July 10, 2019 By Paolo de Borja Photos by the author and Toyota Press

2020 Toyota GR Supra lands in the Philippines

An icon makes its entrance

After much anticipation, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) officially launched the 2020 Toyota GR Supra, the Japanese manufacturer’s flagship sports car with 41 years and five generations under its belt. The arrival of the Supra A90 or Mk. V comes after Toyota ceased production on the A80 and its famed 2JZ engine in 2002. This fifth generation model, however, is the first Supra to be retailed in the Philippines.

In 2012, news broke out that Toyota and BMW reached an agreement for the development of new platforms and powertrains for their respective sports cars. And six year later, the Supra concept was revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show by chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

At the heart of the 2020 Supra is a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-6 powerhouse that produces 335 bhp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 365 lb-ft. of torque at 1,600-4,500 rpm through an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Supra accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The chassis and body frame allow for 50:50 front-rear weight distribution for superior handling, precision, and cornering performance.

The bodywork is unmistakably Japanese in aggression and elegance thanks to the mixture of fluid lines and broad design throughout the car. Its rich Japanese lineage is evident in the overall look as the A90 takes design cues from the Toyota 2000GT (1967). The shape of the front also holds a strong resemblance with the A80’s (1993), but with more sculpted and modern details, of course. Headlights feature six-lens LED lamps integrated with daytime running lights. A nostalgic touch is autographed beneath the ducktail spoiler as the Supra logo keeps the 90s esque font, styling originally found on the legendary A80. Black skirts are fitted on the sides, which are highlighted by bright, popping colors of the Supra. The rear diffuser houses twin exhaust pipes and dot-type LED reverse lights on the center, a design mirroring the fog lights of Formula 1 cars. 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are wrapped by Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with 255/35R19 sizing on the front, and 275/35R19 on the rear.

The interior of the Supra is posh for a Japanese sports car, yet retains the core performance identity thanks to a driver-centric dashboard. For the Philippine-spec variant, the cockpit comes purely in black, along with muted carbon accents. The Alcantara sports seats are equipped with lumbar support and 8-way power memory adjust, while the 3-spoke leather steering wheel has both manual tilt and telescopic adjustment options. Drivers can focus on the road ahead with the inclusion of a heads up display and paddle shifters. For entertainment, the Supra is equipped with an 8.8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with Bluetooth and USB connectivity that’s connected with a 12-speaker, High-Fidelity surround sound system by JBL.

Toyota’s commitment to safety extends to its flagship sports car. The Toyota GR Supra has seven airbags, traction control, vehicle stability control, and ABS.

During the launch, TMP announced the certified sixteen (16) GR Performance dealerships nationwide to retail the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. All of the 16 dealerships have the capacity to fully service the Supra.

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The 2020 Toyota GR Supra starts at PhP 4,990,000. It comes in eight (8) colors: Prominence Red, Lightning Yellow, Deep Blue Metallic, White Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Gray Metallic, Black Metallic, and Matte Storm Gray.

Although only one variant of the 2020 Supra is available in the country, prices are dependent on the color. Starting at PhP 4,990,000 is Prominence Red. With a price tag of PhP 5,050,000 are Lightning Yellow, Deep Blue, Metallic White, Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Gray Metallic, and Black Metallic, while the Matte Storm Gray Metallic is at PhP 5,090,000.

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