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PostHeaderIcon Cancel Your Plans; The Toyota Supra Wont Debut at the Detroit Auto Show

Sorry to break the news to you, but the rumors about the Toyota Supra making its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show are exactly that – Rumors. And, as it turns out, they are baseless rumors as Jack Hollis, Toyota’s VP and General Manager, told MotorTrend that it just isn’t up to a production level quite yet. To throw even more fuel on the fire, Hollis has said that the “Supra” name isn’t even finalized and that there are other names in consideration that could be better. What a sad piece of news this is, huh? Keep reading to learn a little more about it.

When Will We See The 2019 Toyota Supra?


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“According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized”

The new Supra, as well as its BMW Z4 counterpart, have been seen testing a lot lately which was a strong signal that both would make their debut very early in the year, most likely at the Detroit Auto show. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case for the Supra, and I wouldn’t put my money on the Z4 debuting either. Considering it was built in such a strong partnership between the German and Japanese automakers, one debuting without the other seems like it would be a hit below the belt for the non-show-goer.

According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized. That could mean a lot, but it could have to do with fine tuning of engine performance or even the suspension system. Furthermore, it could be possible that BMW and Toyota can’t agree on output specifications or pricing, a conflict that seemed almost inevitable when the partnership was first announced. Of course, there’s no telling what’s really going on behind the scenes, but for now, there are a lot of questions in the works. What will the “Supra” actually be called? Will Toyota call it the “Celica?” or perhaps the Cressida? Hell, it could even be badged as a Gazoo instead of a Toyota which means the model name itself could be almost anything – let’s just hope they don’t call it the Gazoo 1 or something stupid.

Final Thoughts


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“This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery”

This news is certainly a bit of a heartbreaker, especially considering that I myself will be at the Detroit Auto Show. However, it’s possible that Chicago may become a potential venue as that show kicks off almost a month later and may be just the right amount of time for Toyota, BMW, or Gazoo – If that’s how it’s going to be – to nail everything down. If so, we’ll be there to catch its debut too, but that’s not the point. This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery. With all of the SUVs polluting the streets with there excessive size, we really need this pair of small sports cars to even things out a bit. We’re itching for some performance here Toyota (and BMW) don’t let us down and make us wait another year.

References

Toyota Supra


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Toyota Supra.

BMW Z4


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW Z4.

PostHeaderIcon Cancel Your Plans; The Toyota Supra Wont Debut at the Detroit Auto Show

Sorry to break the news to you, but the rumors about the Toyota Supra making its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show are exactly that – Rumors. And, as it turns out, they are baseless rumors as Jack Hollis, Toyota’s VP and General Manager, told MotorTrend that it just isn’t up to a production level quite yet. To throw even more fuel on the fire, Hollis has said that the “Supra” name isn’t even finalized and that there are other names in consideration that could be better. What a sad piece of news this is, huh? Keep reading to learn a little more about it.

When Will We See The 2019 Toyota Supra?


2019 Toyota Supra - image 710703
“According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized”

The new Supra, as well as its BMW Z4 counterpart, have been seen testing a lot lately which was a strong signal that both would make their debut very early in the year, most likely at the Detroit Auto show. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case for the Supra, and I wouldn’t put my money on the Z4 debuting either. Considering it was built in such a strong partnership between the German and Japanese automakers, one debuting without the other seems like it would be a hit below the belt for the non-show-goer.

According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized. That could mean a lot, but it could have to do with fine tuning of engine performance or even the suspension system. Furthermore, it could be possible that BMW and Toyota can’t agree on output specifications or pricing, a conflict that seemed almost inevitable when the partnership was first announced. Of course, there’s no telling what’s really going on behind the scenes, but for now, there are a lot of questions in the works. What will the “Supra” actually be called? Will Toyota call it the “Celica?” or perhaps the Cressida? Hell, it could even be badged as a Gazoo instead of a Toyota which means the model name itself could be almost anything – let’s just hope they don’t call it the Gazoo 1 or something stupid.

Final Thoughts


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“This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery”

This news is certainly a bit of a heartbreaker, especially considering that I myself will be at the Detroit Auto Show. However, it’s possible that Chicago may become a potential venue as that show kicks off almost a month later and may be just the right amount of time for Toyota, BMW, or Gazoo – If that’s how it’s going to be – to nail everything down. If so, we’ll be there to catch its debut too, but that’s not the point. This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery. With all of the SUVs polluting the streets with there excessive size, we really need this pair of small sports cars to even things out a bit. We’re itching for some performance here Toyota (and BMW) don’t let us down and make us wait another year.

References

Toyota Supra


Cancel Your Plans; The Toyota Supra Wont Debut at the Detroit Auto Show - image 689149

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Toyota Supra.

BMW Z4


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW Z4.

PostHeaderIcon Is The Toyota Supra Really Getting 400 Horsepower?

You have to admire Toyota for really taking its time to develop the returning Toyota Supra. If it were me, I’d probably be doing the same thing too. That’s how important the Supra is to me and I sure as heck will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the car lives up to not just its hype, but it’s legacy as well. Doing so takes time and a lot of patience. As a result, people will start getting anxious about the sports car, and the longer the wait is, the more anxious people get. Good thing that we’re at a point where details are slowly coming in. The latest one from a Toyota insider indicates that the sports car will indeed have in excess of 400 horsepower on tap.

