If ever a car could be called a smash hit, it was the thumpin’ 90’s tuner Toyota Supra, which has rewound the clock with its revamped model’s debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
It’s been a long time coming, but Toyota Supra’s successor prototype rumours have been circulating in the news for as long as five years. The successor model tipped as the ‘FT-1,’ stormed the internet when its images were leaked in 2014, getting Japanese car fans amped up for its release. However, Toyota remained tight-lipped about its production until its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show.
Similar to Toyota’s collaboration with Subaru on the production of the GT-86/BRZ model, the Japanese car-making giant ventured with BMW for the production of Supra (and potentially Z5 model). The long-discussed project was made official last October when Toyota announced its revamped model set for a mid-2020 release.
Two grades available
For those car fans serious about Supra, the new model costs $49,990 (AED 183.6k). It will be available in two options, 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. The 3.0 option has a 6.5-inch display with Bluetooth and iPod capability, as well as Alcantara seats. Whereas, the 3.0 Premium grade will feature an upgraded 8.8-inch wide-format touchscreen display with Navigation, Supra Connect telematics services, wireless Apple CarPlay, a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, wireless phone charging and a colour Head-Up Display. Both the grades will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with racing-style paddle shifters.
What started as the sporty Toyota 2000GT in the late ‘60s evolved into a stylish Celica Supra for the next two decades until the two models eventually split in the mid-1980s. Although the Celica established itself as an economic coupe with a four-cylinder engine, the Supra model emerged as a solid hit during the ‘90s, thanks to its radical iron-block twin-turbo 2JZ engine, boasting 320 horsepower. The tuner’s production came to a hard stop in 2002, due to stricter carbon emission standards.