Is the souped-up Supra testing at the Nürburgring now?

There are images aplenty of the new Supra, but these days, Toyota’s been testing a race-prepped version of their new sports car at the Nordschleife which we think might be the mule for the upcoming sportier Supra.

With this occasion, we got a chance to get a little closer to the Supra, and we like what we see. For example, we got an eyeful of the interior, with the center stack lacking any sort of camouflage with the big infotainment screen on top of the central attraction. It all seems to be, apart from the racing wheel, pretty much stock, so there’s not much guesswork left to do about how the interior will look, given that some renderings of the interior and exterior were also leaked this week.

2020 Toyota Supra GR Exterior Styling

  • Unique design that has nothing to do with its BMW brethren
  • Elements inspired by the FT-1 concept car retained for production
  • Very compact proportions
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Toyota has been putting the new Supra through endless open road tests, likely racking up thousands upon thousands of miles with all these outings.

The Japanese manufacturer even let journalists have a go with a test mule at Jarama, in Spain, but all was done while the car wore significant camouflage inside and out. Basically, we’ve seen so much of the camouflaged Supra that some start to wonder whether Toyota might actually offer the camo as an exterior color option.

What I mean to say is, although there’s no shortage of "spy shots" of the fifth-generation Supra, we haven’t really seen it in all its beauty. What are we looking at, then? Well, we’re already lucky that the Supra has some pretty strong lines, like those rear wheel arches or the bulging nose, which can’t really stay hidden under some swirly pattern. But we do see, now, that the Supra will have some clever winglets on either side of the front bumper which extend from the lip of the bumper and shoot upwards similar to the aerodynamic appendages that the 488 Pista sports, for instance. Otherwise, it’s the same car that we’ve already become accustomed with. The sweeping hood which features two outer air vents towards the A-pillar ends with the rounded, protruding nose. The nose is underlined by the rounded headlights which end with a narrow strip, just wide enough for the LED running light which runs from the top outer corner of the headlight unit around the outside. As noted before, the range-topping Supra will feature all-LED headlights.

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The nose also acts as a separator of the two outer air intakes in the bumper with two styling bars designed to look as if they are supporting the nose itself.

This makes way for a third, central, air intake while Toyota also took care to direct some air just under the headlights where there are two extra holes in the frontal bodywork.

The protruding side skirts form a styling line towards the lower end of the doors which extends from the front quarter panel all the way to the end of the door where it glides upwards and forms an air vent near the door handle. The line is then continued emphasizing the muscular hips of the Supra. The rear ends abruptly as the car features short rear overhangs. The narrow taillights themselves are placed inside some indentation just below the rear spoiler that opens up thanks to a pair of air vents on either side. The ducktail spoiler is incorporated in the trunk which is not hinged to the roof, meaning that the rear window always stays in place.

Toyota recently brought to the Nordschleife a more racy version of the fifth-gen Supra, although nowhere near the extreme GR Concept, which features racing wheels and, just like on the production model, there are two exhaust outings in the rear bumper. Otherwise, the car received minor modifications suggesting that this is isn’t a proper Supra race car as it’s far from what a GT4 version would look like, GT4 being the category that requires the least amount of modifications to be made to the road going, model. Also, the race car seen here lacks the winglets at the outer edges of the bumper which we’ve described before and which could be on the production car. What this might be, then, is a mule of the upcoming more extreme version of the Supra GRMN which was hinted previously, Tetsuya Tada. With that being said, the road car will most likely not feature a rain LED light at the back or towing straps!

2020 Toyota Supra GR Interior Design

  • ’Floating’ display on the center stack, different from BMW
  • Interior design dominated by straight lines and flat surfaces
  • Toyota seems to not follow BMW design with the center stack angled towards the driver
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For the most part, Toyota has been carefully camouflaging the interior of its new Supra, but the recent spy shots also show parts of the interior of the new two-seater.

For starters, don't expect anything like what the Mk. IV interior looked like, naturally.

This one won’t have the center stack wrapped around the driver and, apparently, it won’t even be slightly tilted towards the person behind the wheel as we see on the new Z4. From the renderings and from what we’ve been able to peak under the camouflage, the interior won’t be in any way particularly flashy. It’s dominated by straight lines and flat surfaces with a wide crease in the middle of the dash that runs along the width of the interior where Toyota placed the A/C vents.