Now, this isn’t exactly breaking news because we’ve heard this narrative before. This time, though, the information comes from the IH8MUD forum, specifically one member who spoke to an insider from Toyota, who is apparently more plugged-in on the wheelings and dealings inside Toyota than most other so-called sources. Part of that discussion centered around the status of the Supra and in addition to saying that the sports car will indeed get north of 400 horsepower, the insider also indicated that the sports car will have its own 3.5-liter V-6 turbo engine that Toyota jointly developed with BMW, and not the latter’s tried-and-tested 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine. Don’t expect the production Supra though to hit the scene until 2019, even though it is expected that we’re going to see a near-production concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon New Sports Cars Could Take The Tokyo Motor Show By Storm

Just as news is coming out that nine major automakers are skipping the Frankfurt Motor Show, there appears to be growing rumblings that the Tokyo Motor Show will play to not one, not two, but three sports car debuts. It’s already been rumored that the return of the Toyota Supra will take place in Tokyo, but according to Autobild, the Supra will also be joined by the Mazda RX-9 and the Nissan 390Z.

Obviously, this is pretty big news seeing three separate automakers launch three separate performance cars. They may be different in presentation, but the fact that all three automakers – major ones at that – are going to present sports cars that could turn into rivals of the others is making the Tokyo Motor Show a must-see event. To be clear, though, neither Mazda nor Nissan have confirmed their plans for their local auto show. Likewise, we’ve heard very little about the RX-9 at this point and even less about the Nissan 390Z. If these two cars do show up in Tokyo, it’s going to catch a lot of people off-guard. Even Toyota hasn’t confirmed its plans for Tokyo, even though all signs point to its next sports car making its world debut at the event. It might be best to taper off the excitement for the time being, or at least until we know something more concrete. That said, it is tempting to get a little excited about the possibility of three Japanese sports cars all showing up and debuting in the same event. And they said those days were gone.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Next Toyota Supra Engines Leaked; No Manual Transmission

The highly-anticipated, next-generation Toyota Supra is still a few months away from breaking cover, but a leaked, internal BMW document just revealed what engines it will use. Posted by the folks over at the Supramkv forums, the document confirms that the Supra will get the same three engines as the upcoming Z4. The lineup will consist of a four-cylinder unit with two power ratings and a more powerful six-cylinder mill for the range-topping model. These engines carry the familiar x0i nomenclature seen on BMW models. Specifically, the four-cylinders are dubbed 20i and 30i, while the six-cylinder is codenamed the 40i.

The document also confirms that the Supra will go on sale in both Europe and the United States. In Europe, it will get all three engines, while the U.S. model will cross the pond with the six-cylinder and only the more powerful version of the four-banger. Another interesting detail that comes with the leak is that, apparently, the Supra won’t get a manual transmission. This wouldn’t be surprising here in North America, but as it turns out, European models are automatic too, no matter the engine.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota Supra

If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun (and later Nissan), but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following. Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, it looks like the new Toyota Supra is all but official. With Toyota having launched the FT-1 concept in 2014 and with sporty prototypes spotted on the road since 2016, it looks as if the next-generation Supra isn’t far from becoming reality.

The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987 with the introduction of the first turbocharged model that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well. It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late 1990s. With more info and rumors coming out on a regular basis about the next-gen Toyota Supra, it was only a matter of time before the first prototypes hit the streets. This finally happened in September 2016, basically giving confirmation that the new Supra will arrive in dealerships pretty soon. Based on the spy shots, we created a rendering of the upcoming sports car, to go with our speculative review. Check it out below and stay tuned for updates.

Update 10/24/2017: The upcoming Toyota Supra was caught testing in the wild yet again. Check out the spy shots section below for the latest shots of the long-awaited sports car.

Spy Shots

October 24, 2017 – Little Change, Lots of Hope


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New Taillights…that’s all it is. As you can see from this latest round of photos, the engineers over at Toyota have apparently been sleeping on the job. In more than a month, they have changed next to nothing on the outside of the upcoming sports car. It still sports the new LED headlights we saw last time, while the rest of the body has gone untouched with the exception of the rear lights, which are now official LED production units. They feature a rounded triangle layout in the corners that lead into a single strip of LEDs that shoot inward toward each other. Whether or not this strips actually connect and extend across the bottom of the rear deck remains unseen, but it certainly appears that way.

On a side note, the chances are that Toyota spent the all this time perfecting the things under the skin and tweaking various parts of the chassis, engine, and transmission. Are we close to production ready? I think so. I bet we’ll see it makes its big debut in Tokyo in the next few days, but I could be wrong. All of the exterior panels are decoys that have been riveted to the real body underneath, so it’s quite likely that the new Supra is all ready to go now that it has all of its exterior lights. We’ll just have to wait to see what happens. Let us know what you think so far in the comments section below.

August 9. 2017 – Toyota Supra Sports Some New Headlights


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March 17, 2017 – Toyota Supra caught up close and personal


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January 24, 2017 – Toyota Supra caught testing once again


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September 7, 2016 – First testing session


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Exterior


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“Although it's been more than a year since the first prototypes hit public roads, the upcoming Supra has yet to drop any camouflage”

Although it’s been more than a year since the first prototypes hit public roads, the upcoming Supra has yet to drop any camouflage. Sure, the body received many updates in 2017, but Toyota isn’t in any rush to remove the swirly wrap. All the padding and mystery is still there as of October 2017, but there’s plenty of details to notice, starting with the headlights. If you look closely, you’ll notice that they are full LED units — that means there are no halogen bulbs, no HIDs, and no-nonsense. They even look stylish, with three upper and lower LED units and a headlamp assembly that’s recessed into the nose just a little bit.

I’m not too keen on the gap to the top and outside, but I have a feeling that will probably be remedied prior to the car actually going into production. You’ll also notice the LED running light that makes its way from the upper outside corner downward before pulling a near-90-degree turn to shoot across the bottom of the light assembly. When the camo comes off, I think we’ll find this to be very attractive and somewhat unique. Furthermore, one has to point out that it’s refreshing to see such small headlight units that don’t wrap around the corners in a ridiculous fashion — that’s almost as bad as these cars with massive fake vents in the corners.


