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2020 Toyota Supra uses much aluminum, higher-strength steel

July 31, 2019 by freemexy  

2020 Toyota Supra uses much aluminum, higher-strength steel which the OEM calls first U.S. edition of the sports car in 21 years — will roar onto streets with a mixed-material body design involving a number of aluminum and high-strength steel parts and a rear hatch made from a polypropylene composite.car auto body parts Toyota senior manager for sports cars and crossovers Benjamin Haushalter gave us a rundown of the car following its reveal Jan. 14 at the North American International Auto Show. The 2020 Supra will go on sale in the first half of 2019 with an base MSRP of $49,990, according to Toyota. Top Speed reports that the 1998 Supra with a manual transmission weighed “a hair over 3,200 pounds,” with a turbo automatic transmission version “at just over 3,400 pounds.” The preliminary curb weight of the 2020 Supra is 3,397 pounds, including the turbo engine with an automatic transmission. “Uncommon for its day, the MKIV (1998 Supra) also featured an aluminum hood, front crossmember, upper control arms, and all sorts of engine bits all in an effort to shave weight,” Automobile magazine wrote in 2015. The fifth-generation Supra goes beyond that, with a hood, inner and outer doors and a “big aluminum shear panel” beneath the engine cradle all made from aluminum, according to Haushalter. The car’s “front crash box” — which Haushalter defined as the bumper reinforcement beam and “the structure it bolts on to” — was made of the nonferrous metal as well, he said. Finally, he said the front suspension and some underbody “bracing” parts are all aluminum, as is the engine cradle. “The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points are extremely rigid to yield precise cornering characteristics,” Toyota wrote in a news release. “Aluminum control arms reduce unsprung weight, resulting in superior agility and efficiency.”