TRACK TIME WITH THE 2020 TOYOTA SUPRA AND JUST LIKE SEX, IT WAS OVER BEFORE IT EVEN STARTED
As all the hype gets built around the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra – what better way than to see what one is designed to do then in its natural element? So with our helmet in one hand and Snapchat in the other, I was ready to burn dust and eat rubber at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.
Today’s track event wasn’t just an ordinary media track day to test their vehicle – this track day was presented by the National Auto Sports Association or NASA for short. Toyota and its PR team Allison+Partners taking full advantage of this track day event teamed up with racing company, DG-Spec, developed by 3-time National Champion road racer, Dan Gardner to offer the local Phoenix journalist a fully detailed performance driving experience. Customers that purchase the new Supra receive a complimentary 1-year membership to NASA as well as one-free high performance driving instruction to teach you how to drive your car. Good thing we already know what we’re doing.
With a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-straight six packed under the hood, the Supra isn’t just quick, its nearly super car quick with an estimated 0-60mph in less than 4-seconds. Despite wanting to activate the launch control sequence to prove its estimation, we were set free with a rolling start onto the track and given five laps to find the potential behind the Supra’s chassis. After one lap of the short 1.1-mile course, it was time to give the Supra the beans and tackle the 11-corners that lay upon us. We only had three laps to get a full experience and those laps were sure to go quick as I pushed triple digits on the speedometer.
Unfortunately, most of the settings were already set for us and didn’t allow for ample time to play with the cars drive modes. Since things were already set to sport, most of the driving was amplified with razor sharp responsive shifting from the 8-speed automatic gearbox. Things felt tight like a pair of last year’s skinny jeans and with weighing at less than 3,400lbs, it was light on its feet. Being lower to the ground than a Toyota 86, the Supra carries a nimbleness to its chassis. The 50/50 weight distribution applies sufficient traction as the handling felt played its part in providing attentiveness.
In less than 10-minutes the laps were over and our experience with the Supra was brought to a sudden end due to the 13.7-inch Brembo brakes. We didn’t get much of a chance to get a feel for the body wrapping performance seats or its 14-way power adjustments. Neither did we get to explore the 8.8-inch touch-screen Supra-Command system or even noticed the heads-up display. Surely we would have enjoyed our perfect driving song on the track through the available 12-speaker JBL Sound System – but unfortunately our phone got left behind and couldn’t even snag a quick charge on the available Qi wireless charging.
Available in 8 colors including 1 of those is Toyota’s first matte paint – optioned at $1495; the Supra starts at $49,990 for the GR Supra 3.0 topping out with the GR Supra Launch Edition for the 1500 at $55,250.
Our swift experience in the Toyota Supra was like feeding our sweet tooth with a little taste of chocolate – naturally we want more. Hopefully we can snag a fully thorough review of the Supra once it enters our media fleet and we can focus more on the ins and out details of the car.