2020 Toyota GR Supra Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated May 12, 2021

Editor's: 4.0/5
Far from perfect but a car worthy of excuses.
2020 Toyota GR Supra Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Tech & Safety
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Fuel Efficiency
  7. Verdict
  8. Variants & Price
  9. Color Options
  10. Specs

2020 Toyota GR Supra Exterior Review: Introduction

Toyota Motor Philippines lent its flagship sports coupe at the most inconvenient time; I was suffering from gouty arthritis – a painful medical condition that makes me feel like I'm 20 years older than my actual age is. Not the company’s fault, mind you, as gout strikes us sufferers without warning.
 
But the suffering at every step on the accelerator didn’t stop me from driving the MKV Toyota GR Supra for this review. A car that’s equally lauded and hated for its association with BMW, I had to know for myself: is it any good for its price? And more importantly, is it worthy of the legendary Supra name? Here’s my take.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Full Review: The legendary, sacred nameplate

4.0/5

Toyota Supra 2021 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    4.50/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    3.50/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    4.50/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    3.50/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    3.50/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2020 Toyota GR Supra Exterior Review: A bold statement

The Supra has retained its recipe since its first inception in 1978 – a long hood, liftback coupe body that carries an inline-six power plant. That stays true with the A90 model, except that the new-generation Supra trades its usual clean styling with a bold statement that comes with the GR badge.

A picture of the side of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra

The 2020 GR Supra from the side

There were no clean lines; you’ll see more curves and aggressive design executions that only a sports car can pull off. The 115mm ground clearance may sound low but it aids in giving the GR Supra a divine, imposing stance.

A picture of the GR Supra's front end

That divine, imposing stance

Sure, there are some fakeries here and there in the form of faux vents, but Toyota said that they’re there for owners to convert if they decide to tune the car. The dual bubble roof, no matter how weird they look at times, has a noble purpose – but more on that later.

A picture of the rear of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra

The GR Supra's rear features a pair of large exhaust tips

Perhaps my favorite part of the Supra, apart from those gorgeous-looking 19-inch forged aluminum alloys with red brake calipers, are the wide hips. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at it from the front, at the sides, or from the back, they look really good – almost borderline sensual. 

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2020 Toyota GR Supra Interior Review: Quite familiar

I’d lie if I say that the GR Supra’s interior isn’t familiar. If you’ve been inside the latest BMWs, you’ll know what I mean. The switchgear, the knobs, the buttons, the 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment, even down to the very font used inside the cabin were all from Bavaria – and that fact isn’t exactly a bad thing.

A picture of the interior of the GR Supra

The GR Supra's sensibly arranged interior

BMW’s intrusion with the Supra’s development employs more benefits for the Japanese rather than the German. The dashboard and other cabin appointments are mostly covered in cowhide, except for the center console and its tasteful carbon-fiber finish. The luxurious air within the car’s cabin is evident, mostly felt when seated in the Alcantara-lined leather sport seats.

A picture of the GR Supra's Alcantara Sports Seats

The Toyota-made coupe's Alcantara-clad sports seats

Practicality isn’t exactly the GR Supra’s greatest virtue, but it isn’t devoid of it completely. The dual-bubble roof meant great headroom (at least for my 5’6” height), while horizontal space is adequate for my heavy build. You still get huge cupholders, some cubbyholes for storage, and a fairly-sized trunk that’s made practical with its liftback hatch – though admittedly it’s hard to find an accessible spot for huge smartphones within the cabin.

A picture of the GR Supra's open trunk

The GR Supra has a 290-liter trunk capacity

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Tech & Safety Review

As a P5-million coupe, the GR Supra comes equipped with a bevy of tech and safety features expected at the price point. Everything’s power-adjustable (except the steering wheel), the cabin is equipped with multiple airbags all around. There isn’t wireless charging but at least smartphone pairing’s a cinch even without Apple Carplay/Android Auto. You also get parking sensors and a high-quality camera for rear parking.

