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Leaked Specs Allege 2018 Supra Has 335 HP, 8-Speed Automatic











The coupe would reportedly weigh 3,298 pounds and ride on 17-inch wheels, at least in the Japanese market.



A post on the VW Vortex forum features scans from the March issue of Japan's Best Car magazine and has alleged specs for the 2018 Supra. The publication claims that the much-anticipated coupe packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that produces 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton-meters), plus an extra 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) during periods of overboost. The setup reportedly routes through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

An earlier leak backs up some of this information by reportedly showing BMW's engine sharing with Toyota. It alleges that the Supra only comes as an automatic with rear-wheel drive. An entry-level variant would be available in Europe with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 195 hp (145 kW). The next step up would be the standard four-pot engine in the United States and produce 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts). This info also states the 3.0-liter mill makes 335 hp (250 kW).
In addition, the Best Car info states that the new Supra allegedly weighs 3,298 pounds (1,496 kilograms). It would reportedly measure 172.4 inches (4,380 millimeters) in total length, 73.03 inches (1,855 mm) wide, and 50.79 inches (1,290 mm) tall. The coupe would ride on a 97.24-inch (2,470-mm) wheelbase. The specs indicate that the car would use 225/50 17-inch tires in front and wider 255/45 17-inch rubber at the back.
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The scans of the story cut off some of the text, but it makes a reference to a debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. An earlier report also speculated about a Swiss debut, including announcing four versions of the new coupe.
The Best Car information appears to line up with existing rumors about the new Supra, but we are taking the magazine's info with a grain of salt for now because these scans from the publication offer no details about the source of the specs. For example, a previously leaked brochure from Japan looked legit until it became clear that the info was purely speculation about the Supra.
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Toyota Supra Specs Leak Just As First Teaser Arrives




Not bad for a Tuesday.
As we reported last week and can officially confirm today, Toyota will unveil its reborn Supra next month at the Geneva Motor Show. To officially kick off its promotional campaign, the automaker has released this single teaser image. We know it’s kind of dark but look a bit more closely and you’ll clearly see the car’s rear glass and a massive spoiler. Just as this was happening, SupraMKV.com has uncovered additional information from Japanese language magazine Best Car.

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From what we can tell, the information, revealing specs such as output, curb weight and vehicle dimensions, is legit. Power will come courtesy of 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, plus 37 lb-ft of overboost. Power will be directed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As we previously reported, a manual will not be an option, though it could be offered on the also upcoming new BMW Z4, the new Supra’s platform mate. With a wheelbase measuring 97.2 inches, a length of 172.4 inches, 73 inches in width, and a height of 50.8 inches, the new Supra is quite similar in size to its immediate predecessor. In fact, the new car is a bit smaller.



Length wise it’s shorter by 5.4 inches and the wheelbase is also 3.2 inches shorter. However, the new car is 0.6 inches taller and 1.7 inches wider than before. Weight wise, the leaked specs indicate a curb weight of 3,284 pounds. Its non-turbo predecessor tipped the scales at 3,329 pounds while the turbo Supra weighed a more hefty 3,461 pounds. Do the quick math and the new Supra is 177 pounds lighter than the last Supra turbo. Lastly, the new Supra will wear a set of 225/50R-17 rubber up front and 255/45R-17 at the rear. We’ll be on hand for the official Supra debut at Geneva in just a few weeks’ time, so stay tuned for more details and, hopefully, additional teaser images.
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This is probably Toyota's Supra concept headed for Geneva




Alleged image of Toyota Supra race car concept - Image via Best Car/Supra MKV
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Toyota's new race car concept previewing the soon-to-be-launched fifth-generation Supra may have just been revealed in photos published by Japanese magazine Best Car.
Scans taken from the magazine have been posted to the Supra MKV forum and show a design similar to what we see in a teaser shot released by Toyota only two days ago. Specifically, the design of the rear wing and its support struts match up perfectly with the car in the teaser shot.
Toyota is yet to officially announce the return of the Supra, though the concept, which debuts on March 6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, is described by the automaker as signaling the return of its “most iconic sports car.” Somehow we have the feeling Toyota isn't talking about the Celica.
Interestingly, the letters “GTE” are included in the accompanying Japanese text, perhaps indicating that the concept could also signal Toyota's intention to field a Supra GTE race car alongside the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 in the World Endurance Championship. This way the automaker would still be competing against fellow automakers in the WEC, in this case Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche.

