The first of Toyota’s all-new A90 Supras has gone under the hammer at a Barrett-Jackson charity auction organised to collect funds for the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
The A90 Supra is the highly anticipated first road-ready model of Toyota’s legendary Gazoo Racing GR sports series and fetched US$2.1 million (A$2.94 million) at the auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The new model made its debut last week at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, where Toyota announced just 300 vehicles would be made available during the first year of sale.
The Supra is one of the most iconic and beloved cars ever built. Since its debut in the late ’70s, the grand tourer has appeared in various popular video games and films including Gran Turismo, Forza, Need for Speed and The Fast and the Furious franchise.
Production of the last generation of Supras stopped in 2002, but the Nippon company decided to revive the line this year with a brand new fifth-generation modelled after their Gazoo race track series.
Since the Supra’s launch back in 1978, every generation has been a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive fastback coupé powered by an inline six-cylinder engine. This new version will have similar features but with a series of updates to allow it to perform like a sports car.
“We set out to create a pure sports car that would attain the ultimate in the fun of driving,” said Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada in a press release.
“Rather than only working toward specs such as horsepower and circuit lap times, we emphasized sensitivity performance, such as the degree to which driving could be felt to be fun, with car and driver becoming one.”
If you’re drooling over this beast, Toyota Australia officially confirmed the new Supra will go on sale in Australia during the third quarter of 2019. The rumoured price tag in the US will be around $50,000, so expect to find it for some $80,000 Down Under.
The Supra will be the first vehicle sold in Australia to carry the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) branding and will be built by manufacturer Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.