Toyota Will Auction Off First New Toyota Supra for Charity

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The very first of the highly-anticipated new 2020 Supra will be auctioned off for charity at the 2019 North American International Auto Show by Toyota.

As Toyota‘s press release and Jalopnik aptly pointed out, the details of the Supra are pretty well-known, though there’s still time before the car officially debuts with all the nitty-gritty details.

That debut will occur in Detroit at the 2019 auto show come January. The very first example will be auctioned off for charity. The press release from Toyota didn’t say what charity the money will go to.

A One-of-a-Kind Supra for Auction

One of the things the press release did say about the car that will be auctioned off at the next auto show in Detroit is that it will be “one-of-a-kind Supra.” When I first read that, I took it to mean that it will be different than the regular production version of the car, but upon further reflection that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The press release says it will be the “first global production unit.” So I guess what the folks at Toyota mean is that the first one off of the line is one-of-a-kind? I guess that’s true. The first new Supra will be coveted by collectors and enthusiasts everywhere.

Toyota’s short little press release doesn’t delve into the details–it’s only two paragraphs long. The one-of-a-kind language that Toyota uses is undoubtedly purposefully vague. They’re going for more rumors about the car, of which there have been plenty.

The New Supra’s Stats Help Build Hype

Toyota hasn’t exactly done a good job keeping the lid on the new Supra’s details, but that’s likely in their favor. The car is highly anticipated and every little bit of info that leaked out helped feed the rumor mills.

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The new Supra was co-developed with BMW. It shares its underpinnings and engine with the new BMW Z4 roadster. The car will be offered only as a coupe and come with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that should be good for somewhere between 330 and 380 horsepower, according to Car and Driver. It will be rear-wheel drive, and a turbo four-cylinder engine may be added at a later date.

Off the bat, the car will not be offered with a manual transmission, but Car and Driver said it hopes it will be coming at a later date. With manual transmissions quickly dying off, I wouldn’t hold my breath for the stick. That said, I would love to see one offered.

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All the details will become clear this January in Detroit, and the rumors can stop finally. Until then, I won’t be surprised to see Toyota milk a few more headlines out of one of its most hyped-up cars of all time.