Should You Buy a 2020 Toyota GR Supra?

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2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The new 2020 Toyota GR Supra is the talk of the town. There’s love and hate for it and for all kinds of reasons. We think it’s quite special.

Should You Buy a 2020 Toyota GR Supra? This is a $64,990 question that generates as more questions than it does answers. This price point is either extremely narrow or opens up flood gates of alternatives.

Depending on the motive behind the purchase, incredible cars such as the Honda Civic Type R, BMW M240i, Porsche 718 Cayman and, if the money’s stretched out a bit, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 are all real possibilities.

Huge-hitting options like these don’t take away from the fact that we think the new 2020 Toyota GR Supra is nearly perfect. Are you thinking you want in on the hype and the performance? Let’s consider some of the highs and lows.

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2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra | Photo: Olivier Delorme
2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why you should buy a 2020 Toyota GR Supra:

  • In very little time, the new MK5 A90 Toyota GR Supra has achieved a cult-like status no matter the naysayers. This is something the current Acura NSX has yet to reach.
  • The B58 turbocharged 335-horsepower 3.0-litre straight-6-cylinder engine is a tower of power and torque. The figures on paper do not match the reality on the road. This is one mega-fast car.
  • The chassis is tuned to meet the criteria of those of who will actually buy it. It’s not a throwback car with a sloppy structure and overly-stiff dampers. The Supra can be tame and comfortable, or wild and razor-sharp, thanks to its sophisticated adaptive dampers. Even so, it’s a true sports car, unlike an Audi S5 Coupe or a Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe.
  • About razor-sharpness, the GR Supra’s steering and turn-in are telepathic, creating the sensation that the car weighs ½ as much as it does.
  • There’s only one version of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra and it’s fully loaded. You’ll never need to question if you should have opted for more kit because it’s all there. And at $64,990, the performance vs. $$ quotient is potent.
  • The A90 Supra’s styling is busy however very unique. If you’re not smitten now, it quickly grows on you because this is a Supra.
  • The tune-ability factor is through the roof, if you’re into that sort of thing and have the money for it. 
2020 Toyota Supra Interior
2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota Supra Interior
2020 Toyota Supra

Why you should not buy a 2020 Toyota GR Supra:

  • No matter what you do or where you go, some smartass will always bring up the car’s ties to BMW. There’ll be an insult or two on the already dated BMW interior and display and the fake vents but they’re just jealous.
  • This is not really a reason not to buy but the fact that there’s no manual gearbox on offer is not a result of Toyota not wanting to offer one, it’s because BMW hasn’t sorted one out for the G20 3 Series and the new Z4.
  • Setting aside the original 2+2 grand touring concept of the Supra in favor of a 2-seater sports ultimately limits its reach as a “usable” car. This will not hurt sales as the Supra will remain fairly exclusive.
  • The steering wheel, especially in the available red leather interior, is ghastly, and cheap-looking, as though out of a Korean car from the 90s.
  • If you are looking for an emotional connection to the car, desire quirks and oddities that were prevalent in Japanese car from the 80s and 90s, remember, the GR Supra is more German than Japanese. This car was designed for adults, not kids.

Conclusion:

We love the new GR Supra. It’s exceptionally fast, distinctly styled and is an outstanding driving machine. This is a special automobile that, for the moment at least, towers above all the criticism from internet trolls and auto journalists alike.

The hype around the car is mostly merited and where it might falter is when the car will be compared to the above-enumerated cars. Some are a tick slower, far more user-friendly and cheaper, others are the same price, faster and more prestigious while others are little more expensive, far more powerful and or faster.

Like many other cult-cars such as the Ford Mustang, Porsche 911 and others like them, you either want or don’t want one. If you are into the new 2020 Toyota GR Supra, you’re in luck because it’s a very good car overall.

Word to the wise however: Don’t for a second think that values of the MK5 A90 Supra will reach stratospheric levels like the A80 MK4’s perceived worth.

2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra | Photo: Olivier Delorme
2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra | Photo: Olivier Delorme
2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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