Sportscar JV Toyota Supra Online Orders Open

Sportscar fans can now pre-order the latest rendition of the iconic Toyota Supra muscle car online ahead of its official global debut at next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The front-engine rear-wheel drive MkV A90 Supra, first shown as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, is a collaboration between Toyota and BMW and is expected to feature a 355 hp BMW single turbo 3.0-liter B58B30 straight six cylinder motor similar that used on other cars in the German carmaker’s range. It’s also thought a smaller 262 hp 2.0-liter four-pot turbo will be another option for customers who can place a deposit online now in readiness for delivery later next year.

The Supra started life as a Celica back in 1978 and grew to become one of the most desirable affordable super cars on the market winning fans through its mix of old-school rear-wheel biased handling and large power engines in a value package that could give many more exotic brands a run for their money. Production ended in 2002 and the model has been mourned ever since.

Now it’s back and this year, UK fans of the line of Japanese muscle cars had their appetites whetted by the car’s appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and prototype drives by journalists have garnered positive reviews. This collaboration follows on from Toyota’s GT86 sportscar built in a joint venture with Mitsubishi and heralds a move by carmakers to share common chassis platforms and engines to keep R&D costs to a minimum.

Customers can order online at submitting contact details and the payment of a £1,000 ($1,308) deposit, which is refundable if the customer changes their mind. Prices and specifications for the new Supra will be announced soon and customers will be kept up-to-date with information as it released.

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB marketing director, said: “The new Toyota Supra is a thoroughbred sports car with huge appeal to customers who are seeking a great driving experience and exclusivity. With only limited numbers available, we want to give people the earliest opportunity to secure their vehicle.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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