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The most eagerly awaited car of 2019 is finally here!! Say hello to the all-new Toyota Supra​. The A90 Supra looks little like its predecessor, and draws its styling from the 2014 FT-1 Concept.

Love it or hate it, the Supra, which was co-developed with BMW​ will be one of the most talked about cars for some time to come. The fact that Toyota brought back the Supra nameplate, after 17 years certainly deserves an applause.

While we all have been following the build-up to its unveil at the North American International Auto Show​ today, the big news is that we finally know the new Supra's engine outputs. Much like the latest BMW Z4​, it uses the B58 turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six motor, but whereas the Z4 produces 285kw and 500nm, the Supra 'only' makes 250kw and 495nm.

At launch, the Supra will be available only with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Toyota estimates this new Supra will sprint to 96kph in just 4.1 seconds but top speed is electronically limited to just 250kph. The wheelbase on the Supra places it between cars like the Porsche​ 911 and Jaguar​ F-Type, but because of its short overhangs, it is far more compact, with the Japanese sports coupe boasting a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Toyota, together with their performance partner Gazoo Racing​, developed the Supra's chassis components from the ground up. At the rear is a typical multi-link rear setup, but up front, there's a unique double-joint spring strut suspension. All versions of the Supra will come standard with an adaptive variable suspension available in two settings: Normal and Sport.

Toyota USA​ has released pricing for the Supra, which sees it starting at US$49 990 (ZAR690K), with the limited-edition Launch Edition priced at US$55 250 (ZAR760K). Toyota SA​ has yet to release pricing, but have confirmed the Supra will go on sale towards the middle of 2019. #StayTuned #TunedAutomotive #AutoAdvisorZA

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