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Harlequin Car Interiors Are Silly, Even on the 2020 Toyota Supra


Photo: Toyota

If the red driver’s side/black passenger’s side interior look for the 2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition is supposed to be a callback to the old car’s famously driver-focused wraparound console, I’m not impressed. But seriously, I thought we all agreed that asymmetrical automotive interiors were not going to fly?

Despite having been bombarded with new Supra stories and pictures over the last few days, and years, I actually didn’t notice that the 2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition has different colored door panels until I watched Schmee150’s walkaround video this morning.

Then I went back through some galleries, and now I can’t believe I missed it.


Photo: Toyota

As you can see quite plainly, the Launch Edition has a red kickpanel on the driver’s side door, but a black one on the passenger’s. The regular car is black on both sides, and I suspect there’s also a version with red trim all around.

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The wrapping on the center console and transmission tunnel is different, too. Basically the driver is enveloped in red leather while the passenger gets a black cocoon with a red seat.

Yeah. No. Don’t like it. I don’t like the look and I don’t like the fact that somebody thought a little red fabric would be a worthy follow-up to the MKIV Supra’s iconic sculpted cockpit.


A work of art, even in this unflattering photo.
Photo: Toyota

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A cynical critic might be tempted to call this a metaphor for the Supra’s relaunch in general: a mild re-skin that only exists to capitalize on nostalgia. I’m not saying that. But I could see somebody saying that.

This is nowhere near as bad as the infamous Oreo cookie Lamborghini interior, which I never did learn the name of, but basically one side was black and one side was white (we talked about it on The Smoking Tire podcast over the summer). I still don’t think a cockpit should be sewn with dramatically different colors on the left and right, though.

Anyway, I’m not the first person to notice the 2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition’s harlequin interior. But I found it so freaking odd that I just had to write it up so we could talk about it here. Am I the only one weirded out by this?

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