The new 2020 Toyota Supra has been out for a couple months now. If you just picked one up or you're still trying to convince your wife that it's a good investment and that you really, really want one, chances are you're not swimming in money or the type of guy that'll pay $10,000 or $20,000 over MSRP like when the Supra first launched. Yikes! For myself, I was able to source my Launch Edition at sticker, not the smoking deal you'd think a car magazine editor would get, but I believed in the car and was very grateful for the opportunity to still get one of the first A90s. But since then, I've had to revert back to eating Nong Shim instant ramen for lunch and circling around looking for free street parking every time I go out. Worth it though... So, it's very understandable that every new Supra owner isn't going Pandem or installing titanium exhausts and forged wheels right away. Like me, they're looking to save money and spend it where it matters most—which brings us to what I like to think of as the $500 Supra makeover.
Unless you're an acclaimed keyboard warrior with 10 Instagram followers and comment on every Supra post with "nice BMW" or "that's not a real Supra", then you already have a good understanding that the new MKV is incredible in factory form. Key highlights include the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that makes 335hp and 365lb-ft (and it's been independently tested by several folks to be more powerful than those factory numbers). While there's no six-speed option, BMW's ZF eight-speed automatic performs as close to a DCT as possible. Let's not forget the new Supra looks pretty damn good. Albeit, it's not a carbon copy of the FT-1 Concept, it's tastefully sporty and modern, and despite its small size and short wheelbase, it has a presence of a mean sports car that's a force to be reckoned with on the road. If you haven't seen one in person, or better yet, driven one, hold your horses before you write it off into oblivion. The Supra is here to stay and like Popeye's spicy fried chicken sandwich, you're only going to see the Supra get more popular moving forward.
So, let's say you've finally bit the bullet, picked up the A90 (congrats by the way), and don't want the funds in your bank account to keep going down the rabbit hole into deep space. In my opinion, the Supra looks "good" stock, especially for the Launch Edition with the all black wheels; however, if you've got a regular model, first thing I might invest in is powdercoating the two-tone wheels all-black (or silver or gunmetal) for a cleaner look. Next, I'd work on finessing that fitment. Not talking about Stancenation status, but more so along the lines of what Toyota should've done from the factory. I'm sure there are safety and legal reasons why it's not lower or wider, but there's a couple of small adjustments that can minimize the wheel and fender gaps, and these small adjustments go a very long way (as shown here.) For my own Supra build, before new wheels, an exhaust or coilover suspension, I tested a set of H&R Sport springs along with their 18mm Trak+ wheel spacers, and it made all the difference in the world.
If you're a Toyota car guy, then you've undoubtedly heard of H&R but maybe never experienced their products firsthand. On my previous Volkswagen and BMW builds back in my eurotuner magazine days, I ran H&R often. Everything's engineered and manufactured in Germany, TUV certified (one of the hardest to get in the world), and they're quite frankly some of the highest quality, yet affordable suspension components around. The Sport springs for the Supra retail for $469, however a quick Google search and you'll discover more than enough retailers selling them in the $300 range. Same goes for the 18mm spacers which I picked up for all four corners which MSRP for $139.95 a pair, but you'll be able to find 'em for $100 a pair.
Auto Tuned came to my aid for the installation and if it wasn't for my dumbass stopping to take photos every three minutes, the entire job could probably be done in under an hour inside a fully equipped shop. The Sport springs dropped the fronts one-inch while the rears lowered a tad more than 3/4-inch. The 18mm spacers are anodized black (a nice touch so you don't even notice them) and push the stock wheels flush with the fenders. No rubbing to report! And contrary to all the criticism you hear about spacers, H&R's are made using a specific alloy for higher strength. H&R also includes longer lugs so you don't have to worry about sourcing your own.
I rolled around with this setup for two weeks and I can happily testify that the springs and spacers are a great investment, especially if you're not looking for the show, stance or race car look. According to H&R, the spring rates are slightly tighter, but I noticed the ride quality and comfort to be on par with the factory. The suspension does the work it's supposed to do, active dampening is retained (no warning lights), and it looks a hundred times better from all angles-the perfect mature daily driver setup. The only setback is the additional money you've gotta cough up, but for $500, we think it's worth every penny.