Toyota Will Finally Show Off the 2020 Supra at the Detroit Auto Show
It’s official. After years of anticipation, Toyota has finally announced that the new 2020 Toyota Supra will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2019. Toyota says that that the auto industry’s “worst-kept secret” is finally out, and production of the new Supra will begin in the first half of 2019.
The New Toyota MR2 Could Arrive in 2021 and it Might be an All-Electric Sports Car
The original Toyota MR2 was a fantastic little Japanese sport compact, offering crisp mid-engine, RWD handling for a fraction of the cost of some European exotic. Unfortunately, Toyota axed the MR2 in 2007, and since then, enthusiasts have been left out in the cold. Now, however, it’s looking like the Mister Two might be heading for a resurgence, all thanks to EV tech.
If you’re one of the people waiting with baited breath for the new Toyota Supra to arrive so you can put one in your garage, I can almost bet more then half of you will be disappointed. And I’m referring to people that plan and will ACTUALLY buy one. And I say that because 98-percent of the time most cars are hated on loved online, it’s done so by people who have never owned and probably will never own previous iterations of said vehicles.
2019 Toyota Supra Confirmed for Detroit Debut
Toyota Supra fans, rejoice! The new Toyota Supra A90 will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2019. As one of the most expected cars in the past couple of years, the Toyota Supra has been under development for more than four years. Thanks to our thorough research and all the details we could pick up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and during the BMW Z4 unveil (on whose architecture the Supra is based), we know quite a bit about the car. The confirmation for the Toyota Supra unveiling in Detroit came from the Toyota Germany. It was actually announced at the official Facebook page.
The Toyota Yaris GR Sport Cruises into Paris with Updated Looks and Revised Hardware
The new Toyota Yaris GR Sport was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and it showed its finely built body, GRMN-tuned suspension and courageous face that looks for trouble. Limited edition Toyota Yaris GRMN was met with great enthusiasm from the car community, but that was just a highly limited car. The Yaris GR Sport isn’t. It also isn’t as special as the Yaris GRMN.
A Manual Transmission for the 2019 Toyota Supra Is a Possibility, But Not a Certainty
Toyota has not shut the door on the possibility of offering the 2019 Toyota Supra with a manual-transmission; it just needs to make sure that there’s market demand for one. The automaker’s assistant chief engineer on the Supra project, Masayuki Kai, made that clear in a conversation with Road and Track. According to Kai, a manual-transmission Supra will depend entirely on the market reaction to the car, specifically the standard version that’s equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
2019 Toyota Supra Engineers Haven’t Talked to BMW in Years; Manual Transmission is Still on the Table
Ever since people (every time I write the people I think of Bane) got to know that Toyota is developing an all-new Supra, the car community was abuzz with speculation, alleged rumors, and information about the new car. Then, we figured out that Toyota is actually developing its new Supra with the BMW. It was like a bomb went off in the world of cars. Now, all are interested to know just how deep this connection goes? While the information we have about both cars confirm that they will, truthfully, share, a lot, comments from the representatives of both companies suggest that BMW and Toyota went their separate ways after agreeing on the basic architecture.
In an interview with CNET, Supra Program Assistant Chief Engineer Masayuki Kai commented this:
“We agreed on the packaging. Like where is the hip-point of the driver, what’s the wheelbase, the width, where’s the fuel tank, where’s the A-pillar, this was around the middle of 2014 … After that, we completely separated our team. After that, no communication with each other.”
Will the Toyota Celica and MR2 Join the Supra and 86 in an Epic Sports Car Lineup?
After 16 years of absence from the sports car world, Toyota returned by reviving the Supra, and now the MR2 or the Celica may get a second lease of life. The Japanese manufacturer voiced interest, through the Supra’s key engineers, of reviving at least one of those two emblematic cars, but the road ahead is tough for that dream to materialize.