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“The taillights seem to be somewhat based on the fourth-generation model”

Drawing inspiration from the FT-1 Concept, the major changes in our rendering are based on how the car might look like if it reaches production, coupled with the tiny details we managed to gather from the spy shots. Dropping the ultra fancy Formula 1-style nose from the FT1 at the front, which is admittedly awesome but unfortunately doesn’t seem like something that could go beyond the concept stage, the rendering features a toned-down split-intake and slender headlamps based on the GT86’s.

Moving to the back, it’s pretty challenging to picture the production model since the test car is so heavily camouflaged. However, we can see the actual production taillights, which are really thin and placed at the corners of the fascia. Also using LED technology, they seem to be somewhat based on the fourth-generation model. The shape is similar, although more modern on the new Supra, but we can also see round light clusters, just like on the car that got discontinued in 2002.


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“We have reached a point where we no longer expect the next-gen Supra to borrow too many features from the FT-1 concept”

Things become a bit more dramatic above, where the trunk lid has a massive spoiler. It’s not a wing like on the previous-gen Supra, but the spoiler is really massive and gives the coupe an aggressive look. Sure, it would have been nice to get a big wing like the previous-gen Supra, but aerodynamics are probably so good that it doesn’t need one. What’s more, with the car in the spy shots still in testing phase, I wouldn’t rule out a wing on the production car just yet. What’s more, Toyota may be saving the wing for a more hardcore version. Every popular sports car eventually gets a more hardcore version nowadays, so I don’t see why Toyota would pass on that opportunity. Actually, I’m pretty sure Gazoo Racing is already messing with a test car somewhere in Japan, and it won’t be long until we see a beefed-up coupe on the road.

All told, we have reached a point where we no longer expect the next-gen Supra to borrow too many features from the gorgeous FT-1 concept, but that’s not to say that the production model will lack the sportiness that the nameplate became famous for. I think it’s pretty clear that the new Supra will be based on the styling language of the GT 86, but showcase a more aggressive stance and a grand tourer-like profile. For instance, the double bubble roof seen in the most recent spy shots give it a classic sports car look that sets it apart from other vehicles in this niche.

Interior


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“If the exterior is any indication, the interior too should be unique to this car”

If the exterior is any indication, the interior too should be unique to this car, although we may see a handful of details from other Toyotas find their way inside the cabin. Although our paparazzi managed to get some shots of the Supra’s cabin, the massive amount of camouflage prevents us from getting a good glimpse of what’s in store. What’s more, the instrument cluster and steering wheel, basically the very few features that are visible, might not be in their final, production-ready stage.

However, there are a few hints to consider. For starters, it appears that the instrument cluster is analog and not as modern as you’d expect in a car like this. But this could mean that either the final display isn’t yet ready or that the base model will come with an analog cluster, and a digital unit will be available. The steering wheel isn’t particularly exciting to look at, and it doesn’t have a flat bottom, but it does have some chrome and aluminum-look touches. We can also see some of the clean center stack and the A/C vents on top. The latter are rectangular and seem a bit old-fashioned, but they could work with the rest of the layout. Arguably the most important feature we can see is the big infotainment display placed on top of the dash. This is a significant departure from the Toyota norm and could mean that the Japanese firm is doing some out-of-the-box thinking for the Supra.

The rest remains a mystery at this point, but don’t expect the production car to be as racy as the FT-1 on the inside. Toyota needs to focus on convenience and luxury in order to enable the Supra to compete with the likes of the Acura NSX and offer leather upholstery, contrast stitching, and aluminum trim, at least in the more expensive models. These will probably be combined with sports seats and pedals, a bespoke instrument cluster with a performance-specific display, and Toyota’s latest technology and safety features.

Drivetrain


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“Three of the gasoline engines developed for the Z5 will find their way into the Supra”

If I had a penny for every rumor regarding the Supra’s drivetrain lineup, I’d be able to fill up my car’s gas tank a few times. Yup, there’s been a lot of street talk going around, and I’ve read quite a few scenarios in recent years.

Still, the drivetrain of the new Supra is shrouded in more mystery than nearly any other part of the car. There have been many rumored drivetrain configurations over the years, from turbocharged four-cylinders and the V-10 from the Lexus LFA to a hybrid drivetrain. With the LFA long discontinued, a small-displacement gasoline engine is the more probable choice. A hybrid is also very likely given the current market trends, but it wouldn’t be surprising for Toyota to offer both.

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about a V-6 hybrid system. This scenario is backed by the first spy video of the car, in which the roar of a V-6 and the whirring sound of an electric motor can be heard when the driver steps on the gas pedal. The system will likely be similar to what is currently offered in some Lexus models, but retuned for a sportier response. Estimated output is of at least 400 horsepower. But a sole drivetrain with more than 400 horses isn’t what Toyota needs right now. The Supra has to be powerful, but the Japanese firm also needs a less potent, more affordable option.


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“The hybrid version is expected to deliver at least 400 horsepower”

This is where a gasoline, non-hybrid drivetrain could come in. Word has it that the cooperation between BMW and Toyota will enable the latter to use the engines developed for the upcoming BMW Z5, the vehicle that’s set to replace the Z4. A factory document that surfaced the web recently says that three of the engines developed for the Z5 will find their way into the Supra. First on the list is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. This unit is already familiar in the BMW lineup, being used in cars like the 3 Series and 4 Series. The unit cranks out 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque in these cars, and although these figures will change for the Supra, I expect a similar output.

Next up is a more powerful version of the same four-banger. Rated at 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet in current Bimmers, this 2.0-liter unit will provide a sportier version of the Supra. This model could also be the base offering in the United States, as the less powerful 2.0-liter isn’t available on this side of the pond.


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“It’s safe to assume that the range-topping gasoline version will get a little more than 300 horsepower”

Finally, there’s the engine that BMW calls the 40i. This is a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six that cranks out a solid 335 horsepower in existing models and could get a similar output in the upcoming Z5. That’s a pretty exciting rating for the modern Supra, but again, these figures are subject to change depending on what modifications Toyota will make under the hood. With a 400-horsepower hybrid model also in the books, it’s safe to assume that the range-topping gasoline version will get a little more than 300 horsepower.

All told, we could end up with four different models in showrooms, with the hybrid variant to sit at the top of the range and offer the most output. Now, this is an exciting scenario!

Prices


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Pricing for the new Supra is rumored to begin from nearly $40,000 in the United States. This sticker would make it considerably more affordable than the previous model in its final years on the market, but the higher performance and the hybrid versions will probably cost more than $50,000.

As far as production goes, word has it that the new sports car will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria. Production will be capped at around 60,000 units per year. The first Supras will roll out sometime in 2018 for the 2019 model year.

Competitors

Believe it or not, but finding a head-on competitor for the Supra isn’t as easy as it sounds. And that’s because at the time of this writing there aren’t any proper sports cars in this segment and, more importantly, in this price bracket. But let’s have a look at some of the alternatives.

BMW Z5


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Since the Z5 and the Supra are build on the same scalable platforms, it’s only natural to consider them rivals. However, there’s a big chance that they won’t be. Although they will share some engines, the Supra will be a coupe only, while the Z5 will be convertible. So we already have two significantly different cars. What’s more, BMW and Toyota have probably reached some sort of gentleman agreement that will prevent the Supra and Z5 from stepping on their toes in the same niche. So expect them to have different equipment lines as well as different pricing. Of course, with both likely to get trims that span between $35,000 to in excess of $50,000, some versions are likely to overlap, but both companies will be looking to aim their cars at different types of customers. But in essence, if you want a drop-top with similar performance, the Z5 is a good option. Assuming you’re not a Supra enthusiast, that is!

Read our speculative review of the upcoming 2018 BMW Z5.

Acura NSX


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The NSX and Supra are radically different cars. Not only the NSX competes in a different niche in terms of pricing, but it also has a different drivetrain layout, with the gasoline engine mounted behind the seats. However, there is one thing that makes them similar. Much like the Supra, the NSX returned to the market after a little more than a decade. And it’s a completely different vehicle too, now using a combustion engine and no fewer than three electric motors to move about. The gas unit is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, while two of the three electric motors spin the front wheels. The hybrid combo sends 573 horsepower to all four wheels, while the V-6 alone generates a whopping 406 pound-feet of torque. Sprinting from 0 to 60 mph takes around 3.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at more than 180 mph. The big issue with the NSX, when compared to the Supra, is that it retails from $156,000.

Read our full story on the 2017 Acura NSX.

Next-Generation Nissan Z


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While the current 370Z is a bit too long in the tooth for the upcoming Supra, a next-gen model would be the perfect competitor. However, while Nissan is definitely planning to build one, the Z nameplate is shrouded in mystery. While some rumors say that Nissan is looking to place it higher in the market just so it can compete with the Supra, other voices claim that the Japanese firm is actually aiming to provide a more affordable alternative. With the range-topping GT-R likely to be significantly more expensive in the new generation, a slightly pricier Nissan Z makes a lot of sense. On the flipside, there’s a scenario in which Nissan turns the Z into a crossover, so the Supra’s traditional rival may no longer exist in a few years. But as long as no specific plans have been confirmed, we can hope that Nissan is actually a working on a rival for the Toyota Supra.

Read our full review on the next-generation 2019 Nissan Z.

Conclusion


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When it comes to exciting news, a new-generation Toyota Supra is as good as it gets. Sure, the Japanese firm is still mum on the project, but the new Supra is definitely underway with so many test cars spotted on public roads. And with high-revving prototypes seen on the Nurburgring recently, a higher performance version is in the books as well. Supra fans have been clamoring about a new sports car ever since Toyota discontinued the fourth-gen car in 2002 and they’re finally getting it. If this isn’t great news, I don’t know what is. Hopefully, it won’t be long before Toyota spills the beans.

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References


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Read our full review on the 1993-1998 Toyota Supra.


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Read our full review on the 2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept.


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Read our full speculative review on the next-generation BMW Z4.

Brief Toyota Supra History

First Generation


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“Aimed at customers looking for a larger, more comfortable car, the first-gen Supra was offered with three engines”

The first-generation Supra was launched in April 1978, and unlike its predecessors, it was heavily based on the Celica liftback. Aimed at customers looking for a larger, more comfortable car, the first-gen Supra was offered with three inline-six engines until production ended in 1981. All three were naturally aspirated, and transmission options included a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic. The 2.0-liter unit generated 123 horsepower, while the larger, 2.6-liter engine was rated at 110 horses.

The Supra was first exported outside Japan in January 1979. In August 1980, less than a year until production was stopped, the Supra received a 2.8-liter inline-six that cranked out 116 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the 2.0-liter version, this one was sold in the U.S. too.

Read our full story on the first-generation Toyota Supra.

Second Generation


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“The second-generation model went into production in late 1981 with a new exterior and a revised engine lineup”

The second-generation model went into production in late 1981 with a new exterior and a revised engine lineup. Still built around the Celica’s platform, the second-gen Supra was launched with new versions of the 2.0- and 2.8-liter inline-six engines. The former was rated at 125 horsepower, while the latter developed between 145 and 174 horsepower, depending on the market where it was sold.

Toyota made various changes to the car until 1986, with all engines gaining more oomph throughout the years. By the time production came to an end, the 2.0-liter was good for up to 160 horsepower, while the 2.8-liter version generated up to 178 horses. Various variants of the previous five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions were offered.

