Gents, I've been dwelling on a few thoughts lately and thankfully my bouts of insomnia give me LOTS of time to dwell.
No amount of protest will change the 2020 MK5, and it's here. Whether it's here to stay and successful despite its overwhelming flaws, whether or not it becomes a good tuning platform, etc all remains to be seen.
There's a firestorm of content and discussion and other stuff involving the MK5 and Supraforums is positioned well to be part of that - except for our (quite justified) sour attitude toward the car that immediately polarizes anyone that comes here with a curious or excited attitude toward the MK5.
In all reality the 2020 MKV is a part of Supraforums longtime survival, whether we like it or not. Our benefactors here keep the lights on and the servers up because of traffic and advertising revenue and that comes from traffic.
So threads like this, the MK5 Supra section, and other discussion good or bad about the MK5 just might make or break the long-term survival of Supraforums.
It's not the car I wanted the MK5 to be. I daresay that it's not the car that any long-time Supra enthusiast wanted the car to be. But it's part of the family now, German warts and all.
I'm not going to change my mind about it on these factors alone - but in the self-interest of keeping Supraforums as a viable resource for years to come, we should be more welcoming of MK5 discussion, threads and discussion prompts. I don't need an IP address to be pretty freakin' sure that 'Toyota Supra News' is an individual employed by our benefactors and is posting content to drive traffic and get picked up by search engines.
Traffic is a good thing. Discussion prompts are a good thing. As skeptical as I am, as deeply heartbroken and bothered as I am, I am still curious what the MK5 will do once it's in the wild and in the hands of tuners. BMW's have a hell of a reliability problem between poor component design and rushed development cycles. I've lived and worked on the results and sworn at them up and down.
But if any one company on the planet could un-fuck BMW's issues in those regards, it's Toyota. I believe we can all agree on that.
So I'm hoping against all reason that maybe, just maybe Toyota delivered in some capacity and the long-term results won't be as ugly as we fear. But that remains to be seen, and as that's discovered there's going to be a LOT to discuss. I'd like that discussion and content to be here on Supraforums.