Teaser for Toyota Supra race car concept debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show
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Yes, Toyota is showcasing another concept previewing the new Supra. This time, though, the concept will feature the body of the production model due in showrooms late this year or early next. It's expected to go by the label Toyota Supra GRMN, linking it with Toyota's new GR performance sub-brand launched late last year in Japan.
GRMN, short for Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring, signifies the highest performance level offered by the GR sub-brand. The first is the Toyota Yaris GRMN sold overseas.
There aren't any details on what a Supra GRMN might be like, but we could potentially see a performance-oriented hybrid powertrain introduced. The reveal of the GR Super Sport hybrid supercar concept at last month's 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon suggests Toyota is finally serious about leveraging its performance hybrid technology from motorsport for use in road cars. The base Supra is expected to come with a turbocharged 6-cylinder.
Hopefully we'll have more details soon.
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Reborn Toyota Supra Leaks Ahead Of Official Reveal With 335-HP




Before we see the road-going version of the reborn Supra, a racing concept will be shown at Geneva next month.
It feels like we’ve been waiting an eternity for the new Toyota Supra to arrive. Mercifully, Toyota will finally be previewing the rebirth of the iconic Japanese sports car at Geneva next month. Sadly, however, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing the road-going production version of the reborn Supra just yet. Instead, the Japanese automaker will be presenting a “modern racing concept” that will “signal Toyota’s commitment to bringing its most iconic sports car back to the market.”


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A teaser of the forthcoming Supra race car concept was recently shown focusing on the car’s massive rear wing and a double bubble roof. Ahead of its Geneva reveal, new images of the car from Japan’s Best Car magazine have been posted on SupraMKV.com. Despite reports suggesting the new Supra won’t be badged as a Toyota and will instead be branded as a Gazoo model, these leaked images seem to suggest otherwise. According to the site, the car that will be shown at Geneva will be called the Toyota Supra GRMN Racing Concept. The rear wing on the car shown in leaked images certainly seems to match the teaser image so it appears to be legit, while the racing livery matches other Gazoo racers.



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It also features hood-mounted air intakes, a rollcage, Sparco racing seats, and Bridgestone performance tires. No technical details have been posted, however. Images of the road-going Supra were also published in the same magazine and shared on SupraMKIV.com. As expected, the overall design looks like the Toyota FT-1 Concept, albeit with a less prominent front nose. Recently leaked specs suggest the road-going version of the reborn Supra will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 0-62 mph will take 3.8 seconds.

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It will also have similar dimensions to the last model, measuring 4380 mm in length, 1855 mm wide, and 1,290 mm high. It will also ride on a 2,470 mm wheelbase, while curb weight will reportedly be 3,284 pounds. As for when we’ll finally get to see the new Toyota Supra road car, reports have suggested it will be shown later this year. If we had to guess, this year's Tokyo Motor Show in October seems like the most logical venue to reveal the rebirth of one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars.

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11 reasons why we need a new Toyota Supra






  1. At next month’s Geneva Motor Show Toyota will reveal a “modern racing concept” that signals its “commitment to bringing its most iconic sports car back to the market”. So in a roundabout kind of way, this gloomy, tightly-cropped teaser image is probably our best look yet at the new Supra. Or at least, a lightly concept-ified version, with a massive spoiler.
    We know it’s been co-developed with the next BMW Z4 (as previewed at Pebble Beach last year) and that the pair will share hybrid technology. Rumour has it that alongside conventional powertrains, both BMW and Toyota will deploy petrol-electric versions using BMW’s four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with electric motors on the front axle fed by supercapacitors. It’ll also wear Gazoo badging, too.
    All fine and dandy. We’re looking forward to it, because the MkIV Supra remains a bit of a hero. Here’s why…





  2. 1. It had some Good Numbers

    How they laughed at the misprints when the MkIV Supra launched back in ‘93 - 326bhp, 156mph, 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, and just £37,500. That was quicker than a Ferrari 348TS. And for the same money, you could buy an auto Supra to commute to work in, and a manual for the weekends. Thing is, they weren’t misprints…




  3. 2. It was a serious race-car

    Beyond the Dominic Toretto school of racing - in which it also performed superbly (Suprarbly?) - the Supra won its class in the Swiss Mountain Races, finished 14th at Le Mans, zipped up Pikes Peak, was competitive in American SCCA racing, and became a dominant force in the All-Japan GT Championships (JGTC) from 1995 to 2003.




