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2020 Toyota Supra GR

2020 Toyota Supra GR

Is the souped-up Supra testing at the Nürburgring now?

There are images aplenty of the new Supra, but these days, Toyota’s been testing a race-prepped version of their new sports car at the Nordschleife which we think might be the mule for the upcoming sportier Supra.

With this occasion, we got a chance to get a little closer to the Supra, and we like what we see. For example, we got an eyeful of the interior, with the center stack lacking any sort of camouflage with the big infotainment screen on top of the central attraction. It all seems to be, apart from the racing wheel, pretty much stock, so there’s not much guesswork left to do about how the interior will look, given that some renderings of the interior and exterior were also leaked this week.

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The New BMW Z4 (and Probably the Toyota Supra) Will Debut This Summer!

The New BMW Z4 (and Probably the Toyota Supra) Will Debut This Summer!

We’ll have to wait a few more months for the new Z4 to arrive

The new BMW Z4 is going to make its debut sometime in the summer of this year, quelling the uproar over the roadster’s surprising absence at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The word for months had the Z4 penned to make its debut in Geneva, but the show arrived with no signs of the roadster. Now we know why. The German automaker didn’t say when the car will have it’s world debut, opting only to say that it’s going to have a “dedicated event” before it heads to the Paris Motor Show in October.

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2018 Toyota Prius TRD

2018 Toyota Prius TRD

Haters gonna hate

We here at TopSpeed don’t shy away from exploring the weirder and wilder side of performance vehicles. In fact, we relish in it. Any chance we come across to break away from convention and blow your mind is worth it, especially if it gets the unruly mobs up in arms. And that’s exactly the sort of reaction we’re expecting with this – a performance-oriented Toyota Prius TRD. Here’s the formula – ditch the eco tires, slap on some real rubber, boost the engine, stiffen the suspension, add the proper cabin gear, and voila – the perfect solution to a dearth of jimmy rustlin’.

But here’s the thing – we’re actually totally serious. This isn’t some April Fool’s joke. We legitimately think there’s a real case to made for a performance Prius. Don’t believe us? Then read on. We dare you.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Prius TRD.

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Will the Toyota Corolla be a Subject of Interspecies Breeding?

Will the Toyota Corolla be a Subject of Interspecies Breeding?

It could be big news for the compact sedan!

Toyota’s partnership with BMW is widely known, as we all bite our nails and impatiently wait to see the next Supra in production form. But, what’s more important here is that the new Supra is being built in partnership with BMW and could find itself powered by one of BMW’s four- or six-cylinder gasoline engines. So, what the hell does that have to do with the Toyota Corolla? Well, it might have a whole lot to do with it as recent rumors have indicated that the partnership between BMW and Toyota could expand even further to bring some Bimmer DNA into the Corolla’s genetic profile.

For now, we know that the next-generation Corolla is going to be built upon Toyota’s new global architecture known as TNGA, but we don’t know much more about it. It’s been assumed that Toyota’s turbocharged 1.2-liter, the 1.5-liter (hybrid and non), and the 1.8-liter would carry over with updates to decrease emissions and improve performance. The new architecture will also make the car lighter and could lead to it adopting a longer wheelbase. These recent rumors about BMW and Toyota, however, point to the possibility that the higher trim levels, or at least the range-topping model, could find itself powered by a BMW engine.

The biggest questions right now is whether or not there is any truth to the rumors, and if so, what BMW engines will be available in the next-gen Corolla? Some are saying that Bimmer’s turbocharged 2.0-liter is the ideal candidate, but considering the Corolla is expected to grow a bit, it could very well be offered with the 3.0-liter inline-six found in the current BMW 340i Sedan if the conditions are right. As far as the 2.0-liter goes, that engine could be offered in the Corolla with anywhere between 180 horsepower and 248 horsepower. If the 3.0-liter does show itself as an available option for the next-gen sedan, it could offer up to 320 ponies, but the Corolla would also have to be offered as rear-wheel drive, so it’s quite a reach.

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Is Toyota Working on an FJ-Inspired Concept Called the FT-4X?

