While many European automakers have bailed out of the Detroit auto show, there will be at least one major global debut from a foreign automaker: Toyota's 2020 Supra.
Toyota this week confirmed Detroit will be the venue for the debut of the fifth generation of the Supra sports car. The low-slung coupe, developed with BMW, shares its underpinnings and some mechanical components with the BMW Z4. The Z4 roadster had its global debut in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Toyota pulled the last Supra from North America in 1998, but the car remained in production for other markets until 2002. Toyota has struggled with sporty coupes ever since. New versions of the Celica and MR2 Spyder, for example, failed to sell well.
Previous generations of the Supra were powered by inline-six engines that delivered crisp performance. The last generation model offered a twin-turbo six that gave near supercar performance of 0-to-60 mph times under 5 seconds and a top speed of more than 150 mph. But the car was prohibitively expensive, selling for more than $50,000 in 1996.
Technical details on the new Supra are sparse.