A picture of the GR Supra's gear shift lever

The GR Supra's gear shift lever's design looks very BMW

One annoyance – and I also felt this with some BMWs – is the absence of auto-brake hold function despite having an electronic parking brake. I would appreciate it better with this feature rather than the useless and wildly annoying auto start/stop function.
 
Also, I’d be completely honest and disclose that I expected the GR Supra here to come with the Toyota Safety Sense package that’s found in other countries. Or at least Toyota should have included a blind spot monitor and rear-cross traffic alert in a car that has very limited rear and side visibility.

A picture of the GR Supra's digital gauge cluster

As with most Gazoo Racing models, the GR Supra's gauge cluster features splashes of red

But to be fair, Toyota has already given more than just basic toys in this model, so there’s that. And oh, that 12-speaker JBL sound system is one of the best-sounding at this price point.

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Engine & Performance Review

To test the GR Supra amid slightly tight GCQ restrictions and an unbearable (now bearable) gout attack, I had to find several excuses. I bought a loaf of bread from a nearby grocery (and took Skyway four times to get there); I had to see for myself if Enchanted Kingdom was still operating; I had to check whether the newly installed LEDs along NLEX were indeed bright.

A picture of the Toyota GR Supra's engine

The MKV GR Supra's 3.0-liter B58 inline-6 engine

The biggest elephant in the room would be the BMW-sourced 3.0-liter B58 straight-six gasoline engine armed with twin-scroll turbochargers. It produces a healthy 335hp and 500Nm torque at the crank, exclusively sent to the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission – the same one found in the Z4 and 3 Series.
 
Power delivery’s out of the question, and despite the Philippines still not having the more powerful version of the engine (available in the US for the 2021 model year), I didn’t feel any desire to have more. Brakes bite hard as they’re supposed to, but nitpickers and serious track frequenters would argue an upgrade.
 
Downshifts, whether via the paddles or on their own, were intuitive and immediate; it won’t take a while before you can adjust to this coupe’s predictability. As a bonus, pops and crackles heard at every downshift were a welcome aural sensation, which will make you stay at Sport mode despite this car’s gas-guzzling nature.
 
Handling’s equally amazing on both work and play, though your biggest foe would be steep ramps and ridiculously high village speed bumps. But if you think that the GR Supra’s disposition as a sports coupe compromises overall ride comfort, you’d be sorely mistaken. It was a comfortable cruiser, whether after several hours within the city or on a long relaxing drive outside Metro Manila. And that’s all while you can still play around with the car without an unappreciated throw-around inside the cabin.

A picture of the Toyota GR Supra on a quiet road

The GR Supra's rear wheels and tires are slightly wider than those on its front

The adaptive variable suspension, which supplements the double-jointed McPhersons at the front and the multi-link at the back, is the main hero for this duality. If only it has better front and rear visibility, I would say that this impractical two-seater is a worthy daily driver.

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Fuel Efficiency

If you’re reading this review and consider fuel economy as a deal-breaker, then you’re obviously not the market that Toyota’s aiming for with the GR Supra.
 
But just for this review’s sake, the GR Supra recorded a dismal 6 km/L (15 km/h average) on a frustrating drive amid heavy traffic, while a leisurely stroll on the highway at 90 km/h average (yes, I tried) returned 14 km/L.
 
Yes, I was on Sport mode the whole time. Can you blame me, though?
 

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Verdict

Collaborations within the automotive industry aren’t new. They exist because sharing costs to develop a vehicle is a smart move. As with the case of the MKV GR Supra, Toyota had to join hands with BMW to accelerate its introduction into the market – something that fans have been clamoring about for decades.
 
For its current price (P4,990,000 for Prominence Red, P60,000 higher for other colors), the new GR Supra is already a bargain considering all the points I’ve covered in this review.

Another picture of the Toyota GR Supra on a quiet street

So, do you dig this Japanese sports car with some German DNA?