We’ve all waited 16 years for a new Supra to emerge and now, with the fifth-gen A90 closer than ever to production, there might be more in store for us from Toyota. Masayuki Kai, the Assistant Chief Engineer on the Supra project, said to Road & Track that "We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back,” but he was also adamant to point out that “what will come next depends on the market needs."
This is because, as Kai pointed out, creating a sports car is tedious in the year 2018 and highly expensive, pointing to the cooperation with BMW as the only way to bring the Supra back. The GT86 is also the product of a shared project, this time with Subaru. We can assume, as such, that another partner must be found to finance and co-develop an MR2 or Celica follow-up. Otherwise, we won’t see any new sports car from Toyota other than a new GT86 in conjunction with a new BRZ and the production version of the Le Mans-esque Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Prototype.
The Toyota Supra Was Almost Mid-Engined!!!
When you think about Supra, you imagine a car burning rubber on the tarmac, zooming past other fast cars in a bullying manner. Now, if I tell you that a tamed version of the Supra was considered, would you believe me? I heard you scream ‘Shut Up!!’; but, well, that’s the truth. A mid-engine layout was considered for the upcoming Toyota Supra, until Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda threw the idea out of the window. Even though he saved us from the horror, a mid-engine Supra is actually not a bad idea.
It’s Only Fitting That The BMW Z4 And The Toyota Supra Are Testing At The Nurburgring Together
The next-generation models of the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra have been joined at the hip ever since BMW and Toyota announced plans to build them together. It’s only fitting; then, that one week before the Z4 finally breaks cover at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we get our hands on a spy video of the Z4 and Supra prototypes testing at the Nurburgring together. Who knew that all the hype and pandemonium surrounding these two sports cars would all lead up to seeing them together in the tail end of their respective testing sessions?
If You Want a Pure, Unadulterated, Driver’s Car from Toyota, You Better Get In Line for the New Supra
The fifth-gen Toyota Supra will likely be the last gas-powered driver’s car from Toyota. In a recent interview with Toyota UK, Chief Engineer of the new Supra, Tetsuya Tada, said exactly that, pointing the finger at stricter emissions regulations and the constant push for autonomous cars as the reason. On the plus side, Tada did confirm that the new Supra is indeed rear-wheel drive and will carry an inline-six under its long bonnet. At least for now, anyway. That, in a way, leaves the door open for the potion for hybridization (assuming the chassis can support an electric motor and battery pack) and maybe even all-wheel drive.
2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition
The Toyota 86 is lovely little machine, offering the simple pleasure of a small, lightweight RWD coupe that’s still relatively affordable for the masses. We said as much in our Driving Impression review a few years back, and our opinion hasn’t changed - we’re still duly impressed by this car’s tossability and fun-loving attitude. Now, Toyota is offering a new limited-run TRD Special Edition, and it promises even sharper handling chops mated with an aggressive and unique aesthetic. And no - it doesn’t come with any extra power. So don’t ask.
Continue reading to learn more about Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition.
Toyota Will Bolster Supra Engine Lineup With a Four-Banger
Toyota finally revealed the hotly anticipated next-generation Supra over the weekend at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and although it was nice to see the thing in the metal and on the move, Toyota remained tight-lipped as far as technical details were concerned. Now, we’re getting a few new tasty tidbits on the revamped Japanese classic.
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I will be blunt - the public anticipation for the new Toyota Supra is overwhelming. I do not remember such a worldwide craze for a new car since the Tesla Model 3 debut a few years back. However, the Supra is decidedly different compared to the Model 3 - in its layout, in its character, and in its purpose. This is the second modern Toyota sports car (first being the GT86), and it builds on a massive legacy of its four predecessors. I cannot even grasp the risk Toyota took upon itself to make a car like this. The Japanese Automaker has some balls. With the first dynamic public debut at the hill climb of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Toyota Supra A90 showed a few quirks we did not know about before. Considering all the hype building up in advance, the debut itself was a bit underwhelming. Yet, an army of curious eyes and ears saw and heard things.
I am sharing with you five things we have learned from the Toyota Supra prototype at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Toyota Supra Interior Spied, Looks a Lot Like the BMW Z4
The Toyota Supra made its dynamic debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, but the fact that the company drove a camouflaged prototype on the Hillclimb course came as a disappointment. However, we at least got confirmation that there will be a six-cylinder engine under the hood. What’s more, we got a glimpse inside the cabin, and despite the camouflage, we did see some of the car’s design and features.
How Much BMW Will we See in the New Toyota Supra?
The brand-new Toyota Supra just made its first dynamic run at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. And even though Toyota showcased a camouflaged prototype instead of the production model, the excitement knob is already turned up to 11 and slowly moving toward 12. The coupe is still shrouded in mystery and what bugs me most is how much BMW it will have under the skin.
The Slightly Underwhelming Debut of the 2019 Toyota Supra at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The 2019 Toyota Supra has made some sort of a debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Toyota sent a camouflaged car to tackle the Hillclimb, definitely quenching our hopes of seeing the production version of the highly-anticipated fifth-generation car. Driven by Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada, and Test Driver, Herwig Daenens, the new Toyota Supra did not even tackle the course at its full speed. However, these drivers will drive it up the hill-climb a few more times during the weekend at the Goodwood Estate, so stay tuned.
With drivers waving from the car during the drive, Toyota sent a clear message that this first run definitely does not show the full potential of the new machine. Furthermore, Toyota confirmed that the new 2019 Supra will make a debut in 2018, which means we could be only a few months from the final showcasing of the production car. Maybe in Paris in October?
Watch the New Toyota Supra in Action at Goodwood (Video)
It finally happened: the new Toyota Supra finally made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. But there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the Supra was driven up the Goodwood hill and we can see it in action for a minute. The bad news is that the sports car is still camouflaged, which means that we might not see it in the metal just yet.
2019 Toyota Supra
If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car,” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun (and later Nissan), but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following. Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, the Supra is set to return. With Toyota having launched the the Supra Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and a prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the next-generation coupe turned from rumor to reality and an official debut is set to happen soon.
The new-generation Supra brings the nameplate back into the spotlight after nearly two decades. Unlike its predecessor, it wasn’t developed by Toyota alone, but with help from BMW, alongside the upcoming Z4. The two cars will share underpinnings and drivetrain, but the Supra will get a unique setup from Toyota and its motorsport arm, Gazoo Racing. The production Supra made its rolling debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the sports car is still hidden under camo. Still, the production model is just a few months, or even weeks, away from showing itself in the metal, and we gathered all the existing information in the speculative review below. Check it out and make sure you stay tuned for updates.
Update7-12-2018: The latest Supra prototype took a slow but steady run up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We’ve added the video to the top of our review below and included a handful of images from its maiden voyage.
The Toyota Supra Will Debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Toyota Celebrates 86 Years of Le Mans By Dressing Up Its GT86 Models
As an automaker that has a long and proud history racing at Le Mans, Toyota is celebrating the race’s 86th installment by dressing a trio of GT86 sports coupes in the colors of some of its most iconic LMP1 racers. In an intentional move, Toyota unveiled the three dressed up sports coupes, called the 86 Le Mans Heritage, on June 8, or the eighth day of the year’s sixth month: 8-6. The puns are heavy on these three special edition GT86 models.
You Might Have to Pay a Pretty Penny to Buy the Toyota Supra
A new rumor has surfaced suggesting that the Toyota Supra will be priced at $63,500 when it hits the market, whenever that’s going to be. While far from verified, the figure being thrown out is consistent with an earlier statement made by a Toyota representative, who hinted that the returning sports coupe would be “rather expensive.” At that price point, the Supra will be priced in the vicinity of the BMW M3 and the Porsche Cayman.