On top of the dash, there will be a large-size infotainment display, unlike the setup on the BMW where the screen in the middle is incorporated in the center stack. This is also featured on the mildly tuned race car which is packed with a racing OMP wheel, a digital display behind it, full-on roll-cage and carbon door panels.

The interior itself is just roomy enough to fit two passengers and, theoretically, some very small children in the back.

It was suggested that it could end up being more cramped than that on the Z4. But, at least, some interior elements are similar between the two, like the gear shifter and other parts on the center stack.

2020 Toyota Supra GR Drivetrain And Performance

  • Same 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine as on the Z4
  • No manual transmission in the foreseeable future
  • Under the hood of the Toyota, the 6-pot will make over 330-horsepower
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While we still don't know the full tech specs of the new Supra, we expect to see the range-topping model to sport the 3.0-liter six-pot single-turbocharger engine from the Z4.

This engine will be good for roughly 330-horsepower at 5,5000 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 1,380-5,200 rpm. This should translate in a 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds. The car’s weight is around 3,300 pounds.

There will also be a base engine, most likely another one from BMW’s stable. Namely, it should be a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged unit that puts out 262-horsepower. The GR version, however, should get an updated version of the 6-cylinder engine. Hopefully, Gazoo Racing will push it to 400-horsepower which should be well within the capabilities of the electronic diff and active suspension.

2020 Toyota Supra GR Prices

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The price of the new Supra is rumored to be around $62,000 for the U.S. market, but it’s uncertain whether that’s the price tag of the entry-level four-cylinder or the more potent six-cylinder. We hope it’s the latter. In any case, a sporty GR version should near $70,000. We should find out more when the Supra is finally unveiled officially at the

2020 Toyota Supra GR Competition

Porsche Cayman

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Minor styling changes to the front and rear fascia

The Porsche Cayman is the entry-level sports car from Stuttgart with an MSRP raging between $62,000 and $90,000. It comes with either a 330-horsepower 2.0-liter four-pot, a 2.5-liter turbocharged diesel, and the range-topping 3.8-liter flat-six capable of 385 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. This last version is to be found on the Cayman GT4 which will, most likely, be the closest rival to the Supra GR although it’s already a two-year-old car.

The Cayman is the more refined version but, if the inline-six Supra will come at the price of a four-cylinder Cayman, it will definitely be the more sensible option, since the Supra isn’t lacking in the department where Porsche is king: maneuverability.

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS.


2019 BMW Z4 Exterior
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You can’t look too far to find the closest competitor to the Supra: the new Z4. It’s only natural that, when the Supra will hit showrooms in early 2019, everyone will compare the two since they share the same platform and engine.

The inline-four entry-level engine option featured on the Z4 sDrive30i, which is the same as that on the Supra, is rated at 255-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque under the hood of the Bimmer. Meanwhile, the bigger 6-cylinder produces 382-horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. First on the shelves will be the "First Edition" Z4 which will arrive next Spring while the base model will come in the second quarter of 2019. It will be priced in the ballpark of $50,000 to $70,000. We think the Supra is the better looking of the two and, maybe, the better handling.

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW Z4.

Final Thoughts

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The Supra is possibly one of the most hyped cars of the past few years. In a way, it's understandable since the last Supra rolled off the production line 16 years ago.

This, coupled with the fact that the car will be no slouch with plenty of performance on tap as well as a sorted chassis and suspension setup that will allow you to actually enjoy the ride, means that many are waiting for it.

If indeed Toyota will sense that the market is vying for a more powerful (maybe more raw?) Supra, then a GR version will arrive and we’d love if it did with that elusive manual gearbox. But if it won’t, that’s still ok!

  • Leave it
    • Could be quite expensive
    • Uknown performance figures
    • Toyota might initially launch the GR version for the Japanese market only

Further Reading

2020 Toyota Supra Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Toyota Supra.

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Is Cool, But Still Not Ready For The Road Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept.

1993 - 1998 Toyota Supra High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1993 - 1998 Toyota Supra.

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
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Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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