While I would agree to some extent that calling this two-seat sports car a Supra is sacrilege, you need to consider this: those people I know who actually bought (and has been planning to buy) the new Supra don’t mind its BMW roots, while those who heavily criticize the car don’t even plan to buy one in the first place. So really, who’s at lost on this one?
 
Besides, with a car that looks this great and drives even greater, to the point that I chose to endure unimaginable pain just to test the car, how can you fault the automaker for that?

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Variants & Price

Toyota Supra Variants 

Price 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT Prominence Red

Php 4,990,000 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT Black Metallic 2 

Php 5,050,000 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT Lightning Yellow 

Php 5,050,000 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT Silver Metallic 5 

Php 5,050,000 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT Ice Gray Metallic 

Php 5,050,000 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT Deep Blue Metallic 

Php 5,050,000 

Supra 3.0 Turbo AT White Metallic 

Php 5,050,000 

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Color Options

2020 Toyota GR Supra Color Options 

Prominence Red, Black Metallic 2, Lightning Yellow, Silver Metallic 5, Ice Gray Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, White Metallic 

2020 Toyota GR Supra: Specs

Overall 

Make  

Toyota 

Name 

GR Supra 

Body Type 

3-door liftback coupe 

Dimensions and Weight 

Length 

4,379mm 

Width 

1,854mm 

Height 

1,294mm 

Wheelbase 

2,470mm 

Ground Clearance 

115mm 

Curb Weight 

1,815 kg 

Engine and Transmission 

Type 

3.0-liter inline-6 Twin-Scroll Turbocharged 

Max Power 

335 Horsepower 

Max Torque 

500 Nm 

Transmission 

Eight-speed automatic w/ Paddle-shifters 

Chassis and Suspension 

Brakes (Front/rear) 

Disc/Disc 

Suspension (Front/rear) 

Double-Joint McPherson Strut/Multi-Link 

Wheels and Tires 

255/35 R19 (Front) / 275/35 R19 (Rear) 

Exterior 

LED headlamps 

LED Daytime Running Lamps 

Auto high-beam headlamps 

Side-mirror integrated turn signals 

Auto-dimming outer mirrors with heater and memory function 

LED taillights 

LED rear fog lamp 

LED Back up lamp 

High mount stop lamp 

Interior 

8.8-inch TFT LCD Display with tachometer and trip computer 

Heads up display 

Dual-zone push-type air-conditioning system 

8.8-inch Widescreen TFT LCD with USB and Bluetooth 

JBL 12-speaker HiFi Surround Sound System 

3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters 

Multi-function steering wheel with Audio, Phone and Cruise Control 

Tilt and Telescopic adjustable steering column 

Auto Day & Night rear-view mirror 

Alcantara sport seats w/ lumbar support and eight-way electronic adjustability 

Push to start button 

Integrated Sport Drive w/ Sport Mode 

Electronic parking brake 

Safety and Security 

Hill-start assist 

Reverse Camera 

Parking sensors 

Seatbelt reminder 

Driver, Driver Knee, Passenger, Side and Curtain Shield Airbags 

Anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution 

Traction Control 

Speed-sensing door locks 

Engine Immobilizer 

Car Alarm 

Stability Control 

Tire pressure monitoring 

Jacob Oliva

Jacob Oliva

Author

Jacob is one of the premier motoring journalists in the Philippines. A former musician and a corporate slave, he took the leap of faith amid his twenties and started his writing career as a news and features writer for AutoDeal. It was there where he made his way up to become the chief editor and senior car reviewer before he left the company in 2020.

Right now, Jacob serves as the Content Manager of Philkotse. You may also read his insights about the local automotive industry in his column under Wheels, the motoring section of Philippine Star. A recipient of the Henry Ford Awards in 2019, Jacob is also the weekend editor for Motor1, a leading global automotive website.

Jacob has started his adoration for cars at an early age through his father’s Jeep Wrangler and his older brother’s Nissan Sentra. He currently has a soft spot in his heart for the latest version of the Suzuki Jimny, so don’t be surprised to see him one day driving a black or gray mini-SUV – bone-stock but with upgraded tires and rims.

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