Toyota Supra Sports Car Star at Auto Show

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TOYOTA SUPRA

Toyota, normally associated with bland but reliable people haulers, wants to create some excitement for its brand by reviving the Supra GR sports car. If it lives up to its looks, the move might just work. Toyota unveiled the low-slung two-seater Monday, and it’s reminiscent of the car that developed a cult following when it was on the market from 1978 to 2002. The rear-drive 2020 Supra is powered by a 335-horsepower 3-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine mated to what Toyota calls a fast-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota expects the Supra to have a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The Suprahas an even weight distribution and low centre of gravity for handling. It sits low, has mildly flared fenders and a low centre grille with big air intakes that gives it an aggressive, athletic look. The Supra will be in U.S. showrooms this summer. It will start at $49,990. Gas mileage wasn’t released.