Find Out Why Students in Auto Mechanic School Are Falling in Love with the Toyota Supra All Over Again
February 6, 2019
Over the past couple decades the Toyota Supra has become legendary. It’s been featured in video games and played a starring role in The Fast and Furious film franchise. Despite the Supra’s iconic status, Toyota hasn’t produced a version of the car since 2002, when production was discontinued in Japan. In North America, the Supra-drought has lasted even longer, having been discontinued here in 1998. Fortunately, that’s all about to change.
At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the long-awaited 2020 Supra. This car is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated vehicles of the year and if you’re an auto fanatic, there’s a lot to love. Here’s a look at a few things that make the 2020 Supra such a mouth-watering gem of a vehicle.
The 2020 Supra Design Is Based on the Stunning FT-1 Concept Car
For years Toyota has been teasing auto enthusiasts about the possibility of a resurrected Supra. That teasing became almost cruel when the auto maker unveiled the FT-1 concept car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The FT-1 had a classic sports car look clearly inspired by the Supra and the car maker claimed it marked a new design philosophy for the company. That got car enthusiasts excited that the FT-1 could develop into a revived Supra.
Five years later, that’s exactly what happened. From the outside, the 2020 Supra takes the distinct rear fenders, air inlets, and double-bubble roof that made the FT-1 so gorgeous and modifies them just enough so the Supra is street legal. In a sign of just how much Toyota is betting the 2020 Supra is going to be a huge event, it released the following Super Bowl commercial:
Become a Mechanic and You’ll Find a Lot of BMW Inside the New Supra
While the new Supra design is wholly Toyota’s making, look under the hood when you become a mechanic and you’ll find something surprising: a BMW-designed engine. That’s because Toyota and BMW partnered up to make the new Supra, with BMW responsible for the powertrain and chassis. The BMW-designed engine allows the Supra to go from 0 to 60 in just over 4 seconds, which is a full second faster than the renowned Turbo MKIV Supra from the 1990s.
The BMW version will be called the Z4 and will go on sale before the Supra. This partnership means the 2020 Supra boasts BMW’s technical know-how on the inside while sporting the Supra’s beautiful design on the outside. That combination is going to make the new Supra a particularly exciting car to work on if ever you come across it during your auto mechanic career, and it explains why this vehicle is already winning rave reviews for both how it looks and the way it drives.
The First 1500 Models Will Be Available as Limited Launch Edition Models
To get an idea of how highly anticipated the new Supra is, the very first 2020 model was sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $2.1 million, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Toyota is also creating 1,500 Launch Edition models that are bound to become a hot collectible for any car enthusiast.
The Launch Edition will come in white, black, or red and will be distinguished by red mirror caps and matte-black 19-inch wheels. A carbon-fibre plaque on the dashboard will also include the signature of Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota. The Launch Edition will cost $56,180 US, which isn’t exactly cheap, but certainly a lot better than $2.1 million!
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