Is Toyota Working on an FJ-Inspired Concept Called the FT-4X?

Could Toyota bring back the iconic FJ?

The U.S. Trademark and Patent Office often reveals automakers’ plans years in advance. That’s what we’re hoping is happening with Toyota’s recent filing. On October 10, 2016, Toyota filed to trademark the name “Toyota FT-4X.” Toyota has been using the “FT,” for Future Toyota, nomenclature to name its concepts for a few years now. Combine that with the “4X” name, and we’re anticipating a 4WD SUV that could fill the retired FJ-Cruiser’s shoes.

First discovered by Autoguide, the trademark filing is a promising bit of news. Toyota has built all previous “FT” concepts, including the FT-86 that became the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, as well as the FT-1, believed to be the upcoming Toyota Supra sports car.

The idea of a FJ-Cruiser-style SUV makes sense. SUVs and crossover sales are on fire these days and other automakers are investing big money into the segments. Ford, for example, is set to revive the Bronco name. Jeep is giving the Wrangler a full make-over for the 2018 model year, and GMC has been rumored to be working on a hard-core Wrangler competitor.

Toyota knows how to build SUVs and off-roaders. The current 4Runner is a great example. Its body-on-frame design is coupled with its solid rear axle and loads of available off-road tech. The TRD Pro model turns the dial to 11, offering high-performance shock absorbers, meaty tires, increased ground clearance, underbody skid plating, and Toyota’s CRAWL Control system. The Tacoma TRD Pro also features many of the same technologies.

Currently the 4Runner is Toyota’s only off-road biased SUV and is one of the industries last-surviving traditionalists. While Toyota’s plans are completely unknown, we’re hoping the 4Runner will live on while being supplemented by this new FT-4X vehicle. We’ll keep you posted as information becomes available.

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The New Toyota Supra Could Be Electrified

The New Toyota Supra Could Be Electrified

Toyota may call upon its Le Mans experience for an upcoming sports car

Look, I get it – you want a new Toyota Supra. I want a new Toyota Supra. The whole performance world wants a new Toyota Supra. Well, I’ve got good news – it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to get it, as a pre-production mule was spotted last month doing some street testing in a full camo exterior. Now, to really whet your appetite, we’re bringing you a few tantalizing hints as to what’ll be used under the hood. Reading between the lines of a few recent comments made by a high-ranking Toyota rep, it’s looking more than likely that the new Supra will use a hybrid drivetrain.

That’s the news coming from the U.K. publication Auto Express, which recently spoke with Toyota Europe president and CEO Johan van Zyl about the possibility of using hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology for an entry in the sports car segment. His response: “I would imagine that in the future that will definitely happen.”

He continued, “We already have some sporting models with hybrid powertrains on the Lexus side. But on the Toyota side, I think we will find that if we can have a World Endurance Championship racing car with hybrid technology, it can happen on a road car,” adding, “I do not have any doubt whatsoever that in the longer-term future there will be a real Toyota sports model using electrification.”

Le Mans-inspired performance paired with the legendary Supra nameplate? Yes, please.

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Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

This could be a BIG deal for Supra fans everywhere

The rumor mill is churning over at Toyota with reports that the Japanese automaker is finally building a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, codenamed 943F, that it plans to use on the fifth-generation Lexus GS. The model is scheduled to make its debut in late 2017 or early 2018 and will be marketed as a 2019 model. But, according to Japanese media outlet Mag-X, the big takeaway from the fifth-gen GS is the turbocharged V-6, the first production V-6 that Toyota will build in its long and illustrious history.

While there hasn’t been any confirmation coming from either Toyota or Lexus, there is an argument to be made for Lexus to get a turbo V-6, none more so than the increased importance being placed by automakers in downsizing their engines as a way of addressing the increasingly stringent emissions regulations. For its part, Lexus also needs a forced induction V-6 because a lot of its competitors already utilize a similar engine in some form or capacity. It may be time for Toyota’s premium brand to join the fray in that regard and expand its V-6 offerings past the turbocharged inline-sixes that it has used in the past.

