2020 Toyota Supra Horsepower
2020 Toyota Supra Horsepower It is 16 long years since the 24-year-old, four-generation run of the Toyota Supra ended in 2002. Many thought there would never be another. But here we are, just before the step into the new, A90 series 2020 Toyota Supra. So was it worth the wait?
At first glance, the answer is yes, but with a big asterisk: we were only allotted 2 4-lap sessions on the Jarama circuit and about an hour drive on roads near Madrid in the 2020 supra. Of course, this is not nearly enough time to properly evaluate all aspects of a modern sports car. But in the case of a prototype that is still about nine months away from production (the strongest response we could get was that production would start in the second half of 2019), it might just be enough time to get a feel for it Where everything will be in the end.
It could help to understand how in the dark even the lucky few of us who had to drive the car were actually. The outer areas of the four supra prototypes were wrapped in Toyota’s now famous multicoloured triangular camouflage; The interiors of the individual were draped in thin black chunks. What we could see from the interiors under this chunk was clearly BMW, which suggests that much of the remaining months of Toyota’s development will be spent there rather than on performance or chassis tuning. Not that it needs much more, but more about that later.
We also remain in the dark as regards the specific performance of the BMW-won 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine of the supra, although our finely calibrated butt Dyno says that it is not likely to be less than 360 horsepower and probably more than 380 hp, since the Supra target board weight of less than 3,300 pounds offset 50/50 over each axis.
In conversation with the engineers Trackside on the legendary Jarama race track — a Formula 1 track to 1981 — we learned most of the basics of the composition of the 2020 supra, if not the peculiarities.
The powertrain and chassis are divided with the Z4 from BMW, as was widely reported, although each was tuned separately; The hardware is shared, but the software is not. At the rear, an electromechanical locking differential allows for a complete, two-sided sliding function, with infinite variability and various programs for the virtual ‘ ramps ‘, which disable the locking profiles on acceleration and Delay depending on the drive. Mode is selected. A choice of wheels from 17 to 19 inches will be available, although Toyota says that it will provide larger wheels when the market demands it. The vehicles we tested had all the 19-inch optional wheels wrapped in 255-wide Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in the front, 275-wide tires from the back.
There will also be two suspension specifications available: A standard version with conventional passive dampers and a second sport suspension option that lowers the car by about 7 mm and adds a number of sensors that scan the road so that the active Dampers of sport suspension to further improve the ride comfort while improving the handling. Toyota says the focus of the supra is lower than that of the GT86, while the torsional stiffness of the chassis is greater than the carbon chassis of the Lexus LFA.
Talks, we have come to the trail. My first session was mainly to learn where the twists, turns and blind Käste of Jarama lead; The second session saw enough tempo to get a feel for the ultimate character of the car, if not just fair.
The overall balance of the supra seems always to be inclined so easily towards taking taxes at the equilibrium limit, although it willingly turns on the Eckeingang, especially with the sport mode engaged for powertrain, diff and damper, and the Traction control and vehicle dynamics systems in their non-right-off, non-fully-on mode, which is achieved by a single short press of the stability control knob in the center console.
When you turn off the corners, the diff does not apply the force of drama or delay by sorting the YAW rate and the intended line transparently and effortlessly. The brakes operate in the same way and provide massive stop power from the large disks and four-piston Brembo saddles on the front axle, albeit without feeling much in the way where the ABS threshold might lie.
While it is fun, and fast, and certainly up to the task of repeating hot Laps, the Supra made me feel a bit uncommitted. In my notes, I wrote that it feels almost as if you were driving a really good simulator.
After this somewhat disappointingly limited track experience, I was willing to learn even less on the open road. Luckily, I was wrong. The lines of communication of the supra, which are somewhat subdued on the track, open up for the full broadband supply on the road. The core weaknesses that are spotted on the track are of course still there, but because road driving is so different from driving, they are rarely, if at all, obvious.
Toyota says it has 90 percent of the previous development work done on the car on public roads, rather than on circuits. The road-oriented development shows, in any case, how the supra on a smooth, narrow mountain pass is just as worthwhile as your average Porsche, that is, very.
No matter whether you run fast on, open sweepers or hard brakes for tight switches, the supra never fights them. His systems and electronics only want to help, and only as much as necessary. Most of the intervention I also noticed during the most temperamental parts of our public road run was a short flickering of the traction control light without noticeable performance reduction.
The 8-speed automatic transmission also shows its strengths — and Toyotas — on the road. While it was good on the track to be able to sort downverschiebungen and keep gears on demand, the less obvious, often less decisive inputs of road driving are often sufficient to also provide the best double-clutch or automatic transmissions And to confuse their software. Always looking for some reason to put the character of a slushbox, I can not find a single mistake with the Supra’s.
Even the steering, which seemed like the typically precise, if not particularly sensat, electrically increased fare on the track, comes a little more vivid on the road and provides enough information on the road surface to convince your lizard brain That information you get really comes from the contact patch of the tyre, rather than a clever simulation of it. The all-too-short ride made the Supras back to be pre-cut for another round of journalists to experience the car the next day. While I was waiting for my flight home, I was left with strong but mixed feelings.
2020 Toyota Supra Horsepower
This is a real sports car, I have no doubt about it. But it is a consistently modern sports car, and that brings with it the multitude of complications and regulatory compromises that all modern cars face. Chief among the complaints caused by modern sensitivities on the Supras, we have tested: the EU spec exhaust, which absorbs the sound that comes from this torquey, conforming straight six, so thoroughly that it is more than 100 feet even at full Explosion is not heard.
Main road at Jarama. Toyota’s engineers are well aware of this. Assistant Chief Engineer Masayuki Kai told us, ‘ We are very unhappy with EU standards, but these are the rules ‘. Kai-San also told us that the U.S. market would get a “much, much louder ” exhaust. Hopefully in the near future we will also get a crack in this US market car. I hope you hear us coming.
But the supra cannot be evaluated in a vacuum. There is of course the competition set, which is made by Boxster and Cayman and perhaps even by the Corvette, and obviously the BMW Z4, with which the Supra shares its core architecture and powertrain. But perhaps more importantly, especially for the legions of 30 and 40-somethings, who grew up in awe of the legendary Supras of the 80s and 90s, there is the question of legacy. As good as the Supra is, and as funny as it is to drive, and as worthy as it is the name — and it’s all three — is it really a supra if the hardware is predominantly German?
This question may be the most important, and it is a question that cannot be answered on a track, on a mountain road or even on the pages of a magazine. This is a question that can only be answered in the hearts of those who will buy the 2020 Toyota Supra or not, when it finally goes to the road in full production in the next year.