Toyota USA Confirms 2020 Supra Debut For Detroit; America Will Get A One-Off Special

The time has finally come for the new Toyota Supra to be revealed; the American arm of the Japanese carmaker confirmed with a press release that their new sports car will be revealed in full production form at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show on January 14.

If you’ve been following the Supra-saga on our site, you probably already know that, as Toyota’s German division spilled the beans on the venue earlier this month through a social media posting.

Toyota has already paraded a camouflaged Supra prototype at a number of events this year, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed while another GT4-spec prototype took part in a VLN race at the Nurburgring. Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the carmaker showcased the GR Supra Racing Concept, confirming one of the worst kept secrets in the industry.

Production of the new Toyota Supra will start in the first half of 2019 at Magna Steyr’s manufacturing facility in Austria, alongside the BMW Z4. The two models share the same architecture and powertrain but Toyota officials have been keen to point out that the two cars were developed and tuned separately from each other.

Toyota North America also announced that the first production example of the new Supra will be an one-of-a-kind example that will be sold through auction, with all proceeds going to charity.

The new generation Supra will be powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with twin-scroll turbos, producing around 340hp and offering a 0-62mph (100km/h) in less than five seconds. The chassis will be perfectly balanced, featuring a 50:50 weight distribution, as well as an active limited-slip differential and adaptive variable suspension.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Wait, WHAT, 2020? I thought it was to be released early next year???

    • Christian

      I guess you don’t understand the American calendar…

    • ErnieB

      2200.. you put the 2 in the wrong spot..

    • PhilMcGraw

      2020 model year equates to a 2019 production vehicle.

      Typically anything that is on sale from the summer time onward is considered the next model year. Although I have seen some vehicles release in like March carrying the next model year date.

      • Evo45

        Why though? Can’t they call it 2019 as normal?

        • ksegg

          Because that means it would be available for sale in 2018.

          What PhilMcGraw said is spot on.

          I know for a fact the MY (ModelYear) 2020 BMW M2 Competition will be out in Summer 2019 and sold as MY2020.

      • Mike anonymous

        Remember back in early 2013 when BMW revealed the 2015 BMW i8 (2 years ahead) of it’s actual release???

        I thought it was weird practice back then to call the vehicle model year a (for example) 2020 when it comes out before that. But now it seems to have become common practice within the industry.

  • ksegg

    EP9, we got another one!

  • ksegg

    The more they drag it out, the more entertaining this entire fiasco becomes.




    I guarantee it.

    • ErnieB




      Big time!

    • PhilMcGraw

      As long as it offers the driving experience it’s hyped up to be, I doubt it’ll be DOA. If it doesn’t then yes.

      Those who complain about it being a dead product were most likely not going to buy it anyways (except in a few years as a used model).

      • ksegg

        I see a lot of parallels to this and the GT86. That car was really hyped up, everyone who wanted one bought one, but demand and sales steadily declined after that.

        Didn’t help that Toyota flat out ignored its enthusiast base and never gave it significant upgrades.

        • PhilMcGraw

          Well the GT-86 is tipped to be replaced next year and Subaru is planned to be the partner again. Part of the problem is that you have to remember that these are partnership vehicles and so usually any update has to be coincided with the other. When you are sharing parts you can’t exactly have a partner company say “Hey let’s do this to the engine or that to the frame” without having input from the other side.

          And you also have to remember that the GT-86 started out as a Scion which was Toyota’s low cost brand. It was never intended to have all these bells and whistles and updates like a new Toyota. When it started to go under the Toyota brand that’s when they made some updates to the interior and what not. I expect the new model to have more of the problems addressed since it’s no longer being marketed under a cheaper brand.

          • D3X

            Scion wasn’t a cheaper brand, it was a marketing strategy to target a younger, trendier market.

          • assassingtr

            What is Phil said is very accurate. The car won’t be DOA. That is just the opinion of some forum dudes who hate on it. It’s a sports car and if it drives well and looks good; it will sell. It would be stupid to wager otherwise.

    • Mike anonymous

      If I had to say, it’s certainly the “New Zupra”. With that we know what’s coming, but as for the 350Z/370Z, we can at least still hope, and maybe Nissan can learn from the Mistakes of Toyota.

  • javier

    less than 5 seconds …..whoa

  • ksegg

    We don’t call it the Zupra for nothin’!


  • Bash

    I’m not believing until seeing it.

  • Sybill Julian

    this is the opposite of premature. too long to born

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  • Justin Spencer

    This things even older than that! Toyota has a similar concept circa 2008-ish before the 86 even came out…and we all remember the long drag out for that car! The Supra definitely takes the cake though!

  • Justin Spencer

    I feel like this car is already due for a redesign it’s been talked about so much! Looks good but we’ve pretty much already seen it all before….for years!

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