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.