Check out our full review of the second-generation Supra.

Third Generation


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“In 1987, Toyota launched the first turbocharged model”

The Supra was once again redesigned in 1986, gaining a more modern appearance and upgraded technology. More importantly, the Supra was no longer based on the Celica. Another big change was the switch to front-wheel drive. In 1987, Toyota launched the first turbocharged model, an event associated with the Supra name becoming an international legend.

A version of the old 2.0-liter inline-six engine was kept in production with 160 horsepower, but the twin-turbo version that followed in 1987 delivered an impressive 205 horses. The 2.8-liter was replaced with a 3.0-liter engine, rated at 200 horsepower and naturally aspirated trim and 230 horses with forced induction. In 1990, a third engine was launched. This was the legendary 1JZ-GTE, a twin-turbo, 2.5-liter inline-six rated at a whopping 276 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of twist. All engine options were available with five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions.

Read our full story on the third-generation Toyota Supra.

Fourth Generation


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“The final and probably most celebrated Supra arrived into dealerships in 1993”

The final and probably most celebrated Supra arrived into dealerships in 1993. Redesigned by Isao Tsuzuki, it looked modern but incorporated some cues from Toyota’s first grand touring sports car, the Toyota 2000GT. Equipped with modern tech and a brand-new engine, the iconic 2JZ-GTE, the fourth-gen supra was also the first Toyota vehicle to include a passenger airbag as standard.

The new 3.0-liter inline-six came with 220 horsepower and 210 pound-feet on tap, but Toyota also offered a twin-turbo version with 276 horses and 318 pound-feet of twist. For the export markets, Toyota upgraded the Supra turbo’s engine with smaller, steel-wheeled turbochargers and bigger fuel injectors, which increased the power output to an impressive 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet in the U.S. and 326 horses and 325 pound-feet in Europe.

“The fourth-gen Supra was sold in the United States until 1998 when it was retired due to declining sales”

The turbocharged variant needed only 4.6 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start and just 13.1 seconds to complete the quarter mile (at 109 mph). The car was tested to reach over 177 mph, but customer cars were restricted to 112 mph in Japan and 155 mph in North America and Europe. A new six-speed manual was introduced alongside the usual five-speed manual and four-speed automatic.

The fourth-gen Supra was sold in the United States until 1998 when it was retired due to declining sales. Production continued in Japan until August 2002, when restrictive emissions standard forced Toyota to put an end to the fourth-gen car and the Supra nameplate altogether.

Check out our full review of the fourth-generation Supra.

Update History

Updated 03/16/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Toyota Supra hanging out somewhere at a station gas. Of course, this was the perfect opportunity to take some nice pictures of the upcoming coupe.

Updated 2/3/2014: We have just created several new renderings of the anticipated Supra.

Updated 1/14/2014: Toyota revealed its FT-1 concept in Detroit yesterday that we all agree is obviously a preview of what will eventually be a concept version of the next-generation Supra.

Updated 07/03/2012: A few days ago BMW and Toyota signed an agreement for co-developing a new sports car. And now, Automotive News is reporting that the next generation Toyota Supra could be built using the BMW 6-series architecture: “Anything is possible. The key factor is that the products of both companies retain their own individual character, despite jointly developed technologies.”

Updated 01/24/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Toyota Supra out for a new testing session, this time during cold winter conditions.

Updated 12/13/2011: MotorTrend has offered new details on the new generation Supra set to be released in 2015. It seems that the car is being tested with a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid system generating over 400 hp. It has also been rumored that the car will feature a design close to the FT-HS concept revealed at the 2007 Detroit show.

Updated 12/05/2011:
The return of the Supra name has been denied and confirmed by Toyota so many times, it’s equivalent to watching a tennis ball endlessly shooting over the net – back and forth, back and forth.
Now, however, that game may finally be coming to a close.
During the official debut of the GT 86, Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, said there was room for a three-tier sports car line-up in the Toyota range, with one car sitting below the 86 and one above it: “Right now the 86 will be a mid-size sports car. I would like to have one smaller and one larger. One would probably be a Supra follower. Nothing has been decided yet. It would [be] like a Supra successor.

We’ll see how long this story rides before Toyota throws another game into the set.

PostHeaderIcon Gazoo Performance Brand Grabs Hold Of Toyota's New Supra Hybrid Sports Car

There’s been plenty of talk surrounding the long-awaited return of the Toyota Supra. That’s to be expected for a car that a lot of people have been waiting for. But the return of the sports car isn’t just about a once-famous nameplate coming back to the spotlight; it’s also about looking into the future and what that future has in store in the evolution of the Supra name. It’s already been reported that the 2018 Supra will actually be a hybrid performance model. Now we’re told that the Supra won’t actually be sold under the Toyota brand, but will instead be the first car to be sold under Toyota’s newly launched Gazoo road performance division.

That bombshell comes from no less than Gazoo Racing chief Koei Saga, who told Autocar that the Supra would be one of the first of many performance models that will be sold under the Gazoo name. It’s still unclear if that shift will end up with the sports car carrying a different name altogether – Gazoo Supra and Toyota Supra Gazoo are two names being thrown around – but the important thing here is that Toyota’s now creating a separate performance arm that will include the Supra hybrid sports car.

For now, the Gazoo Supra (let’s call it that for the time being) will cede a lot of the attention to the three-door Gazoo Yaris hot hatchback, which technically counts as the first production model under the new Gazoo brand. The hot hatch is scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming March where it will showcase a lot of its wares, including a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that spits out more than 210 horsepower.

Once the Gazoo Yaris is introduced to the world, look for Toyota and Gazoo to turn their focus on putting the finishing touches on the Supra hybrid sports car as it prepares to make its own world debut in 2018, presumably with a different name that what we’ve been expecting.

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PostHeaderIcon Four New Cars to Look Out for in 2017

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The last year has been a good one for the motor industry, and if what we’ve seen of upcoming offerings is anything to go by 2017’s going to be another one, so we’ve put together a list of some of the cars petrol heads should be excited to see in the coming year.

Audi RS3 Saloon

We all know how good the German manufacturer’s existing line is, but their new saloon looks to be a step up even from that, with a turbocharged engine that can take the improved, lighter frame from nought to sixty in just over four seconds. In keeping with the sportier design philosophy, this model will add improved braking and suspension systems for a real feeling of power and control in your driving experience.

Honda Civic Type R

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The new hot hatch from Honda has the look of a statelier vehicle, but sits on top of four thick tyres for legendary traction and comes loaded with a boosted engine. Honda has its sights set on the crown currently worn by the Ford Focus RS as the premier sporty hatchback and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S’s Nürburgring record, and if the quality of the car lives up to its ambition it’ll be well worth the expected £32,000 price tag.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda-Octavia

This familiar family car is set to get an edgy revamp this year, featuring a sharper, more stylish look in the vein of the Superb and Kodiaq SUV. In addition to a makeover, the new model will be gaining smartphone integration for iOS and Android. The engine range isn’t expected to change so it should be as cheap to run as ever, though some are speculating that a petrol-powered GreenLine model could be making its debut this year.

Toyota Supra

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This sleek sports car almost looks like something out of a science fiction movie, but recent photos show this collaboration with BMW to be the real deal. Little is known as of yet, but it shares a platform with the BMW Z5, features an extensive infotainment dash, and simply oozes style. Keep you eyes peeled for more announcements about this in the coming months.

The post Four New Cars to Look Out for in 2017 appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon The New Toyota Supra Could Be Electrified

Look, I get it – you want a new Toyota Supra. I want a new Toyota Supra. The whole performance world wants a new Toyota Supra. Well, I’ve got good news – it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to get it, as a pre-production mule was spotted last month doing some street testing in a full camo exterior. Now, to really whet your appetite, we’re bringing you a few tantalizing hints as to what’ll be used under the hood. Reading between the lines of a few recent comments made by a high-ranking Toyota rep, it’s looking more than likely that the new Supra will use a hybrid drivetrain.

That’s the news coming from the U.K. publication Auto Express, which recently spoke with Toyota Europe president and CEO Johan van Zyl about the possibility of using hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology for an entry in the sports car segment. His response: “I would imagine that in the future that will definitely happen.”

He continued, “We already have some sporting models with hybrid powertrains on the Lexus side. But on the Toyota side, I think we will find that if we can have a World Endurance Championship racing car with hybrid technology, it can happen on a road car,” adding, “I do not have any doubt whatsoever that in the longer-term future there will be a real Toyota sports model using electrification.”

Le Mans-inspired performance paired with the legendary Supra nameplate? Yes, please.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Supra

If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun, but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following. Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, it looks like the new Toyota Supra is all but official. With Toyota having launched the FT-1 concept in 2014 and with sporty prototypes spotted on the road since 2016, it looks as if the next-generation Supra isn’t far from becoming reality.

The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987 with the introduction of the first turbocharged model that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well. It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late 1990s.

With more info and rumors coming out on a regular basis about the next-gen Toyota Supra, it was only a matter of time before the first prototypes hit the streets. This finally happened in September 2016, basically giving confirmation that the new Supra will arrive in dealerships pretty soon. Based on the spy shots, we created a rendering of the upcoming sports car, to go with our speculative review Read on to see our thoughts on the matter and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 03/16/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Toyota Supra hanging out somewhere at a station gas. Of course this was the perfect opportunity to take some nice pictures of the upcoming coupe.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Toyota Supra.


PostHeaderIcon Toyota Supra Prototype Caught on Video

Much has been said about the long-awaited return of the Toyota Supra and for as long as we’ve all waited to see the car in action, I have to say that watching this video of the camouflaged Supra leaving BMW’s M Test Center at the Nürburgring has made all that waiting worth it.

We don’t get to see too much of the car, but we do hear the sound of its engine, and for what it’s worth, it sounds everything that I expected it to be. Now the roar isn’t as throaty as some might have expected, but that’s likely because a hybrid engine is sitting under its hood. There have been reports that the Supra will come with a number of different engines with a hybrid V-6 serving as the range-topping variant. Should that be the case, what we just saw may be that model underneath all that camouflage.

Speaking of which, the camouflage does its job in hiding most of the Supra’s exterior details, but if you pause the video, there are some details that are worth pointing out. The first is what appears to be rectangular headlights that I’m not sure how to feel about. On the one hand, it does point to a lineage to the Supra line, but on the other hand, rectangular headlights in 2016? Interesting choice, if it does end up looking like that.

On a more positive note, if you pause the video at the right time, you’ll notice how sloped the front nose is, almost as if it’s lying completely diagonal. Could that be a design inspired by the Toyota FT-1 Concept? Last but not least is the rear section, which is a far departure from what we expected it would look like. At first glance, it looks a lot like the rear section of the pre-2017 model year Toyota GT 86 with the round taillights and the dual tailpipes sitting on opposite ends. The bumper does appear to be much lower than the old 86 and the presence of that fixed rear spoiler creates the striking aesthetic difference that leads me to believe that there’s more underneath that camouflage than what meets the eye.


PostHeaderIcon Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

The rumor mill is churning over at Toyota with reports that the Japanese automaker is finally building a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, codenamed 943F, that it plans to use on the fifth-generation Lexus GS. The model is scheduled to make its debut in late 2017 or early 2018 and will be marketed as a 2019 model. But, according to Japanese media outlet Mag-X, the big takeaway from the fifth-gen GS is the turbocharged V-6, the first production V-6 that Toyota will build in its long and illustrious history.

