This is the perfect partner for the new GR Supra Sport Top.
One of the star cars at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas was the Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition concept built to celebrate the car's launch. Based on the new A90 GR Supra, the Heritage Edition incorporated classic design cues from the legendary A80 Supra. One year later, the GR Supra Heritage Edition has made a triumphant return as a hardtop companion to the new GR Supra Sport Top as part of Toyota's second SEMA360 showcase.
"It was exciting to see the reaction to our Heritage Edition last year, and I think as a modern tribute to the iconic MKIV Supra from the late '90s we hit it out of the park," said Ed Laukes, Group Vice President of Toyota Marketing. "We decided to bring it back this year paired with the Sport Top to give Supra fans an idea of what our Supra would look like taking in the open air with a removable roof."
Initially, Toyota Motorsports Garage worked with Beree Cox Design to render a prototype design based on the new 2020 GR Supra that paid tribute to the A80 Supra's design. LG Motorsports developed an integrated front splitter and a distinctive MKIV Supra wing modified to match the new GR Supra's proportions. To optimize the aerodynamics, a custom rear diffuser designed by Toyota and Cripworks was fitted along with a slotted front fender vent covers. The retro-inspired sports car was then painted in a custom Re-Entry Red color by LA Prep.
New headlights and taillights were designed to fit the GR Supra's modern body lines while harking back to the MKIV Supra with custom light buckets and lenses CNC machined from blocks of acrylic. Under the hood, the turbocharger was modified by Precision Turbo & Engine to produce 18-percent more airflow to the inline-six engine. Mission Performance also tweaked the ECU and added a custom intake and three-inch center-exit exhaust to help the engine breathe easier.
Thanks to these modifications, the GR Supra Heritage Edition produces over 500 horsepower. That's a hefty power boost over the stock model, which has up to 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Other modifications include a custom inboard rocker arm system by Scarbo Performance replacing the factory rear suspension allowing room for wider wheels and tires.
The GR Supra Heritage Edition rides on 19-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in 305/30R19 Toyo Proxes R888R competition tires at the rear and 295/30R19 Toyo Proxes tires at the front. Massive Brembo six-piston monobloc calipers with 14.9-inch two-piece rotors up front and four-piston monobloc calipers with 14.9-inch rotors at the rear increase the stopping power. Sadly, Toyota isn't planning to put the GR Supra Heritage Edition into production, but two A80-inspired GR Supras in the world are better than one. We can't help but wish the production car looked like this, blending modern styling while honoring the Supra's A80 heritage.