The only model Toyota looked at when designing the new Supra was the Porsche Cayman according to chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.
Now the 718 Cayman, Porsche’s two-seat coupe was just called the Cayman when Toyota began developing the car that was to become the 2020 Toyota Supra unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show.
Anyone who’s ever driven the Porsche Cayman knows that this bodes well for the new Supra if it indeed used the German mid-engined coupe as a benchmark or at the very least as a comparison point.
The Cayman was and still is one of the best cars you can drive on a track. Perfectly balanced, it reacts with pinpoint precision to the slightest steering input in a way that gives the driver full control over the car. You can place the Cayman (now 718 Cayman) wherever you like with the tip of your fingers it feels like sometimes.
With its 50:50 weight distribution, the 2020 Supra is already on the right path towards duplicating and perhaps even improving on the Porsche Cayman’s dynamics. Sure it’s a front-engine, rear-wheel drive car and the laws of physics will have to be dealt with, but the Supra’s active suspension and active rear differential should manage to counter any type of understeer quite well.
A Hint On The 2020 Toyota Supra’s Price?
The fact that the Toyota engineering team used the Cayman as a comparison may give us some hindsight into how much Toyota’s new flagship sports car will cost in Canada. Toyota hasn’t confirmed anything and is apparently still figuring things out in that department, but you’d think that you choose to benchmark cars that will be in the price range of the car your building.
Makes sense doesn’t it? If that’s the case and knowing that the 718 Cayman starts at roughly $63,000 for the base model and $78,600 for the 718 Cayman S, we think Toyota will get the 3.0-liter turbo Supra model in at around $59,000. The probably won’t want to make it faster than the Porsche even if it has more power and is faster in a straight line.
This sure makes a lot of sense to us especially given that the Supra will start at $49,990 in the U.S. In the meantime, we’re already planning a Porsche 718 Cayman vs 2020 Toyota Supra in our mind and it sure has us excited.