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Toyota Supra confirmed for Detroit Auto Show debut

October 31, 2018, 02:39 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Toyota Supra confirmed for Detroit Auto Show debut

-  The Toyota Supra was co-developed with the recently revealed BMW Z4.

-   Powering it will be a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre straight-six engine with 340bhp/400Nm.

Toyota has finally confirmed the arrival of the resurrected Supra at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show early next year. This information was leaked a few months ago and Toyota officials admitted to it, stating that they are  “confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in the auto industry”. The Supra was co-developed with the Z4 Roadster and we have already seen the production-ready prototype making its run at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

The last Supra graced the automotive world with its presence in 2002. And the new one is under development for six years already. Compared to the soft-top BMW Roadster, the Supra will be a coupe and was previewed in the FT-1 Concept back in 2014. And judging by everything we have seen so far – the prototype, the concept and spy shot appearances – we are sure the Supra will be back with a bang. 

Powering it will be the BMW-sourced 3.0-litre straight-six motor which will produce approximately the same output as the Z4 – 340bhp and 400Nm. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission will send power to the rear wheels to the M-spec active limited-slip differential. But rumours suggest that there will be affordable four-pot motors as well. However, that will come later. The two-seater will tip the scale at 1500kilograms with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. 

The Supra will be positioned above the GT86 in Toyota’s performance car line-up and it will also spawn a proper race car with the GAZOO motorsport division.  The race car was also previewed at the Geneva stage earlier this year but we can expect it to hit the track by the 2020 season. 

Following the debut at the Detroit, the Supra will reach worldwide markets during the first half of 2019, confirmed the Japanese carmaker. Now, all we can do is hope that Toyota India is kind enough to bring the resurrected Supra to our shores sometime by the end of the decade.

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