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The various generations of Toyota Supra were on display at the SEMA Show | Larry Edsall photos

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We’ve seen the 2020 Toyota Supra hidden beneath racing wraps for a while, and the production version finally will be unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit, the company announced during the recent SEMA Show. 

Toyota also announced at SEMA that the first new Supra to be offered for sale will cross the block in January at Barrett-Jackson’s annual collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, though the winning bidder won’t be able to take possession of his or her car until production begins by mid-2019.

Toyota showcased both its 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Supra and the Supra GTE racing concept at the SEMA Show, where they were displayed next two a line of vintage Supras, and with more vintage Supras parked just outside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall only steps away from the Toyota stand.

The Supra generations, with NASCAR version closest to the camera

This isn’t the first time Toyota has showcased its history at SEMA. In 2016, its stand featured a “Past, Present, Extreme” theme with extremely modified Land Crusier, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma, 86 and Prius models displayed next to earlier and wonderfully preserved versions. And since 2016 marked the 50th anniversary for the Corolla, the outside display included all 11 generations of the Toyota compact.

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The new Supra will launch the car’s fifth generation, and has been developed in partnership with BMW, which unveiled its version in the form of the Z4 roadster a few months ago at Pebble Beach. Such joint development is a way to produce lower-volume vehicles that appeal to driving enthusiasts. Toyota’s newest 86 coupe was produced in conjunction with Subaru, which calls its version the BRZ.

While keeping the final design — quite literally — under wraps, Toyota did show at Detroit in 2014 a concept car, the FT1, that is believed to strongly hint at the 2020 Supra styling.

2014 Toyota FT1 likely hinted at design cues for the 2020 Toyota Supra
FT1 concept from another angle
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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