Toy­ota keeps ‘thor­ough­bred sports car’ stashed in sta­ble

StarMetro Vancouver - - Wheels - Jodi Lai

The most highly an­tic­i­pated new car of the past few years has fi­nally de­buted.

Sort of.

The res­ur­rected Toy­ota Supra still hasn’t been un­veiled, but the Toy­ota GR Supra Rac­ing Con­cept is the clos­est we’ve seen so far.

De­but­ing at the 2018 Geneva Mo­tor Show, the Toy­ota GR Supra Rac­ing Con­cept (GR stands for Ga­zoo Rac­ing) sig­nals that the Ja­panese au­tomaker is com­mit­ted to bring­ing back its iconic sports car and es­sen­tially con­firms that it will have a big pres­ence in mo­tor­sports (just like the old Supra) when this com­pact sports car fi­nally does de­but.

Un­for­tu­nately, no pow­er­train or chas­sis in­for­ma­tion has been re­leased yet, which is a let­down. Although it will have the same front-en­gine/ rear-drive lay­out as Supras past, the specs and in­for­ma­tion you re­ally want have not yet been re­leased by Toy­ota. Toy­ota did say that it’s made with light­weight ma­te­ri­als. The coupe is a joint ef­fort with BMW and will have some sim­i­lar­i­ties to the up­com­ing Z4 road­ster in the pow­er­train and chas­sis depart­ment.

Ear­lier ru­mours claimed the Supra will have a Bmw-sourced tur­bocharged 3.0-litre straight­six en­gine that out­puts 335 horse­power and 332 pound­feet of torque, while tip­ping the scales at 3,284 pounds. Those early re­ports also claimed that the Supra would not be avail­able with a man­ual trans­mis­sion.

We don’t ex­pect the fi­nal pro­duc­tion Toy­ota Supra to de­but un­til early 2019, so get ready for at least another long year of wait­ing for what Toy­ota is call­ing its “thor­ough­bred sports car.”

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