straight into the realm of bad engineering. I pity a generation of gearheads who grow up thinking that this is what a performance car is supposed to be. FT86 was one answer to a particular market demand, hamstrung by a lack of power. This is another answer, fixing the power problem but inexplicably adding two bigger ones. Maybe they'll get it right on the third try? We want power *and* driver involvment. Treat the 86 like the 80's Celica: stretch it a bit and give it a turbo flat-6, but for Pete's sake keep it under 3k (86 is ~2800; this should be doable) and with 3 pedals.

  • Sgeffe Honda should breathe a sigh of relief! This makes the decimation of the Cam..”Accord”..look like a bathroom accident! Funny thing, as was pointed out, that apparently mirroring the user’s phone wasn’t the be-all end-all! What a disgrace! 😂
  • Wayne no one ever accused Mary Teresa Barra of being smart
  • Mike1041 I’m sure that it’s cheaper to install a Google system than pay for Apple and android. Simple cost reduction with all the pr crap to make the user think it’s better
  • MKizzy A highly visible steering wheel lock is the best deterrent when the H/K thieves are amateurs looking for a joyride. The software fix may be effective in keeping an H/K car where you parked it, but I doubt most wannabe kia boyz will bother checking for the extra window sticker before destroying the window and steering column. Also, I guarantee enough H/K drivers won't bother getting either the software fix or a steering column lock to keep these cars popular theft targets for years to come. Therefore, any current H/K owners using a steering column lock should consider continuing to do so for the long term.
  • Jack For me, this would be a reason for rejection if considering a purchase of one of these overgrown golf carts.