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The first photo showing an undisguised version of Toyota’s reborn Supra has surfaced ahead of the car’s world debut next month at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The photo was taken inside a transport truck and the full version can be seen at the Supra MKV forum. Notably, it gives us our first clear look at the face of the car, revealing details such as the design of the lower front fascia, the smooth, vent-less hood, and the placement of the Toyota logo on the nose.
As previously reported, the new Supra represents the fifth generation of the nameplate. This time, though, the car has been developed on the same platform found in BMW’s latest Z4. The Supra will also share powertrains and a production site in Austria with the Z4, but it won’t get the BMW’s convertible roof.
2019 BMW Z4 Roadster
The core powertrain will be BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, which in the Supra should be rated around 335 horsepower, or enough to see the car sprint to 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds. A Toyota-developed hybrid powertrain with more power is expected later in the life cycle, possibly in a track-focused model. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, also borrowed from BMW, is also expected, bringing with it around 260 hp.
Sales of the new Supra will commence next summer, with the first examples arriving as 2020 models. The very first example available for sale will be offered via a charity auction, more details of which will be announced next year.
As mentioned, the new Supra will make its debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show, which starts January 14. In the days leading up to the show, Toyota will also preview its Supra-based race car being developed for Japan’s Super GT touring car series. The preview will come in the form of a concept at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon.