Toyota keeps ‘thoroughbred sports car’ stashed in stable
The most highly anticipated new car of the past few years has finally debuted.
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.”