People are talking about a successor for the legendary Toyota Supra for quite some time now. That car has been up and down for so many times that we have lost count! And now, new rumors suggest that the car is back in the pipeline and that it could arrive in showrooms by late 2015 for less than $60,000.
The new model, unlikely to carry the Supra name, will take its design inspiration from the 2008 FT-HS concept and will be built on the chassis of the GRMN MRS prototype. It is believed it will adapt an all-wheel-drive system and will generate about 400 HP. This will be possible thanks to a 3.5 liter V6 engine driving the rear wheels combined with in-wheel electric motors for the front ones. The engine will be mated to a CVT lifted from the new Lexus RX, but tuned for higher performance.
The Supra was a sports car produced by Toyota from 1979 to 2002. Its demise was due to restrictive emission standards, and it went away quietly into the night. Or did it? Rumors have been suggesting that the Supra name would be making a comeback and the fact that Toyota has just renewed the "Supra" trademark registration that expired back in 2006, leads us to the one logical conclusion: we will soon be able to drive around in a Supra again.
This evidence may all be there, but no one should expect the Supra anytime soon as Toyota is still busy fiddling around with their version of the FT-86 . As if trying to outdo Subaru’s FT-86 wasn’t enough - Hey Toyota, good luck with that - Toyota is also planning on a new MR2 rumored to debut in 2013. So the Supra will be anything but chilling on the backburner until about 2015.
The last generation Supra was powered by a turbo engine with an output of 320 HP at 5600 rpm and 315 lbs-ft of torque, but don’t expect the same to happen with the next generation Supra.
UPDATE 12/05/2011: The return of the Supra name has been denied and confirmed by Toyota so many times, it’s equivalent to watching a tennis ball endlessly shooting over the net - back and forth, back and forth. Now, however, that game may finally be coming to a close. During the official debut of the GT 86 , Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, said there was room for a three-tier sports car line-up in the Toyota range, with one car sitting below the 86 and one above it: "Right now the 86 will be a mid-size sports car. I would like to have one smaller and one larger. One would probably be a Supra follower. Nothing has been decided yet. It would [be] like a Supra successor."
We’ll see how long this story rides before Toyota throws another game into the set.
UPDATE 12/13/2011: MotorTrend has offered new details on the new generation Supra set to be released in 2015. It seems that the car is being tested with a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid system generating over 400 hp. It has also been rumored that the car will feature a design close to the FT-HS concept revealed at the 2007 Detroit show.
UPDATE 07/03/2012: A few days ago BMW and Toyota signed an agreement for co-developing a new sports car. And now, Automotive News is reporting that the next generation Toyota Supra could be built using the BMW 6-series architecture: "Anything is possible. The key factor is that the products of both companies retain their own individual character, despite jointly developed technologies."
Toyota has been teasing us with the idea of offering a new Supra sports car for quite some time. First it was rumored that we would all see a new model in 2008 , but that didn’t happen. Now, the rumor is back with a debut scheduled for sometime in 2015 , after Toyota finally offers up the production version of the FT-86 for our greedy consumption.
Being since this is just a rumor, not much is known about the next Supra. Originally, people thought the Supra would be offered with two engine choices: a 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 450 HP and 383 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 350 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque. Now people are claiming that the future model will actually be a hybrid sports car powered by a V6 engine with an electric motor for a total output of 400 HP and a top speed of more than 170 mph.
We’ll know more about the next Toyota Supra in due time, but for now, a fan of the model decided to render it to give people an idea of what it could look like. His concept car combines the essence of the Supra with design elements from the recently launched FT-86 sports car. The result is something we would really like to see put into production.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Now that the clock has finally run out and just hours away from the first showing of Fast Five - the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise - we felt like it’s the right time to give proper respect to the characters that have made this movie franchise as fun as it has been since the first movie came out in 2001.
