If you found the $500,000 gouging asking price for the used 1994 Supra insane, what would you say about the first production 2020 Toyota GR Supra and one-of-one special that just pulled in $2.1 million?
Before venting, you may take some comfort knowing that all proceeds from the sale that went down at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale will go to support the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) that helps veterans and service members.
The car, nicknamed "Global #1", is said to be "unlike" any other 2020 Toyota Supra build in the world. However, in practice, the only Supra with a VIN that ends in 20201 is based on the first launch edition model made for the U.S. market, adding unique coloring to the blend.
Specifically, the exterior is factory-finished in a matte gray paint called "Phantom Matte", with gloss red mirror caps and matte black wheels completing the look. Inside, it has a red interior and carbon-fiber inserts. And well, that’s about it. The only standout feature here is the exterior paintjob, as everything else is included in the regular Launch Editions.
The unidentified winner of the auction also received a custom racing suit and two VIP passes to this April’s Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia, along with the opportunity to drive the pace car and do hot laps with NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.
If the matte-grey exterior finish and bragging rights of owning VIN #20201 were of no interest to you, then the 2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition, of which 1,500 examples are destined for the USA will do just fine.
Priced from $55,250 before taxes and the inevitable…dealer markups, the Launch Edition will be available in three exterior colors, Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black or Renaissance Red 2.0, with the first two coming with red interiors and the latter in black leather. All get matte-black wheels, red mirror caps and carbon fiber accents in the cabin.
Unlike the Japanese market 2020 GR Supra that can be had with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four in two states of tune, in America, whatever trim or edition you choose, you’re "stuck" with the range-topping, BMW-sourced 3.0-liter straight-six turbo. It’s rated at 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.