  4. 3. It could become a genuine ten-second-car

    The Supra is a seriously, seriously tuneable thing. The twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE engine was beamed in from the bulletproof Japanese straight-six dimension (other residents include the Nissan Skyline R32/R33 sixer), so it can be tinkered to produce more than 1,000bhp. As Toretto would have it, just pop the hood, throw in some overnight parts from Japan (just put it on your tab at Harry’s) and you’ll have yourself a ten-second car.





  5. 4. It's got a proper drivers' cabin

    The interior’s just like a single-seat racer - there’s a hoop of instruments, and they’re all angled at the driver. Also, the rev counter’s massive and in the middle, just like you’d find on an old Porsche 911.




  6. 5. It’s related to the 2000GT

    Kind of… Trace the front-mounted six-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive Grand Tourer bloodline back through Toyota history, and you’ll end up at the 2000GT. Which is, obviously, brilliant.




  7. 6. It was a proper driver's car... if you handled it well

    Unlike it’s Japanese hyperloon contemporaries (Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX), there weren’t any four-wheel drive or four-wheel steer gimmicks to be seen. It followed page one, chapter one of the petrolhead guidebook to the letter - engine in the front, gearbox in the middle, and driven wheels at the back. Making sure it didn’t end up smeared along a bus stop was entirely down to the soft, fleshy bit in-between the steering wheel and seat.




  8. 7. It delivered its mighty twin-turbo power nicely

    The Supra had a twin-turbo setup that ran in sequence, which ironed out the turbo lag common to most other abnormally aspirated Japanese engines. 90 per cent of peak torque was available all the way from 1,300rpm to 4,500rpm, before you were cut short at 156mph.





  9. 8. Because you lot loved it

    From April 1978 to July 2002, total production of the two Celica Supra and strict Supra generations stood at 593,337 units. For a niche Japanese superthing, that’s bloomin’ impressive.




  10. 9. There was a racer-like focus on lightweight

    Toyota took weight saving seriously on the Supra. It got an aluminium bonnet, aluminium front crossmember, aluminium oil and transmission pans, and aluminium suspension upper A-arms. There was also a magnesium-alloy steering wheel, plastic petrol tank, and gas injected rear spoiler. Even the carpet fibres were hollow to save weight. That lot conspired to a 91kg weight reduction compared with its predecessor. More than 100kg lighter in non-turbo form.




  11. 10. It's been immortalised as a movie car hero

    It runs a different tack from other movie hero cars, but the inexplicable, supersonic stardom of the Fast and Furious franchise means the MkIV Supra remains one of the most recognisable cars on our planet. The one pictured above, which the late Paul Walker drove in the first FF film, sold for many hundreds of thousands of dollars a few years back.
    And considering the franchise shows no signs of slowing down (or even making sense), the next generation of petrolheads will need a new Supra to lust after.




  12. 11. Because it kept Toyota cool

    Remember when Toyota meant something other than Prius and Avensis? Something that wasn’t middle of the road, but rather all over it, then in the fast lane? OK, so there’s the superb GT86, but there’s also a big, aspirational hole in the line-up. A hole that used to be filled by the Supra - a car that did 200mph down the A1, won on Sunday, sold on Monday, and sustained tuning industries across the globe. The wreckless yin to the reliable yang. Build a new one immediately, Toyota. For both our sakes.


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Toyota will preview the 2019 Supra with a concept at the Geneva Motor Show but that hasn’t stopped the company from testing the highly anticipated model.

In the latest videos from our spy shooters, we can see the Supra being put through its paces on a snow-covered course. This doesn’t go as planned as we can see the test driver lose control about 45 seconds into the first clip. The driver apparently decided this was pretty fun as they then made several attempts to drift around the track without much success.

