SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. — The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is quite the multi-layered cake. It resulted from a pragmatic collaboration with BMW, which caused an uproar from those who balk at Toyota's halo car sharing Bavarian DNA. Then there are the comparisons to its predecessor, the legendary Supra A80 (1993-1998), as well its platform-mate, the BMW Z4. Then there's the translation from the ZT-1 concept car's wild look to a more compact production Supra, whose dimensions were dictated by the chief engineer and whose final look caused some disappointment.
For now, we're going to focus on the car itself — the layer that ultimately matters most to those who might actually buy the thing. Putting aside (but not forgetting) its history and development, the 2020 Supra is an exceptional car: a rear-drive, two-seat sports car, which as chief engineer Tetsuya Tada explains, is defined by specific diminutive dimensions and an emphasis on performance and handling. That spurred the creation of the unique Supra/Z4 platform in the first place (rather than adapting an existing platform), and made it necessary to adapt/shrink the well-received ZT-1 concept's look.