We drove the 2020 Toyota Supra for the first time recently, and our experience confirmed the new model is a worthy successor to the storied original. Some of the highlights: It benefits from extremely precise steering, and it features a compliant ride and a quick shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. But does it look like an iconic sports car should? Let’s compare the Supra to some of its prime competitors below.
Up front, the Supra features a distinct nose with a gaping, low-mounted grille. The headlights feature stylish individual LED lighting elements. From this angle, you can easily make out the double-bubble roof. Like the Supra, the Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster features three separate openings in the lower valance, although they’re much more subdued, as is the overall design. Looking at the headlights and shape of the hood, you can say the design is unmistakably Porsche, but you probably couldn’t say the Supra’s design is unmistakably Toyota. The Corvette boasts a wide front end with a sharply sculpted hood, lending it an assertive look that, despite its age, still holds up against more modern competitors. The Supra’s mechanical twin, the BMW Z4, features a more conventional look with rounded headlights and a narrow kidney grille.
The side profile is probably the Supra’s best angle. Here, you really get a sense of its long hood, windswept haunches, and seductively sloping roofline. We also like the blacked-out A-pillars, which give the appearance of a wraparound windshield. Porsche’s entry looks even more low-slung, taking on a rounded shape with large vents forward of the rear wheels. The Corvette features the most dramatically raked windshield, and features a sharp beltline kick-up that results in a very tapered rear quarter window. The Z4 again bears little resemblance to its platform-mate from the side, going with a more upright front end and straighter character lines.
Just like the front, the rear of the Supra is a bit controversial. Some would say the rear lip looks awkward, jutting up sharply in the air. The narrow taillights suit the small proportions of the rear end, and the trapezoidal bumper shape is another nice touch. The Cayman has its own appeal at this angle, showing off its sharply sloped roofline. The Corvette features a boxy rear end with bulky taillights, but these elements fit with the model’s personality. The Z4’s rear profile offers little drama: slim taillights and a simple bumper design.
Peek inside the Supra’s interior, and you’ll find a lot of BMW influence. Take a look at that shifter, for instance, and the iDrive infotainment system. That said, the Supra’s interior looks different enough from BMW’s interior, particularly when it comes to the placement of the screen and the design of the center console box near the driver. The Cayman goes old-school with circular air vents set off by a low-mounted square infotainment screen. The Corvette also has a square screen, and decidedly nonpremium buttons and knobs.
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