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Does the new-gen Toyota Supra have fake air ducts?

Toyota Gazoo Racing technical adviser David Lovett explains

The Supra’s air ducts are functional, you know. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

The all-new Toyota Supra is getting equal amounts of love and hate from everyone. Those who heap praises upon it are usually the very people who have actually driven it (like—ahem!—us). And those who mock it are generally nitpickers who probably haven’t even seen one in the metal. The biggest criticism thrown at the car, of course, is that it is merely a rebadged BMW, which Toyota has already said isn’t really the case.

Another niggle—at least among clueless armchair experts—is that the new Supra has “fake” air ducts. The cooling vents in the car’s body are closed off, giving the impression that they’re there merely for cosmetic purposes. So, what is the real score behind these ducts?

We’ve asked Toyota Gazoo Racing technical adviser David Lovett to do the explaining. Here he is breaking down the query with all the clarity necessary to silence know-it-all trolls.

So there. Then again, who wouldn’t want functional air ducts even on a street car? We sure would.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.