If Toyota does take this step, don’t sleep on the possibility of another model eventually using the same engine. Again, this is all speculation but if Toyota wants to maximize the seemingly limitless potential of the returning Supra sports car, having a turbocharged V-6 as an engine option is a great way to do it. At the very least, it would be able to make a big statement in differentiating the sports car with the Toyota GT 86, which currently uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s been one of Toyota’s goals anyway so it only makes sense for the company to give the Supra the same turbo V-6 that it is reportedly developing for the Lexus GS.

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Toyota Teases Tacoma TRD Pro Before 2016 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota Teases Tacoma TRD Pro Before 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The Taco Supreme Rides Again!

Today Toyota has teased the industry with a single photo, zoomed way in with few overall details. Thankfully, however, the photo reveals just enough information that we know what’s going on. This is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

You’ll notice the large, block TOYOTA logo in the honeycomb grille. That’s a signature trademark for TRD Pro models. Only the Tundra, 4Runner, and previous-generation Tacoma TRD Pro models have such an emblem. Next you’ll see the hood scoop. This is undoubtedly the scoop from the new Tacoma, introduced for the 2016 model year. Compared side-by-side with the 2016 Tacoma Sport, the hood scoop are identical, securing the Tacoma TRD Pro’s identity. Let’s just hope the TRD Pro’s hood scoop is actually functional.

Beyond the grille and hood scoop, the paint color is the only other telling feature. It looks to be Silver Sky Metallic hue currently offered on the 2016 Tacoma. Toyota will likely restrict the TRD Pro’s color choices to two or three. Expect white, black, and perhaps the now-iconic Inferno orange.

We fully expect the 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission to be only powertrain choice for the Tacoma TRD Pro. That’s in combination with the electronic, two-speed transfer case for the 4WD system. Expect Toyota’s Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select, and electronically locking rear differential to be present. Of course, the TRD Pro will come with upgrades wheels, tires, and suspension components, making it a hard-core desert runner. Extra skid plates and exposed tow hooks help protect the undercarriage while providing an extra level of utility.

Toyota’s slot at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is at 1:30 p.m. central time on Thursday, February 11. You can watch the live unveiling by following the link below.

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2018 Toyota Prius SUV

2018 Toyota Prius SUV

With the next-gen 2016 Toyota Prius expected to debut later this year, a recent report suggests that Toyota will continue to expand the lineup of dedicated hybrid vehicles with an all-new Prius SUV. Currently, the Prius lineup includes the Prius Liftback, Prius Plug-In, Prius c and Prius v, but a joint venture with Mazda – the same one that spawned the 2016 Scion iA – could help create yet another hybrid model with unparalleled fuel economy for Toyota. Differentiated from the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Prius SUV would only be offered as a hybrid, and if produced, it could possibly be based on the two-door 2016 Toyota C-HR Concept crossover unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The obvious advantage of a crossover- or SUV-based Prius is that attention to aerodynamics could be pushed back a little in favor of a traditional tall ride height, added versatility and more attention on creating a stylish vehicle. After looking at the C-HR Concept, we envisioned what a production version of the hybrid crossover would look like to come up with the rendering you see here. Toyota has yet to officially confirm any plans for a Prius SUV, but it doesn’t take much imagination to see that such a vehicle would be an exciting addition to the existing lineup of Prius hatchbacks.

Continue reading my speculative review of the Toyota Prius SUV.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 027 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 027 LIVE

Well that was a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was filled with lots of Miata talk so if you are a big fan of fun to drive roadsters, this may be your favorite. If you aren’t a fan of the new 4-th generation Miata, no worries. We have lots of cool stuff for you too.

We start the show with a look in our driveways for the Weekly Wheels. Mark talks about the very large Lexus GX460 and I spend some time talking about towing a horse trailer with the 2014 Toyota Tundra. Oh, you also get the chance to see a cool new Lego Mini Cooper.

For main news stories we talk about the recent sighting of the new Audi TTaround the Nurburgring, a pretty blue Dodge Viper, the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport announcement and we finish things with the upcoming Kia Optima we just spied in camo.

