2020 Toyota GR Supra first drive: Citizen of the world

The first Supra (A40/A50) was based on the Toyota Celica but was stretched to accommodate the necessary inline-six engine. At that time, it was meant to be a competitor to the Datsun Z sports car. The second generation (A60) retained the Celica bones but visually was much sportier than both the car it replaced and its platform-mate. It got rid of the live rear axle in favor of an independent setup, becoming a handling car and drift car that could outrun much more expensive options.The Supra hit its design and engineering stride in generation three (A70) when it completely separated from the Celica, as the smaller car went front-wheel drive. It also received its first turbo upgrade, bringing horsepower to a respectable 230. Though it shrunk a few inches, it brought a more grand touring feel than previous models. In 1993, the fourth generation (A80) debuted as a tech-heavy, high-performance vehicle with a big wing and an optional twin-turbo I6. Though it was the best looking (to me), sales were weaker than expected. Its best year was 1994, when 3,405 new Supras found their way home. In 1998, Toyota stopped selling it in the United States.Those loyalists, who want to know if the new Supra is a “real” Supra, need to be more specific.