I think the new Supra is ugly. I thought the Z4 was ugly when I saw that for the first time as well. Now, however, I can't imagine a world without it, in fact, the Z4 might be one of the best looking cars of the last twenty years. Perhaps I'll feel the same way about the Supra in a few years. Maybe even sooner, like next week or something. I'm fickle like that I guess. For now, though, it's ugly.
It looks very phallic but not in an intriguing way. Just sort of a metal and plastic penis. It has humps where the front wheels are, which is good, but they occupy some kind of DMZ. They aren't big enough to be suggestive, yet they are too big to be ignored. The front end is both bulbous and sharp like a clown's nose with shark teeth in it. There are some slits in the bodywork that probably do something but don't really appear to be useful, except for to detract from what could be a nice, flowing profile. Then we come to the rear. Oh boy... It looks as if it wants to be an Alfa 4C, only with a wide-ish-body kit glued on. The roofline along with the pipes and taillights appear to be taken straight from the new GT86.
The interior looks as if they forgot about it and had to quickly assemble whatever they could fit in about twenty minutes before debut. It looks old, like what the last version looks like now only with some infotainment bits tacked on. The new Supra sort of feels like a tuner project that got all of the critical engine and chassis bits done but ran out money before the bodywork. Which, come to think of it, is precisely what it is.
The racecar version looks brilliant. All of the bits make sense. The aggressive canards and huge holes cut out of the hood make the soggy humps of the street version disappear, transforming the front into a cohesive aero unit that looks tremendous. The pointless side slits suddenly convert into very clever ductwork for cooling and air flow. The rear still looks dumb. Just functionally dumb.
I think what Toyota have done then, is created something rather dull to look at knowing full well the tuning community and racecar builders will come through and build what people actually want to look at. Toyota knew full well that if they could package a cracking engine with a solid chassis, the style would be handled by everyone else.
What will be interesting to see is how the internet enthusiast responds. This is the car they wished the GT-86/BRZ had been and this is realistically what the extra power would have cost. I wonder if internet car nerds will abandon the Toyobaru all together, or more likely, change their collective tune and praise the duo for their "pure" motoring experience after all.