While there hasn’t been any confirmation coming from either Toyota or Lexus, there is an argument to be made for Lexus to get a turbo V-6, none more so than the increased importance being placed by automakers in downsizing their engines as a way of addressing the increasingly stringent emissions regulations. For its part, Lexus also needs a forced induction V-6 because a lot of its competitors already utilize a similar engine in some form or capacity. It may be time for Toyota’s premium brand to join the fray in that regard and expand its V-6 offerings past the turbocharged inline-sixes that it has used in the past.

If Toyota does take this step, don’t sleep on the possibility of another model eventually using the same engine. Again, this is all speculation but if Toyota wants to maximize the seemingly limitless potential of the returning Supra sports car, having a turbocharged V-6 as an engine option is a great way to do it. At the very least, it would be able to make a big statement in differentiating the sports car with the Toyota GT 86, which currently uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s been one of Toyota’s goals anyway so it only makes sense for the company to give the Supra the same turbo V-6 that it is reportedly developing for the Lexus GS.

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PostHeaderIcon The Return Of The Toyota Supra Is Upon Us

The highly anticipated return of the Toyota Supra could take place as early as 2018 now that development of the sports car has progressed to the point that Toyota and project partner BMW have moved on to developing their respective models independent of each other. For one, Toyota is already in the process of testing the Supra on the road, same as BMW with the convertible Z5, the German automaker’s sports car that will arise from the partnership with Toyota.

The return of the Supra marks an important time for Toyota as it tries to re-establish itself in the mainstream sports car scene. It’s been 14 years since the last Supra arrived and with the segment becoming as busy as it’s ever been in a long time, a flagship performance mode that would sit above the GT 86 and would carry one of the company’s most iconic nameplates is exactly what Toyota needs to compete in an increasingly competitive market.

Toyota has remained tight-lipped on the sports car’s power and performance capabilities, but it is already understood that the Supra would feature a hybrid all-wheel drive set-up that will be made up of a BMW gas-powered engine and electric motors whose energy is stored in supercapacitors.

Despite the expected similarities born from this collaboration, the Toyota Supra and the BMW Z5 will be two different models, largely because they’ll occupy different areas of the sports car market. The Supra, for instance, is likely to be slotted against the Honda NSX and will be packaged with a more purist thought to the development. On the other hand, the Z5 convertible is expected to take the reins from the BMW Z4 as the German automaker’s resident sports car, albeit one with a more balanced development of luxury and performance.

No decisions on the production side have been set for either car, but according to BMW board member Ian Robertson, there’s a possibility that both models could be built in the same production facility. The U.S. or Europe are the two most likely locations to have the facility, largely because of the importance of both markets for Toyota and BMW.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Trademarks The "Supra" Name In Europe

Two years after Toyota renewed its trademark for the “Supra” name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Japanese automaker is doubling down on the trademark front by filing a similar application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

According to SupraMKV.com, Toyota filed the trademark on March 6, 2016 and this filing is the latest sign that the company is drawing closer to bringing back the famous nameplate on the sports car it’s developing as part of a partnership with BMW. The collaboration between the two auto giants began in earnest back in 2010 and while neither Toyota’s sports car nor BMW’s own version, reportedly to be called the Z5, have yet to be unveiled in public, previous reports have indicated that production for both models will begin in 2018. Independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr will reportedly produce both models in Graz, Austria with a target of building 60,000 combined units annually. Should that timetable proceed as scheduled, an official unveiling – or two – could be in the cards for 2017.

If Toyota does bring back the Supra name for the sports car as many expect it to be, it would represent the fifth-generation model for the iconic nomenclature. The Japanese automaker last used the Supra name in 2002 when the fourth-generation model, codenamed the A80, was on its last legs.

As far as official details about the car are concerned, Toyota has done a good job at keeping them from getting disclosed to the public. There have been some rumors that the model’s platform will be shared with that of the BMW sports car. That said, the design for both cars will be different with the Toyota sports car expected to carry some styling influences from the Toyota FT-1 concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show. Likewise, both models are reportedly getting gas-powered engines from BMW and a hybrid powertrain from Toyota.

To be clear, none of these “reports” have been officially confirmed by Toyota or BMW, but that’s an issue for another time. What’s important is that Toyota’s trademark of the “Supra” name in Europe is the latest sign that the iconic nameplate will be dusted off after spending 14 years in the shelves.

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PostHeaderIcon Next BMW And Toyota Sports Cars Will Be Built By Magna Steyr

In the early 2010s, there was a lot of news about a collaboration between Toyota and BMW to bring a set of new sports cars to the market. In short, it was news that Toyota was planning a successor for the Toyota Supra and BMW was planning a successor for the BMW Z4, and both models would share the same architecture – the same story behind the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ. It was later said that Toyota would build the new Supra alone, but would co-develop the next Z4 with BMW. Since then, we’ve seen the new BMW sports car – dubbed the Z5 – testing under heavy camo, and we’ve seen what may have been a preview of the new Supra when Toyota debuted the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept.

Now, German news outlet Kleinezeitung has announced that both brand’s models will be built by independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr – the Austria-based plant that currently builds the Mercedes G-Class, Mini Countryman, and Mini Paceman. According to the German new outlet, the Z5 is set to go into production first, with the successor to the Supra to follow shortly thereafter. Furthermore, it was said that annual production would be somewhere around 60,000 units for each model.

As of now, BMW has confirmed that it had plans to start building a new model at Magna’s plant in 2018 but had yet to disclose which model. That said, it’s quite possible that the new Z5 will be the model that starts production in 2018. For now, the successor to the Supra remains unnamed, but expect it to start production in late 2018 or early 2019. Based on the spy shots of the Z5, we know that it will be a soft top roadster and will be rear-wheel drive. As for the Supra, we expect it to at least be a hybrid that uses technology from Toyota’s recent WEC developments. The proverbial cat is practically out of the bag for now, so stay tuned for more updates on the collaboration between BMW and Toyota.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Supra

If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun, but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following.

Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, it looks like the new Toyota Supra is all but official. Toyota’s newest concept car, the 2014 Toyota FT-1 likely previews the new shape and design of the upcoming Supra replacement.

The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987 with the introduction of the first turbocharged 1986-1992 Supra, that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well.

It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late ’90s.

With more info and rumors coming out every day about the next-gen Toyota Supra, it’s only a matter of time before we find out what Toyota really plans to do. Read on to see our thoughts on the matter.

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PostHeaderIcon The Fast and The Furious Toyota Supra Stunt Car Auctioned For $185k

As reported last month, one of the Toyota Supra stunt cars used in the original The Fast and The Furious movie was auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in Indianapolis over the weekend, and as expected, the winning bidder paid a pretty penny to add this car to his collection. When the hammer dropped, this customized 1995 Toyota Supra stunt car sold for $185,000 meeting the initial expectations of between $150,000 and $200,000.

In the movie, the bright orange Supra was driven by Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner, and this car was used to create the racing scenes including the finale where O’Conner races Dominic Toretto in his classic Dodge Charger.The Supra was built at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, CA by Eddie Paul, who has fabricated other cars for the Fast and Furious franchise, full-size Cars characters, and the 1967 Pontiac GTO driven by Vin Diesel in xXx.

Although the Supra looks the part, this stunt car probably won’t be able to beat a Ferrari F355 in a drag race (as was portrayed in the movie). This car comes with the Supra’s non-turbo 2JZ-GE 3.0-liter inline-six as well as a pair of disconnected nitrous tanks and a “heavy-duty” suspension.

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The Fast and The Furious Toyota Supra Stunt Car Auctioned For $185k originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Supra Stunt Car from The Fast and The Furious Heads to the Mecum Auction Block

It’s hard to believe that The Fast and The Furious franchise is now 14 years old, but even after seven installments, some of the most iconic racing in this franchise still comes from Brian O’Conner’s bright orange Toyota Supra. For the ultimate Fast and Furious fan, Mecum Auctions is listing one of the Supra stunt cars used in that movie, and it goes up for auction on May 16th at Mecum’s 28th Original Spring Classic 2015 in Indianapolis.

Although the Supra hero car is from the 1995 model year, this matching stunt car is listed as a 1993 model. The exterior is an exact match for the car driven by Paul Walker’s character in the movie, but the stunt car’s interior is built for safety with a full roll cage, racing bucket seats, etc.

According the auction listing, this stunt car was built for the movie’s use by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California, and it was used in key scenes, including the final race scene where Brian O’Conner drag races Dominic Toretto in his 1970 Dodge Charger. And if this car’s movie pedigree wasn’t enough, it was also a first-place class winner at the Detroit Autorama earlier this year.

There’s no telling how much it is going to cost someone to add this Supra to his collection, but with the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise in theaters right now, the price is sure to run quite high.

Continue reading to learn more about the Brian O’Conner’s 1995 Toyota Supra Turbo MK-IV.

Toyota Supra Stunt Car from The Fast and The Furious Heads to the Mecum Auction Block originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 19 April 2015 23:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota's New Sports Car Might Not Go Hybrid

In a collaborative project codenamed “Silk Road,” Toyota and BMW are teaming up to build the next-generation Supra and Z4. Much like the Toyota/Subaru partnership that birthed the FR-S and BRZ, this new effort will see contributions from both automakers, with the Germans responsible for the turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine and rear-drive chassis, and the Japanese penning the exterior body and throwing in a boatload of money.

Originally, rumors spread that the new Supra would bear a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder blessed with electrification thanks to Toyota’s extensive experience with hybrids. Output was placed somewhere north of 400 horsepower.

Now, however, CarAndDriver is shooting down that possibility, saying that while Toyota will let Bimmer in on some of its cheap hybrid technology, “there’s currently no indication that the Silk Road cars will offer hybrid options.”

Instead, the publication is reporting that BMW will develop a four-banger for the Z4, while Toyota will stick to the larger boosted straight six. It also says that leaks from Germany hint that the new Supra will be released in just two years time as a 2018 model, with the platform offering enough flexibility for additional BMW variants and even possibly a Lexus model.

Continue reading to learn more about the next Toyota Supra.

Toyota’s New Sports Car Might Not Go Hybrid originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 30 March 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota's New Sports Car Might Not Go Hybrid

In a collaborative project codenamed “Silk Road,” Toyota and BMW are teaming up to build the next-generation Supra and Z4. Much like the Toyota/Subaru partnership that birthed the FR-S and BRZ, this new effort will see contributions from both automakers, with the Germans responsible for the turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine and rear-drive chassis, and the Japanese penning the exterior body and throwing in a boatload of money.

Originally, rumors spread that the new Supra would bear a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder blessed with electrification thanks to Toyota’s extensive experience with hybrids. Output was placed somewhere north of 400 horsepower.

Now, however, CarAndDriver is shooting down that possibility, saying that while Toyota will let Bimmer in on some of its cheap hybrid technology, “there’s currently no indication that the Silk Road cars will offer hybrid options.”

Instead, the publication is reporting that BMW will develop a four-banger for the Z4, while Toyota will stick to the larger boosted straight six. It also says that leaks from Germany hint that the new Supra will be released in just two years time as a 2018 model, with the platform offering enough flexibility for additional BMW variants and even possibly a Lexus model.

Continue reading to learn more about the next Toyota Supra.

Toyota’s New Sports Car Might Not Go Hybrid originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 30 March 2015 06:00 EST.

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