After being discontinued in 2002, few ever thought that this beloved Japanese sports car would come back after nearly two decades. But Toyota has listened to our incessant cries. Yes, the Toyota Supra is back after 17 years. And it looks better than ever.
Originally released in Japan in 1978 and based on the Toyota Celica, the Supra was an instant hit in Asia and in the West. Pegged as a more affordable, but still capable sports car, the aesthetics, and performance of the car resonated with legions of fans around the world.
The Supra was also popular on the racing track, enjoyed by amateur and professional racers alike. You’d also be familiar with the Supra if you grew up playing Need for Speed, as the car was heavily featured in multiple games in the NFS series.
Despite its popularity, the exact reason for the Supra’s discontinuation is unknown. Speculation has pointed to the state of the economy in Asia, where Toyota is based, during the Supra’s last years.
The Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 may have taken a big toll on Toyota’s production lines. This may be why they had to discontinue an expensive sports car that also cost a lot to make. With no one to buy them, the Supra was simply no longer profitable.
But 2019 is a different story. We live in undoubtedly more prosperous times, and so the Toyota Supra has finally found its way back into our hearts and minds. The hype started way back in 2014 when Toyota applied to renew the US patent for the Supra name. After 5 long years, Toyota finally confirmed its plans to bring back the Supra.
In last month’s North American International Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the 2020 Toyota Supra. 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter variants are set to be released, and the cars will have 197 or 335 horsepower depending on the variant.
Power will be transmitted to the wheels using an 8-speed automatic transmission. There are currently no plans for a manual transmission option, so hardcore fans may have to wait a bit more. The Supra is also stupidly fast. The 2.0-liter model goes from 0–60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the 3.0-liter variant does the same in only 4.1 seconds.
All in all, it’s safe to say that Toyota fans have had their wish granted with the return of the Toyota Supra. The wait is almost over, and when it rolls off production lines, the car will be priced at about $50,000.