Toyota pays tribute to the long-standing relationship between the Supra and the aftermarket tuning world

The Toyota Supra has arrived at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, and in true form, we’re not just talking about one Supra at SEMA. Nope. There are multiple Supras in attendance at SEMA, each wearing a different alter-ego. One of these models is called the Supra Heritage Edition. It’s the most subtle of the Supras in SEMA, but it’s also the one that we identify with the most. Part of the Supra Heritage Edition’s appeal is its connection to the aftermarket tuning world. Toyota created it as an homage to the tuning scene, something that past versions of the Supra were all very familiar with. Granted, the Supra Heritage Edition doesn’t boast any of the over-the-top madness that past custom Supras could claim, but as a celebration of the relationship between the nameplate and the aftermarket tuning scene, the Supra Heritage Edition is as good as it gets.

  • 2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition
  • Year:
    2020
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    500
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.7 sec.
  • Price:
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2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition Exterior

  • Headlamps inspired by fourth-generation Supra
  • New front splitter
  • New fenders with vents
  • 3D-printed taillight bucket lights that feature CNC-machined lenses
  • Era-specific rear wing
  • Rear diffuser
  • 19-inch twin five-spoke HRE P107SC wheels
  • Toyo Proxes R888R tires measuring 295/30/19 in the front and 305/30/19 in the back
  • Re-Entry Red paint finish
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One of the most intriguing of these SEMA Supras is the one that pays homage to the sports car’s aftermarket roots. It’s called the Supra Heritage Edition and it’s kitted out to lengths that would make the tuning world blush in appreciation.

Up front, the Supra Heritage Edition comes with headlamps that tip the hat to the iconic fourth-generation Supra.

A new front splitter can also be seen. This new piece comes by way of Motorsports Technical Center and LG Motorsports. The Supra’s fenders gain new and actual vents for aerodynamic reasons.

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As fanciful as the upgrades are in the front and sides of the Supra Heritage Edition, the real highlights can be found in the rear. That’s where you’ll see those oh-so-beautiful custom 3D-printed taillight bucket lights that feature CNC-machined lenses. It’s an incredible setup. It really is. Doesn’t it make you wish Toyota actually offered these taillights on the production GR Supra? Moving away from the awesome taillight setup gives us a good look at the Supra Heritage Edition’s era-appropriate rear wing. The wing is also provided by Motorsports Technical Center and LG Motorsports. It is a bit jarring to see the Supra sporting a rear wing and a decklid spoiler at the same time, but it’s also a good example of why the Supra is one of the most hotly customized sports cars in the world. Tuners can get creative with their kits without worrying about compromising the Supra’s performance abilities.

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Meanwhile, the rear diffuser that sits so ominously down below comes from MTC and Cripworks. This is all neatly done, too, particularly in the way the twin exhaust pipes are integrated seamlessly in a center-exit style, completely different from the setup of the standard Supra where the two exhaust pipes are located on opposite ends of the car.

In case you’re interested, the Supra Heritage Edition also wears an exclusive Re-Entry Red paint finish. Speaking of which, this steed also happens to sit on a set of 19-inch twin five-spoke HRE P107SC wheels. All four wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888R tires measuring 295/30/19 in the front and 305/30/19 in the back.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition Interior

  • Model-specific sports seats
  • Alcantara and leather interior
  • BMW-sourced tech and equipment
  • Well-appointed to live up to the Supra’s stature
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We don't get to see a lot of the Heritage Editions's interior, but we do know that it has model-exclusive sports seats.

The seats are dressed in a two-tone red-and-black color scheme, and unless my eyes deceive me, the seat and the backrest appear to be made from Alcantara while the rest of the seat is dressed in fine leather. Either way, the seats appear to offer decent support at high speeds. It might be difficult for some adults to slide into the car given its low-slung nature and visibility isn’t all that, particularly in the side and rear, but once you do make your way inside, you learn to live with it.

