We’ve seen multiple spy shots of it, over what seems like the better part of a year by now; numerous test mules across the world, heavily camouflaged examples being driven at the Nurburgring and other motorsports events, one Nascar version, and now, literally weeks away from its 2019 Detroit Auto Show reveal – Toyota’s best-kept secret has seen the light of day.
A singular image of the production version of 5th generation Toyota Supra has made its way onto Supra MkV forum, showcasing the front end of the car, taken presumably just before the car was unloaded off a transporter.
Unlike the FT-1 Concept that inspired it, the front bumper now has three huge air intake sections, versus the concept’s two, and shows off a sleek front splitter that wraps around the lower edge of the front bumper.
The image also gives us a proper look at the shape and proportions of the front headlights which are flanked by vertical air intakes at either side. These were among the key details that were missed, wrapped under the camouflage of prototypes at recent events. Elsewhere, the image shed light on the cars creases and bulges on the front hood and roof section.
The Supra is slated to make its global debut at the upcoming Detroit Autoshow in January 2019, where the world will hopefully be filled in on details of the powertrain. What we know so far is that it will be powered by a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six, albeit with some Toyota fettling to demarcate it from its BMW counterpart, the Z4. Journalists who have been lucky enough to test the Supra estimate power in the region of 330 hp.
Drive will be sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission; there's also talk of Toyota developing their own manual gearbox to provide a more enthusiast-oriented experience.
Separately, Carscoops reports that first production Supra in the US market will be auctioned off for charity. The vehicle, bearing VIN: 20201 will be finished in Matte Grey, with Matte Black wheels, and red side mirrors. On the inside, it will reportedly feature red leather and a plaque certifying it as the first production unit.
The Supra goes under the hammer at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 19th. All proceeds go to American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The highest bidder is slated to receive his/her car in the middle of 2019.
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