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Toyota to launch new Supra and MR2


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Toyota must have realized that their cars were pretty boring, so the Japanese company is set to release a few hybrid sports cars. There will be two coming with names that should sound pretty familiar to car lovers. The first will be the MR2 and the second will be the fabulous Supra.

The MR2 should be here around 2013 and it will feature a hybrid 1.5-liter petrol engine. The car was originally going to get a V6 hybrid, but after the strong sales of the Honda CR-Z , Toyota has decided a four pot was the better option.

The Supra was thought to be dead, but the strong sales of hybrid cars have brought it back again. The new Supra will be powered by a V6 hybrid motor, similar to the FT-HS concept on which the car is based. Of course this is not exactly a new piece of news considering we caught wind of this vision back in 2008 , but now it seems that the vision has progressed to a full blown project in the new Supra.

Hit the jump for the full story including what may be interesting competition for the MR2 and Supra.

Source: Autocar

These models come in the wake of the FT-86 delay, which is now scheduled for 2013 as well.

Toyota’s hybrid sports cars will face some serious competition, as Honda, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are planning hybrid sports cars of their own.

Nissan’s sports hybrid will use the Leaf for key mechanical and design elements. The car will also use a few cues from the Landglider, but it probably won’t be able to lean into corners. The car is due to launch in 2014.

Mitsubishi is working on a two-door sports version of the i-MiEV, which is due to launch in 2012. The company is also planning a hybrid version of the Evo .

The only Japanese company that hasn’t joined the pack is Mazda . The new MX-5 is set to launch in 2012, but it will most likely get a four-cylinder motor or the new SkyG engine.




34 comments:

Pretty cool! Aside from supra there will also be a MR2. It seems a double up and I think Toyota are having some plan, well am not sure if this will be going to be effective, perhaps I guess this will be a suicide.

I’ll believe it when I see it. These cars are a million miles away from where Toyota want to be right now, and even the much fancied FT 86 will be delayed. All of these prototypes are the plaything of Mr Toyoda who is a petrol head who seems a bit frustrated and has an army of engineers at his disposal to build him whatever he likes. I hope they come because Toyota have a credible history of making good, fun and reliable sporty cars, and we did take to them.

I would settle for a turbocharged 500 hp stock unit, that could be chipped. The strenct of the Supra was not so much it’s stock output, althoug 330 hp was no small number in those days, but it’s ability to withstand higher poweroutputs. 500 would be less than the LFA’s 560.

The GT-Four would make a better competitor for the GT-R than a Supra because the GT-R doesn’t hold as elite of a place in the market as the Skyline did. The R34 Skyline was the second fastest track car in the world when new, and if it hadn’t been for the Supra’s fabulous 6spd Getrag transmission, the Skyline may well have been the fastest. The GT-R of today, however, doesn’t come that close to any record. The Supra/Skyline were elite supercars; the GT-R is not so much a supercar as a high-end sports car, as was the Celica GT-Four. And just because the Celica GT-Four had a 4-cylinder doesn’t mean a reborn version wouldn’t make a great GT-R competitor; that’s like saying the Gallardo and 458 Italia aren’t competitors because one has a V10 and the other a V8.

The MKIV Supra is the greatest all-around performance machine ever built, and unless the new model will be the world’s fastest track car as it once was, it shouldn’t be released. I’m all for building a Supra that’s faster than the LFA, but I just don’t see it happening. If Toyota were to release a new MKV Supra, its toughest competition would be the achievements of the MKIV.

The Nissan GT-R is a successor or rather an evulution of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, that popularely is compared to the MK4 Supra. As such, you could argue, that a revived Supra would be compared to the GT-R. Ok, so the GT-R has AWD. The Supra had RWD. The Celica GT4 had AWD, but it never had a 6 cylinder engine, like the Supra/Skyline/GT-R. The 2000GT got part of it’s name from the size of it’s 2000 ccm engine. If it was to compete with the GT-R today, it would have to be called the something else like 3500GT if given the 2GR-FSTE(hypotethical twinturbo version of the 2GR-FSE)

If Toyota was to release an affordable Supra that was faster than the LFA, that would be awesome... I just don’t see that happening, and seeing as the MKIV was the fastest track car in the world and in my opinion the greatest sports car ever built, a vehicle that was anything less would be unworthy of the Supra name.

Unless Toyota is willing to produce a cheaper car that is faster than their own LFA, they need to discontinue the LFA before making another Supra. If they want a GT car, bring back the 2000GT. If they want a GT-R competitor, bring back the Celica GT-Four. If they want a world-beater faster than their own LFA, then bring back the Supra.

