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U.G.L.Y - The 2020 Supra has no alibi

Supra: Japanese for "Finish this for us"

1y ago

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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.

Photo: Toyota

Photo: Toyota

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.

Photo: Toyota

Photo: Toyota

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.

Photo: MotoringAuthority.com

Photo: MotoringAuthority.com

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.

Bring it, internet opinion havers.

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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.

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Comments (44)

  • I can't help but agree. It's so underwhelming. Especially the interior evokes comparisons to the "man's washbag" treatment the Mazda RX-8 had. And that debuted back in 2003. On the exterior side it's indeed a frumpy mishmash of all kinds of styling ideas, and it looks like a slightly bloated GT86 overall.

    It's such a shame when you take a look back at the FT-1 concept car, which is just so elegant, organic, aggressive and simply gorgeous. Not even the racecar comes close.

      1 year ago
    • Yeah if they made the FT-1 concept with even a halfway decent interior I would have had to been talked down from selling my house to buy one.

        1 year ago
    • Yes, they shouldn't have toned it down. Lexus didn't, really, with the LC 500 and that looks amazing.

        1 year ago
  • "It looks very phallic but not in an intriguing way."

    Ok...

      1 year ago
  • That front bulge really does look like a small chode and its disgusting. If you're gonna make your car look like it has a penis bulge atleast make it a massive one.

      1 year ago
  • I'm not a fan of this newer one, old ones were cool

      1 year ago
  • I'ma say I can agree. Could we go any farther from the retro styled mark 5 we wanted? No?

      1 year ago
    • Cheers! I feel like in left room to change my mind in case it grows on me or I drive it and it’s amazing.

        1 year ago
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