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If it were up to Akio Toyoda, the next Supra would be in testing


Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has confirmed that he would like to bring a new generation Supra sometime in 2013 or 2014. Unfortunately, it may take a little more than his wanting to actually bring forth a new Supra. Other head honchos in the company do not like the idea and, during a press conference in Japan, Toyoda told journalists that he "wants to see the next Supra tested in the near future, even if one president says that we want to have a Supra again, the whole company is not going to be responding to that request." Looks like there is a small tug-o-war within Toyota and, this time, it’s not over whether or not to shed light on a safety issue.

The next generation Supra was previewed by the FT-HS concept at the 2007 Detroit motor show. It is rumored to be powered by a V6 hybrid powertrain. Previous rumors said it would also come with a 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 450 hp and 383 lbs-ft of torque.

The next Supra, if produced, will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions. The future model would be developed in parallel to the delayed FT-86 sports car . Toyota also plans to bring anew MR2 small sports car . With all of these cars in the mix, we can guess that Toyota is going to be pretty busy for the next few years.

Source: Autocar


15 comments:

If this is the new Supra I wouldn’t want to have one. Because I feel that it’s not right.

The new prototype of Supra is quite impressive. They should be sticking on improving the aerodynamics of it too.

Toyota doesn’t care about enthusiasts anymore... both them & Honda.

Well, he almost have to, its a good PR move. People would be all over him otherwise claiming he’s got more important things to attend to.

supra is dead, the lexus LF-A has already taken it’s place. but I guess akio will personally test this baby.

True, there are a lot of people like that, but those opinions are their own loss. As evidenced by the fact that the Toyota Supra sold better than every model Ferrari and Lamborghini combined, there are enough people who know better.

It should, but it doesn’t. There are people out there, that believe Ferrari is the only true maker of supercars. There are people out there, that don’t remember the Supra-Celica-MK2 trio and believe-somewhat helped by Toyota’s marketingstrategy the last 10 years-that Toyota is and always has been a maker of granny cars. Those people are ignorant to the fact, that the MK4 Supra, even in it’s stock version outpowered and outperformed a lot of the socalled supercars of the 90s.

The Supra didn’t have that kind of cache back in the day, but now that people have gotten to know the Supra for what it is—the car that held the Nurburgring record for longer than any other street car and the only true reliable supercar of the ’90s—the Supra name should have plenty of cache now.

The LFA has just been put in production. It wont be replaced in 2012. Upgraded maybe. The reason that the Lexus LFA is not called the Toyota Supra is badgesnobbing. The Toyota Supra name did not have the right sound to those Ferrari/Porche/Lambo entuciasts, that Toyota wants to reach with the LFA. That is why i previously proposed that a new Supra would be better of in the muscle car catagory, rather than the supercar catagory. Sad, but true.

I would also like to see the Supra-Celica-MR2 trio make a comeback, as well as the 2000GT, but the LFA needs to be discontinued first. I think that Toyota should replace the LFA after 2012 with two cars: a Supra powered by the racing LFA’s 620 bhp V10 to satisfy the super sports car, and a 2000GT (or 5000 GT) powered by the IS-F V8 to compete with the DBS.

A turbo Corolla to compete with the WRX and Lancer Ralliart would be nice too.

Probebly not, but maybe they sometime in the future will put a supercharger in the LFA. Which ofcourse is totally irrelevant to me, since i don’t expect ever to afford one. What i would like is to see that Supra-Celica-MR2 trio again. Updated to todays standarts.

A Supra with a supercharged V10 would be great... I just don’t see them building one that’s faster than the LFA.

It wont be a joke if twinturbos are added to the V8 smiley Think of it, a basic version with the NA V8, a hybrid version and a top version with twinturbo V8 or supercharged V10

Leave it to the "head honchos" of Toyota to make a decision like this. It’s bad enough they took so long to do a recall and to work on quality and safety on their vehicles, but to not build a halo car to generate some excitement for the brand...thats them signing their own death certificate. After this news, I will not be shocked if Hyundai builds another sports car.

DO NOT PRODUCE THIS CAR! Apparently Mr. Toyoda doesn’t realize that the American-spec version of the last Supra was the fastest track car in the world and held that record for longer than any other production car in history. We already have a Supra—it’s called the LFA. This 450 bhp joke is unworthy of the Supra name and won’t even be able to compete with the GT-R, let alone become the fastest car in the world as was its predecessor.

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