Sure, the MK4 was fast, but it was just as much a muscle car as a Ferrari competing super car. Japanese muscle car if you prefer, since american muscle cars normally have a V8. And like the Corvette, it was affortable for us normal people. The LFA, that you see as it’s successor is not. Neither is anything in the Ferrari lineup, that you compare the MK4 with. At least i don’t see the LFA as a muscle car, nor as the fastest of the supercars. I see it as the perfect harmonic supercar, where everything works together to lift it up to a higher unit. It’s fast, yet not extreme, but harmonic and technically advanced. As such, i don’t see why it absolutely has to be the fastest in the Toyota/Lexus lineup. It’s objective is to be the most advanced, not necessarily the fastest.

Calling the GT-R a competitor is a disgrace to the Supra name in that the GT-R is not the world’s fastest car; the MKIV Supra was, as is the LFA now (by "world’s fastest car" I mean in terms of Nurburgring times). The Supra never competed with the Corvette... while comparisons between it and the ZR1 were numerous due the price similarity, the lap times were never even close. The MKIV Supra was a Ferrari/Porsche/McLaren killer, and launching it to compete with the Vette would destroy all that the MKIV Supra stood for in the automotive world.

Turbocharging the IS-F’s V8 as you suggested would result in power competitive with the LFA’s. While I agree with you that a hybrid powertrain would be utterly unfitting for a Supra, I can’t say the same for a 100% electric vehicle. There are only two ways that Toyota could release a new Supra alongside the LFA while retaining the Supra’s legendary reputation—either make it faster than the LFA, which isn’t going to happen, or make the Supra the world’s fastest electric car. Like it or not, electric automobiles are the way of the future. Seeing as the Supra was one of the most technologically advanced cars of the ’90s both mechanically and cosmetically, an electric powertrain with a lightweight, flingable chassis to make the world’s fastest gas-free car would be the only option for a new Supra that could remain in keeping with the world-beating speed and forward-thinking technology that made the MKIV Supra so iconic.

I don’t remember seeing anywhere that anyone at Toyota said that. 2 years ago they said when asked about the MK5 Supra that there was no plan for any 2 doors sport coupe. That is not the same as to say that there never will be made plans in that direction. Remember that they got a new management. Akio Toyoda is a known sportcar entusiast. The LFA will be competing with Ferrari and Porche. A new Supra could be competing with the Corvette. Put the V8 from Lexus IS-F in it, with twinturbos.
Regarding the GT-R, it’s a great car. If anything is a discrase to the Supra name, it’s the word hybrid.

Yes, Toyota has stated that there will never be another Supra. And launching a Supra as a GT-R competitor would be a disgrace to the Supra name; the TRD Supra MKIV was the Nurburgring record holder for a production car in its day (7:39), and the LFA is the current fastest Nurburgring car. The Supra held the all-time records for skidpad, slalom and Nurburgring from 1994 to 2002, and the only way that Toyota could achieve that again is by competing with their own LFA. As I said, the Supra is dead; the LFA has taken its place.

If Toyota wants a GT-R competitor, they should build a twin-turbo V6 version of the FT-86 and call it the Celica GT-Four.

Nobody at Toyota ever said, that the Supra would never be reborn. They just said, that there were no plans for it at the present. The LFA is a multi millionairs car. The Supra is actually affortable for normal car entusiasts. The LFA is not ment to make money, it is ment to be a halo car. There will only be 500 made, so even with it’s skyhigh prices, it is not going to make TMC richer. I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually loose money on it. The Supra was and hopefully will be made in larger numbers.
I’m only disappointed if it only comes as a hybrid. I was hoping for some kind of evulotion of the old Supra or a competitor to the Nissan GT-R with a twinturbo V6, or even better a twinturbo V8 that could compete with Chevy Corvette.

toyota has already declared that they will never made another supra model.

you have a point uncia.. and i agree with you on that.. releasing the LFA and supra at the same time will just also confuse the buyer.

THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE A NEW SUPRA. PERIOD. Toyota has stated that the LFA won’t be discontinued any time soon and that the Supra and the LFA can not coexist; the Supra was the fastest Nurburgring car in its day as is the LFA, and releasing both would simply be self-competition. If they tune down the Supra’s power as to prevent this, the result will be an automobile unworthy of the Supra badge. The Supra is dead; the LFA has taken its place.

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