The materials in the Supra’s interior are all high-quality, something that you should expect given BMW’s involvement in the development of this car. The dashboard layout is clean. BMW’s fingerprints in the Supra’s interior is no more evident than with the German automaker’s iDrive infotainment system sitting comfortably on the dashboard. Even the layout of the buttons, knobs, and switches, are uncluttered, leaving you with the impression that Toyota really went all-out in making sure that the Supra’s interior looks as premium as premium can be.

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Cargo space isn’t huge, but still usable. Since the Supra is technically a front-engine liftback,

A few pieces of luggage can fit comfortably rear 10.x cubic-foot trunk area.

Just don’t expect to have enough space to carry all your belongings in case you’re going out camping for the weekend. It is interesting that the other photo that Toyota released of the Supra Heritage Edition is that of the sports car’s trunk with parts of the suspension exposed for all the world to see. There should be a cover to conceal the cargo storage area.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition Drivetrain

  • Tuned 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six
  • Turbocharger pushes 18-percent more air into the engine
  • New output of "over 500 horsepower"
  • Stock ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 0 to 60 MPH in less than four seconds
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Under that shiny red hood sits a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine that’s been modified to produce “over 500 horsepower.”

That’s what Toyota is saying, though the automaker isn’t diving into the specifics of the actual figures. The new output is a huge improvement over the stock six-cylinder’s output of 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and goes to show the potential of the new Supra. Toyota accomplished this power increase with the help of aftermarket firm Precision Turbo and Engine. Together, the two outfits worked on improving the engine’s turbocharger to allow 18 percent more air into the engine. Combine that upgrade with a Mission Performance ECU software update and that vague “over 500 horsepower” proclamation sounds more and more believable.

The Supra Heritage Edition also benefits from a custom intake and a three-inch exhaust.

It’s admittedly not the most overblown tuning upgrade to the BMW-sourced turbo-six engine, but the modifications made in this area of the special edition Supra are significant enough to satisfy the model’s special edition billing.

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No mention was made regarding performance numbers, but we can assume that if the Supra Heritage Edition has more than 500 horsepower on tap, it should be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph a lot faster than the standard Supra, which can do it in 4.1 seconds. And, that’s with all the power going to the two rear wheels courtesy of a ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission.

Expect the Toyota Supra Heritage Edition to cover that sprint time in around 3.7 seconds.

As far as top speed is concerned, don’t expect it to go beyond the 155-mph top speed of the factory Supra.

Prices

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There are no indications on whether Toyota is actually planning to roll out the Supra Heritage Edition as a production model. I’m sure a decision will be made soon, especially if the reception behind the model is as positive as Toyota expects it to be. In any event, the standard Supra starts at just a tick under $50,000 here in the U.S. market. It’s not a cheap car by any means, but we’ve come to accept the price tag as a part of doing sports car business in 2019.

Should Toyota green light the Supra Heritage Edition as a production model, expect it to fetch a bit more than the standard base Supra. Perhaps something along the lines of $60,000 to $65,000.

That’s a price I’d be comfortable paying if it means getting my hands on one of these special edition Supras.

Conclusion

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No one needs to convince me that the Toyota Supra Heritage Edition is amazing. I was sold the moment I laid eyes on it. I liked the color of the sports car before I even knew it was an exclusive paint finish. And if you’re going to dangle a Supra that can produce more than 500 horsepower over my head, you better be sure that I’m going to try to take a bite out of it. I like the identity of this special edition Supra, too. I like that Toyota is paying homage to the sports car’s long and illustrious ties to the aftermarket tuning scene. Some of the details even pay tribute to that affiliation. The only thing that would cause me to lose interest in this car is if Toyota doesn’t sell it for production.

The Toyota Supra is, without question, one of the most heavily tuned performance cars in the world. That was the case during the nameplate’s initial run in the ’90s and 2000s, and judging by the armada of GR Supras that Toyota brought to the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, there’s no love lost between the iconic sports car and the aftermarket tuning world. Here’s to hoping that we see the Toyota Supra Heritage Edition way beyond its appearance at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show.

  • Leave it
    • Anything happening in the interior
    • Would love more details on the engie upgrade
    • Big let down if it doesn’t make it to production
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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