And drivers will constantly stare at this German-engineered piece of equipment.
It's no secret that the 2020 Toyota GR Supra shares many of its components with the BMW Z4, from the platform to the 3.0-liter inline-six engine under the hood. Even the interior looks more like a BMW. This has riled some enthusiasts, but it was a necessary collaboration to keep costs down. Even so, it turns out the new Supra has more German DNA in its blood than originally thought.
MotorTrend has discovered that the new Supra's digital instrument cluster is also the work of BMW. That includes the physical cluster, the infotainment display, the instrumentation and the screen graphics, which were designed to fit Toyota's style and set it apart from the Z4's gauge cluster, so we can't say we ever suspected it to be the work of.
Specifically, it was developed by Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group that was acquired by the German automaker back in 1995. The design firm also works for the aviation, rail, and consumer electronics industries and even John Deere tractors, but BMW is the only company it has allegiance with in the auto industry. This doesn't really come as a surprise considering how much we already knew the Supra shared so many components with the Z4, but Toyota has kept this specific fact a secret.
Toyota also recently announced a new entry-level version of the Supra that borrows the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder unit from the BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster.
Whereas the 3.0-liter turbo inline-six model produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, the 2.0-liter version packs 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. This enables the entry-level Supra to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and max out at 155 mph. Thanks to the engine's smaller size, this version is also lighter and boasts improved driving dynamics.