And if you think that we’re talking about resident leading men, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, guess again. This list has very little to do with them, or their other co-stars for that matter, but more so about what they were driving during the first four movies. Yes, dear friends. This is a list to honor the Top 10 cars of the Fast and Furious franchise!
Do take note that we compiled this list based on our opinions so if you have any sort of reaction on the cars we chose and the number we gave them, you have the floor in the comments section to let us hear about it.
The Texas Mile Event has come to an end and this year was another one for the record books. We saw the return of some familiar faces and many newcomers to the runway race-track. As you may recall, the entire point of this event is to see how fast your car can go. That may sound simple, but the idea behind much of racing is to beat your competition around a circuit type track. Simply having the fastest car in a straight line race is more closely related to drag racing where such vehicles as Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters hit 200mph in a ¼ mile.
In a place where everything is bigger - Texas, that is - several fans of speed have put together an event on a much longer straight than a ¼ mile. Anyone in a normal car is able to reach their terminal velocity at this event and that is what makes your adrenaline pump. In all honesty, most people don’t hit more than 100mph in their car at any point in time. Number one, it’s illegal and number two, there is usually not enough room to get up to speed and sustain it for any period of time.
This year’s event gave those speed junkies a chance to let their powerful automobiles and motorcycles reach their maximum speed. The highest speed this year was set by a motorcycle doing 278.6mph. To take a full look at the race results continue reading below.
Hit the jump for more details on the Texas Mile Event Recap.
Japanese tuning firm, Veilside, is no stranger to building new auto projects using their Japanese counterparts as their base model. This time around, the aftermarket company headed over to the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon to present their latest masterpiece, the 4509 GTR Supra .
Based on the fourth generation Toyota Supra that dominated the streets of the world back in the 90’s, the 4509 GTR certainly looks noting like its predecessor. The credit, for better or worse, certainly goes to Veilside for the sick as a high fever styling upgrades.
Though its not a completely original piece of work – we found a few traces on the car that makes it resemble a few of its European contemporaries – Veilside’s work on the Supra is nothing short of detail-oriented. And on top of the aesthetic improvements, Veilside also gave quite a performance package to boost up the monster under its hood. In the world of aftermarket lore, that’s about as good as you can get for a mid 90’s Toyota Supra, proving that no cars are too old for a quality modification.
Details on the Toyota Supra 4509 GTR by Veilside after the jump.
Who knew that the Supra nameplate was on the market? Toyota let its hold on theSupra name go after the car was discontinued, but the Japanese automaker recently applied to get the name back. Although Toyota hasn’t made any formal announcement, we have to think that this move means that the name might be used on the new FT-86 sports car.
The trademark was lost back in 2006, as the company never renewed the deal to hold onto the name. According to Car and Driver, Toyota filled out an application to take back the Supra name on July 16.
The automotive magazine had a chance to talk to Toyota about the situation and Communications VP Mike Michels said that company only got the name back to preserve ownership of the name. This isn’t uncommon, as automakers hold onto nameplates for years after the car was discontinued. That being said, Toyota chose to do this at a very interesting time.
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.
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.
We promise not to make any Toyota jokes with this new video because, ironically enough, this is one of those times where its increased acceleration becomes a great thing.
This Toyota Supra, which was built by Boost Logic and fully tuned by Tuning Concepts, ran at such staggering speeds at the recently-concluded TX2K10 National Supra Meet we still couldn’t believe that it blasted off in speeds that even a Nissan GT-R and a Corvette ZR1 couldn’t match.
The Supra registered a quarter-mile run in just 7.59 seconds at a recorded speed of 190 mph. For comparisons sake, GT-R posted a same-distance time of 11.6 seconds at over 120 mph while the ZR1 clocks in at 11.3 seconds at 131 mph. That’s a difference of about four seconds in time, which, in the fast paced world of sports car tuning, is an astoundingly huge margin.
For all the times that we’ve made jokes at Toyota’s expense regarding the current crisis they’re in these days, it’s refreshing to see a Toyota put its acceleration to good use.