The Toyota Supra Will Not be Cheap, Will Not be Hybrid, and Will Feature Different Chassis Tuning Than the BMW Z4
We know that the Toyota Supra is coming back. We also know it’s going to be awesome. What we don’t know is pretty much everything else about it. Fortunately, the Supra is about ready to make its debut, and with it comes the expectation of finally seeing the car and knowing everything there is to know about it. For now, we can pre-occupy ourselves with a juicy little tidbit about the new Supra that was revealed by a high-ranking Toyota exec to a Dutch auto magazine. In case you’re still hoping that Toyota gives it an affordable price tag, you can let those hopes go because the Supra isn’t going to be cheap.
Toyota Might Take on the Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI with Corolla GR Hatchback
Toyota made a surprising move last year by launching the Yaris GRMN as a competitor for the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST. The hot hatchback was introduced shortly after Toyota launched the GR performance range in Japan, which includes a three-tier system with the entry-level GR Sport, the mid-range GR, and the flagship GRMN. A couple of models are already available in Japan, while the upcoming Supra will get all three versions at some point. Now word has it that Toyota is also pondering a high-performance version of the Corolla hatchback (Auris in Europe.)
Word Has it That Subaru and Toyota Are Working on the Next BRZ-86 Duo
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ still have life in them. Ok, so technically, both models are still around. But, there have been questions surrounding their future, specifically as it relates to the second-generation version of each sports car. There’s still no confirmation from either Toyota or Subaru about their plans, but a new report reveals that both brands have already begun developing successors to the 86 and BRZ, respectively. More importantly, they’re doing it together again.
The Toyota Supra Will Probably Have More Power Than We Thought, but Toyota Still Says No to a Manual Transmission
We’ve heard rumors about the Supra Non-Stop and leaked documents have shown us that the BMW Z4 will make as much as 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. As such, the whole world has assumed that the Toyota Supra would use the same 3.0-liter inline-six and deliver similar figures. Even more so, the Z4 is slated to be offered with the option of a manual transmission, leaving hope to the dream that we’ll have that three-pedal goodness in the Supra too. All that information can be laid to rest, though, as Tetsuya Tada, Head of the MKV Supra Program, has said that the Supra is being developed with a dual-clutch transmission only. And, that has to do with it being so powerful and because it’s designed to be a race car, even in consumer form.
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 FT-1 concept in 2014, with sporty prototypes spotted on the road since 2016, and a Supra racing concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the next-generation coupe turned from rumor to reality and an official debut is expected to happen by the end of the year.
The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987, with the introduction of the first turbocharged model, that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well. It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late 1990s.
But we heard nothing but rumors until September 2016, when the first prototypes hit public roads. The camouflaged cars offered strong hints that Toyota is using a familiar design with some FT-1 cues. We also got more and more reports that the new Supra will share underpinnings and engines with the next-generation BMW Z4, as part of a collaboration between the two companies. But information remained slim until recently, when a couple of leaks brought more data into the spotlight. With the GR Supra Racing concept having already debuted in Geneva, the production model is just a few months 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.
Updated 04/11/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Toyota Supra testing on Nurburgring.
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Donut Media Gives The Lowdown On The Toyota Supra
Hey! Did you hear? Toyota is bringing back the Supra, officially giving fanboys all over the world a reason to cry tears of joy, as opposed to the tears of frustration we’re so used to (I’m looking at you, turbo BRZ fans). Indeed, it’s been a long time coming for this iconic import sports car - 16 years and counting to be exact, as the final Mk. IV A80 officially bit the dust back in 2002. To get you in the mood, we’re featuring this “Everything You Need To Know” video courtesy of Donut Media, which offers a complete rundown on the Supra and why it’s considered one of the greatest Japanese performance machines of all time.
Over the course of the 7-minute, 40-second vid, we get a full briefing on the history of the nameplate, leading up to the latest rumors for the new model. We also get a look at the legendary 2JZ turbo engine that helped catapult the Supra to superstardom.
Give it a watch and let us know what you think - on a scale from 1 to MOAR BOOST how excited are you for the return of the Supra?
The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 Will Supposedly Be Completely Different Animals
The upcoming Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 may share historical roots on how they were born, but both models are going to bring two completely different elements to the table. From a physical standpoint, the difference between the new Supra and new Z4 are obvious. One is going to be offered as a coupe while the other will arrive as a roadster. Beyond that, Toyota claims that the Supra will be the sportier of the two, right down to its driving experience.
When the Engineer Behind the Supra Apologizes for Taking So Long, We Know It’ll be Worth the Wait
The Toyota Supra’s launch is taking longer than usual. It’s hard to find someone to blame for all the delay, but Toyota’s Tetsuya Tada, the man behind the Toyota 86 sports coupe and Supra, is stepping up to the plate. The renowned chief engineer is taking responsibility for the Supra’s delay, admitting that the sports car had to be done the “right way” if it was going to live up to the legacy of its predecessors.
Chief Engineer of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Says No Turbo for You - Not in this Generation, Buddy
It’s been over five years since the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ hit the market, and if you’re still hoping to see turbocharged versions of each sports car anytime soon, you have a better chance of seeing Ferrari build a four-cylinder hatchback. It’s not happening. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever — at least not in this generation, anyway.
The New BMW Z4 (and Probably the Toyota Supra) Will Debut This Summer!
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.
The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are Expected to Debut at the Geneva Motor show
In keeping with its reputation as the biggest auto show in the world, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show will play host to a good amount of concepts and world debuts. There are two cars, though, that have the potential to steal the show. It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally going to see the new BMW Z4 and the returning Toyota Supra in the metal. All the sleepless nights spent waiting for these two sports cars to arrive will now end. It’s happening, folks. It really is. Barring unexpected developments, the Z4 and the Supra are both headed to Geneva.
Buckle Up Folks: The New Toyota Supra Is Coming to Geneva, And It’s Hot!
It’s been just a few days since a forum leak gave us new information about the upcoming Toyota Supra, and the Japanese firm released the first official teaser picture of the car. And although it doesn’t unveil too many details, the photo suggests that the next-gen Supra will be a hot coupe. Also, it turns out that the recent spy shots are pretty accurate, as the vehicle features a double bubble roof, a sloping rear window, a swept-up trunk lid, and a massive wing an top. And just look at those rear haunches. Now that’s one sexy coupe!
Leaked Toyota Supra Specs Give us Hope That it’ll Debut Soon
Would you believe that it’s been over five years since BMW and Toyota announced that they were working on a joint sports car development? We haven’t seen the fruits of that collaboration from either side, but a recent post on the VW Vortex forum points to what could be the actual specs for the Toyota Supra. Could these be the details that we’ve been waiting for all this time? More importantly, do these details open the door for the Supra to finally make its debut? We certainly hope so.