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The in­ter­net has been over­loaded with ru­mours sur­round­ing the lat­est in­car­na­tion of the ever-pop­u­lar Toy­ota Supra, and it hasn’t been helped by the au­tomaker’s scarce re­lease of de­tails — drip feed­ing small facts and clues about how it may look; what will power it; and, most im­por­tant, whether it will be man­ual. The lat­ter ques­tion has been put to rest af­ter Toy­ota en­gi­neer Tet­suya Tada con­firmed that it will make use of an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The de­tails aside, the ex­cit­ing news for us lo­cally is that Toy­ota New Zealand has con­firmed that the Supra will be avail­able here. “With­out ques­tion the Supra is an iconic Ja­panese sports car,” says Neeraj Lala, Toy­ota New Zealand’s gen­eral man­ager of prod­uct and new ve­hi­cle sales. “This was one of the most loved sports or street cars on the road, and I can’t wait to rein­tro­duce this to the roads of New Zealand. The pro­duc­tion car is closely aligned to the orig­i­nal con­cept, so the de­sign and styling is go­ing to be ex­cep­tional.

“I’d start sav­ing now … we’ve al­ready had cus­tomers of­fer to pay de­posits to se­cure the first cars — such is the hype al­ready sur­round­ing Supra.”

Can all the cashed-up en­thu­si­asts please buy a bunch so the rest of us have some­thing to hag­gle over in 10 years’ time?

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