The second video gives us a better look at the camouflaged prototype and it reveals the car will incorporate a number of styling cues from the FT-1 concept. The front of the model is dominated by large air intakes and slender LED headlights. Designers also installed a double bubble roof and a handful of vents which could be used to cool the high-performance braking system.

We will likely learn more about the Supra next week but reports have suggested the car will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that develops 335 hp (249 kW) and up to 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. This should enable the car to be relatively quick as rumors have indicated it could weigh less than 3,306 lbs (1,500 kg).

The Supra is being developed alongside the all-new BMW Z4 and it will reportedly measure 4,380 mm (172.4 inches) long, 1,855 mm (73 inches) wide and 1,290 mm (50.7 inches) tall.
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Will The New Toyota Supra Be A Failure? A Cargument



A new Toyota Supra is just around the corner and it will probably be underpowered, overweight and generally bad. Wait, no, it’s going to be good. Or not. or maybe it will be just like it always has been. Welcome once more to Carguments.
This is the second episode of Carguments, a new series for us in which, basically, we turn a camera at ourselves when we’re normally screaming at each other at our desks.





Are you excited about the new Supra? My boss Patrick George is not. He’s convinced that Toyota will find some way to disappoint us, even though it’s going to have a straight-six engine and rear-wheel drive. It’s part of a joint program with BMW, so the steering will be numb and the engine won’t sound like anything and it’ll basically be a fat 340i. Worse, he thinks the car is only going to have 340 horsepower, and it’s going to be so sad that the Earth will fly into the sun.
This is a fair assessment. A bad Supra is an ill omen. I think the order of the impending apocalypse goes global climate change -> a bad Toyota Supra -> the entire plot of that Los Angeles earthquake movie with The Rock, but everywhere.




I, however, think that Toyota will not be screwing up the Supra for the simple reason that, really, it’s not going to be any different from the old ones. The past few decades have tainted us with YouTube videos of thousand horsepower drag cars and endless Fast and Furious replays. We think of the Supra as an all-conquering superpower in the automotive scene. But each generation, when it debuted, was always a little bit heavier and a little bit less powerful than a hardcore enthusiast might want. Supras, from the get go, always traded some outright performance for refinement. Look at the third-gen Supra, for instance. It had all-independent suspension, but you’d get more raw speed out of a V8 Mustang.



And that’s fine! We know that behind the raw specs, the Supra is a better-built, better-driving, better-to-own vehicle, which is why used ones keep high prices and a cult following worldwide.

But that’s just my thought and I’m also a moron. Am I wrong? (Yes.) Is Patrick right? (Duh.) Watch the video and let us know in the comments.
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Here's Your Toyota Supra Fix For the Day



Hopefully these fan renderings will hold you over until the Geneva Motor Show next week.
Impatient for next week to come along with the reveal of the much-anticipated and long-awaited actual Toyota Supra, ultimate fans over at SupraMKV.com have trotted out another set of renders based on the most recent spy photos. Okay, maybe they got frustrated when they learned that next week we may not be seeing the production-spec Supra after all, but rather the GTE-class racing version.



If the official teaser posted on Toyota’s Twitter account isn’t enough to get you speculating, these renders by Supra93 do a great job of peeling away the camouflage and piecing together the details we’ve seen in leaked magazine spreads and detailed spy photos. Anything else you need to catch up on you can find in our in-depth look at all the Z4 and Supra information learned to date. Beyond the renders by Supra93, fellow SupraMKV.com forum users jumped in later in the thread with some photoshops of the renders in a fantastic selection of colors that borrow not only from some of Toyota’s sports car lines but also some signature colors from other iconic sports cars.


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Leaked specs have us believing that the Supra will sport a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six good for 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, rear-wheel drive and fed through an eight-speed automatic. Acceleration to 62 mph is pegged at 3.8 seconds. The same leaked documents indicate that the dimensions are perhaps surprisingly close to the last Supra to see the light of day, about 172 inches in length with a 97-in. wheelbase, 73 in. wide, and 51 high, tipping the scales at 3,284 pounds. While that acceleration might very well turn out to be the best bang for your buck in its snack bracket, we are hoping it can capture the same balance and steering magic the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ demonstrate.

