As Easter Eggs Go, the Toyota Supra Has One That Pays Tribute to the Nurburgring
Ok, maybe not the entire Green Hell, but a certain section of itby Kirby, on
Five months after its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, the Toyota Supra remains a news driver. It’s not entirely surprising given the hype surrounding the car, and while that hype gave birth to divisive reactions about the coupé itself, the Supra is still a trending topic, even when it comes to curious easter eggs about the Supra’s stylized font. Yes, we’re talking about a hidden tribute that Toyota put in the sports coupe’s name badge, paying homage to a specific section of the Nurburgring. Most of us didn’t notice or even realize it, but now that it’s out there, it’s hard to un-see. Production of the Toyota Supra is ongoing as we wait in earnest for the production model, beginning with the Launch Edition SE that will arrive this summer.
2020 Toyota Supra Nurburgring Easter Egg
Doesn’t it seem like every sports car these days has a connection to the Nurburgring? The Supra isn’t lacking in this department. It’s had numerous testing sessions in the iconic Green Hell over the years. It’s had joint sessions with its sister from another mother, the BMW Z4. It even crashed — or at least a test model of the Supra — at the ‘Ring sometime last week. There are countless stories to tell when talk of the Supra’s relationship with the Nurburgring starts. At some point, one of those stories will be about Toyota’s little ode to the race track, which you can see on the sports car itself.
Part of me wishes that it was a grandiose nod to the ‘Ring. But it’s not. It’s actually pretty subtle, and not a lot of people might even recognize it at first. But it’s there, sitting in plain sight.
All you need to do is go to the Supra’s rear section and look at the stylized “Supra” badge sitting below Toyota’s brand logo
. See, the “S” in the Supra badge isn’t just an “S.” It’s not even an “S” in a foreign font. It’s actually a rendering of a specific S-curve section at — where else? — the Nurburgring Nordschleife. That section, called the Wehrseifen, is located near the track’s 4.97-mile mark.
I’ll admit to not knowing much about this specific section, so I went to the Nurburgring’ s official website and learned a few things about it.
Apparently, the word “Seifen” is Celtic for “valley.” It’s a fitting name considering that this section of the race track runs along a valley that used to accommodate an exercise ground for the old German militia.
The area was also considered a border between rules of Adenau and Breidscheid, which I know very little about. I also don’t know why Toyota specifically singled out this section of the Nurburgring to pay tribute to in the Supra badge. What I do know is that the more I look at the “S” in Supra, the more it starts to look like an actual S-curve.
This little easter egg is one of many important details to know about Toyota’s returning sports car. Who knows, there could be more easter eggs on the car that we still don’t know yet, though I don’t suppose the myriad of fake vents on the sports car count as easter eggs. If they do, they’re rotten ones and not worth our time. But I am open to learning more of these trivia bits if there are any.
Fortunately, most of us can do our proper research on the car soon. The Toyota Supra is arriving in a few months, beginning with the Launch Edition models here in the U.S. A total of 1,500 units of the special edition Supra will be sold in the market. Those who would like to buy one can even choose the color they prefer on their sports cars. I prefer the Renaissance Red 2.0 color scheme, but the Absolute Zero White and Nocturnal Black versions hold their own appeal.
If you’re not interested in the Supra Launch Edition, you can buy the “regular” version a bit later in the year.
The Supra’s price tag starts at $50,920, which is a bit of a steep price to pay.
Then again, it’s actually not as expensive as you think, specifically when you compare it to the 1998 Supra Turbo and throw inflation into the mix. The latter model’s starting price back in 1998 was $40,000. Adjusted for the value of Benjamins today, that adds up to around $62,000.
Besides, if you buy the new Supra, you’re not just getting a 355-horsepower sports coupé. You’re also getting a car with a lot of stories to tell, beginning with the stylized badge it’s wearing.
|Engine||turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder|
|Horsepower||335 hp at 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||365 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm|
|0-60 mph||4.1 seconds|
|Top Speed (electronically limited)||155 mph|
|Top Speed (no limiter)||175 mph (est.)|
Read our full driven review on the 2020 Toyota Supra.
Read our review of the 2020 Toyota Supra