Toyota Essentially Seals the Supra's Comeback by Renewing its Trademark

Toyota Supra

That’s right. On February 10th, Toyota filed the name “Supra ” with the United States Patent and Trademark office, all but spelling out the conformation the sports car is headed back into production. Although Toyota hasn’t admitted it yet, the FT-1 concept seen at the Detroit Auto Show will likely be the staring place for the upcoming Supra. Above is our artist’s rendering of what we expect to see adapted from the original concept.

The newly re-registered Supra name will find itself attached to a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car that is likely powered by two drivetrains: a turbocharged I-4 in the base model and a 2.5-liter V-6 sporting hybrid technology that generates some 400 horsepower.

The reviving of the Supra represents Toyota’s return into the sports car category — a field it hasn’t played in since the Celica and MR2 last saw production in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

There is no official word on when (or technically if) the Supra will make its debut. Pricing is still undetermined, but expect it to fall just above the Scion FR-S ’s $25,000 base MSRP.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Toyota Supra.

Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra

At first glance during the Detroit Auto Show, we knew Toyota was up to something great with the FT-1 concept. The design screams "future icon" as its nose protrudes ever so gracefully from its front fascia. The FT-1, or Future Toyota, was said to be a design study of what the Toyota’s new, sporty look would take shape as. Now as reports grow ever more common, the car — now likely called the Supra — will most likely see production within the next year.

The powertrain will likely be a hybrid system consisting of a forced-induction V-6 with powerful battery packs and electric motors capable of kicking out roughly 400 horsepower. And with the new CAFE standards breathing down every automaker’s neck, its likely the new Supra will be lightweight and get decent gas mileage.

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