A Legend returns, the Toyota Supra is reborn
Toyota announced a new generation of the legendary Supra when it staged the world premiere of the dramatically styled Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva international motor show.
Toyota said the compact twodoor concept, with its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration, demonstrates the potential for a fun-to-drive car that can deliver high performance both on road and track.
The Supra nameplate is legendary and still adored by enthusiasts today, it is widely respected as a motoring icon.
The reveal of the GR Supra Racing Concept refllects the company’s new glloball focus on using motorsport, and the Gazoo Racing brand, to help accelerate development of production models. The Supra name evokes power, performance and handling that defined a succession of worldclass cars for a quarter of a century. As a thoroughbred sports car, the Toyota Supra built a reputation both as a formidable performer on the road and as an allconquering machine on the racetrack, dominating Japan’s toplevel GT racing series and earning legions of fans.
The Toyota Supra still enjoys an iconic status among sportscar aficionados, 16 years from the end of production.
Its enduring popularity has been helped by its success as a popular model in the Gran Turismo driving simulator video game series, and as a starring car in the first film in The Fast and the Furious global action movie series.
The Supra badge first appeared in 1978 on a larger and more powerful version of the second generation Celica before becoming established as a successful model in its own right.
Known as the A40, the original Supra was followed by three further generations: the A60 in 1981, A70 in 1986 and A80 in 1993.
The front engine, rear-wheeldrive GT sports car remained in production until 2002, and in its final generation it was Toyota’s most powerful production model. The Supra’s reputation was greatly enhanced by its success in motorsport. Most notably, the fourth-generation Supra, introduced in 1993, became the dominant force in the All-Japan GT racing (today’s Super GT series), winning the GT500 class four times.
The Toyota Supra also competed in American IMSA sports car racing in the 1980s and twice appeared at Le Mans in the 1990s.
The GR Supra Racing Concept will also be featured in an update of the Gran Turismo Sport video game, developed by Polyphony Digital Inc., and scheduled for release in April 2018.