A teaser image of the 2020 Toyota Supra indicates that the production car will have at least one side mirror. That should surprise no one, as side mirrors are federally required. It’s not just that, but it isn’t much more: Painted candy red and black with an integrated turn signal at its base, the mirror sits on the Supra’s A-pillar — not the doors, a style the new Supra’s forebear employed. Behind it, the beltline kinks up behind the B-pillar, a visual element consistent with the Supra Racing Concept unveiled in March. Through the window, the front seats employ a one-piece racing design.
That’s about all we can tell, though a leaked full image of the front end shows a lot more. The official teaser image marks the latest tease for Toyota’s reincarnated sports-car icon, which shares a platform with the redesigned BMW Z4 under a joint development program. Toyota’s teaser came with one more tidbit: A Barrett-Jackson auction will sell the first production Supra.
Barrett-Jackson isn’t just for classic cars. The longstanding auction often sees the first, or last, examples of sought-after new models, having pounded the hammer on first production specimens of cars like the 2017 Acura NSX, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. It also auctioned the final examples of two Dodge nameplates: the Challenger SRT Demon and Viper.
In all five cases, proceeds went to benefit charity. So it goes with the inaugural Supra, set for sale on Jan. 19, 2019, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Ariz., auction. Full sale proceeds will benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation (a veterans charity) and American Heart Association. Toyota says the Supra up for auction will have matte-gray exterior with red mirror caps — the teaser image is this particular car — with a vehicle identification number ending in 20201. It also gets matte-black wheels, a red leather interior and carbon-fiber badge to indicate first-car status.
Although Toyota will deliver the No. 1 car to the winning bidder sometime in the first half of 2019, the automaker says the Supra on display at Barrett-Jackson will be a prototype. The event is planned five days after the Supra’s formal unveiling, set for Jan. 14 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Stay tuned for our full Supra coverage, as well as plenty more ruckus from Detroit.
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