Production of the highly-anticipated A90 Toyota GR Supra has finally started at the Magna Steyr facility in Graz, Austria.
The first Supra that rolled off the production line was also fitting for the occasion- a special edition that combined matt grey paintwork with red door mirror covers and matt black alloy wheels, while the red interior was accented with carbon fibre trim pieces.
Apart from the highly valuable ‘20201’ VIN number stamped on the body of the vehicle – “2020” for the year, “1” marking the first production unit of the line – Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota, has also placed his signature on the engine cover.
Toyota wanted to commemorate the revival of the Supra nameplate after 20 years with something special, so the very first production unit of the fifth generation Supra was put on auction in the USA. The winning bid was for USD 2.1 million, and Toyota donated all proceed of the sale to the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation charities.
The lucky new owner meanwhile will receive a full VIP race track experience that includes a fully customized professional racing suit, two VIP passes to a NASCAR race weekend plus the chance to drive the pace car and do hot laps with two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip.
Magna Steyr will also produce the all-new BMW Z4 alongside the Toyota Supra, as both products are results of a joint development between the two auto giants.
Both vehicles have the same BMW B58 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed sports automatic transmission within the same 2,470 mm wheelbase. The majority of the chassis components such as the brakes, suspension control arms, and wiring architecture are also shared between both models.