If you did come for the Miata, well then we have lots for you. We cover all the information we know about the machine from overall size to wheel and tire dimensions. We discuss the design, potential drivetrains, what the weight savings really means and more. We also talk about some of the fun stuff that Keith Tanner from Flyin’ Miata was able to glean from a talk with one of the chassis engineers.

After the Miata madness and the news, we move as always to the Q/A portion of the show. We spend some time discussing winter tires, why you need them, and what you should look for when buying. We also take a few minutes to answer a question about the most recognizable cars in the world.

We wrap things with an Own, Drive, Burn that sees us trying to pick the lesser of three evils; it’s a trio of family-hauling crossovers.

As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who listens and watches, with an extra special little thanks to our live viewers. We hope you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone next week.

Don’t forget to leave us questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for later eipsodes!

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The Next Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 will Share Platforms, May Arrive in 2017

The Next Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 will Share Platforms, May Arrive in 2017

The news about Toyota and BMW building cars together isn’t new, as the two companies finalized the partnership in January of 2013, but thanks to the Nikkei Asian Review, we’ve got some rumors as to what the two companies have been working on. Those plans revolve around the next-generation BMW Z4 and a revival of the famed Toyota Supra.

The Nikkei reports the two cars will share the same platform, manufacturing processes, and parts procurements. The two sports cars, however, won’t be sharing the same body style and will be sold under their respective brands. What’s more, these two cars could debut as early as 2017.

The report speculates whether Toyota would be able to adopt the same carbon-fiber-extensive construction style BMW has recently adopted, citing cost as the limiting factor. However, with the falling cost of carbon fiber and its exploding popularity, the material might be within Toyota’s reach. This is especially true for such a specialized sports car as the Supra.

The Nikkei report lacks further juicy details about the partnership or its planed products, but news seems rather certain. The 2017 date is still tentative, but the possibility still remains.

As far as powertrains, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will be found under hood. Perhaps BMW will provide a TwinPower, inline six-cylinder or maybe each automaker will supply its own powerplants. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, with BMW and Toyota partnered together, the future looks bright with the addition of two exciting sports cars.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Supra and the current Z4

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2016 Toyota Supra Convertible

2016 Toyota Supra Convertible

When Toyota launched its FT-1 concept, the entire industry stood up and took notice of this new sports car. After further investigation, nearly all of us media folk drew a direct line between the new concept and the eventual return of the legendary Supra. We took the initiative to create a rendering of an FT-1-based Supra back in February, and what good is a new supra without the removable targa top that the model was known for having? So we are now adding a rendering of the convertible Supra to our repertoire today.

Once we created the coupe version of the our Supra rendering, the convertible version was pretty simple. All we needed to do was eliminate the center section of the roof, flatten out the rear section of the roof and add a frame just above the windshield. We also had to take some time to add in some seats to give it a more realistic look.

Just like with the coupe version of the Supra, converting the convertible model required revising the nose to lose that wild, F1-like nose, add more traditional headlights, smoothen out some of the air intakes and add on a more Supra-like rear spoiler.

I suspect that the convertible version will arrive about a year after the Supra coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Supra Convertible.

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2010 Toyota Avensis

2010 Toyota Avensis

Toyota will launch the third generation Avensis at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and sales will begin later that year. The 2010 Avensis will be offered in two different body versions: sedan - to be launched first - and station wagon - that will be launched six months after the sedan version. Both version have been already caught testing by the spy photographers.

Although, since the launch of the second generation in 2003, the Avensis won the European Car of the Year award in 2004 and sales were up to 156,000 units, people say Avensis has a wiping design, with no dynamism. But the third generation Avensis will change this aspect. The 2010 model will feature a more dynamic and ascending side line, big head lights curved along the corners and a new grille.

There will also be a panoramic roof in the wagon, basicly a 4-foot glass panel instead of a metal roof. It is rumoured that there will be a Toyota Auris inspired raised gear stick in the Avensis too.

The technical part has never been a problem for Avensis, so Toyota will keep the current engines line-up: both petrol and diesel a, but will also offer a hybrid version starting 2010. As an options, the company will also offer a FWD version.

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