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Toyota Supra Racing Concept Spotted In Geneva



The Toyota Supra racing concept has been caught on video while being loaded onto its display at the Geneva Motor Show.

While most of the car is covered by a sheet, we can get a glimpse of the concept‘s front fascia and lower passenger side. This doesn’t reveal much but the front of the concept appears to be pretty faithful to the production model which was spotted undergoing testing yesterday.
Despite the styling similarities, the modern racing concept – as Toyota calls it – has a carbon fiber front lip spoiler and large canards on the front bumper. We can also see lightweight center-locking wheels which are outfitted with high-performance Michelin tires.
We can’t make out many other details but the concept has aggressive side skirts, a multi-color livery and a massive rear wing.
Another interesting detail is the fact that the concept is located next to a Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux. There have been rumors the Supra will be launched under the Gazoo brand but it remained unclear if the production model would be called the Gazoo Supra, Toyota Supra Gazoo or something else to that effect. The car’s official name still remains a mystery but its presence next the truck could indicate the model will indeed have a connection to Gazoo Racing even though BMW deserves much of the credit.
The car will be unveiled on March 6th so stay tuned for full details.


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Supra rising (Live Stream – 7.45pm AEDT)



THE legend returns at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s time for the Supra to rise again. Join us at 7.45pm (AEDT) this evening (6 March 201, when Toyota reveals plans for the return of its most iconic sports car.
So what will we actually see? Only time will tell, but the company is expected to us6e a GTE racing series concept car as the reveal platform, to announce the launch of the new 2019 Toyota Supra.
Rumours abound it will not reveal the actual final version of the road car, until the New York Auto Show at the end of March, and there are two different rumour mills running on the potential power plant.
The first says a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, similar to the one used by the Lexus LS 500 luxury saloon, will find its way under the hood, while the second points to a 3-litre turbocharged inline-6 with 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque.
That rumour also points to rear wheel drive through an 8-speed automatic, and if that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same engine and gearbox combination that will drive the 2019 BMW Z4.
There’s also talk of a ‘base’ model, featuring either a 2.0-litre turbo engine, the same power plant that can be found in the next generation Z4 sDrive 20i. The world will know at 7.45pm tonight (AEDT).
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Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept: The Supra Is Officially Back!
A Japanese legend is reborn, and it's going racing.






It’s finally real: The Toyota Supra name is back and headed to production, and we have our first peek at the car in the metal. Well, okay, maybe not the car, meaning the one you’ll be able to buy sometime next year from someone in pleated khakis and a Toyota golf shirt, but the racing version that will be campaigned soon in, we assume, various global GT series. (The car also will be available in a forthcoming update for Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation 4.)
Sixteen years after the Mark 4 Supra went out of production, this concept car proves the company’s intent to bring back the nameplate. We’ve been teased and tortured with a few scant details on the roadgoing model over the past couple of years, but we do know that the Supra draws much from the FT-1 concept of 2014 and that it is the fruit of a sports-car partnership with BMW that will also produce the next Z4. It will thus share much with that Bimmer, a model that is expected to



Leaked specs indicate the BMW-developed turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine is expected to make 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, which should provide plenty of grunt in the tidily packaged Supra. Unfortunately, an automatic transmission will handle shifting in the streetable Supra; a manual option will be available only in the BMW. As an additional kick in the shin, the Supra race car features three pedals.
The race car confirms the basic styling and proportions we’ve seen in spy photos, and we’re pleased to see the prominent central bulge on the hood—a trademark of the Mark 4—appear here. Indeed, strip away the dive planes, Play-Doh Fun Factory extruded rear diffuser, massive flares, and Wright Flyer rear wing, and you can see the production car hiding underneath. The ducktail trunklid spoiler, front air-intake configuration, greenhouse, and fender contours all speak to the future Supra road car.



Among the racer’s interesting details is the single center exhaust pipe located prominently in the rear bumper, which would be a cool, unique touch if it survives to production. The race number, 90, is a reference to the car’s internal A90 development code—previous Supras were the A40, A60, A70, and A80—and the car is of course packed to the gills with carbon fiber, including the hood, splitter, diffuser, mirror caps, side skirts, wing, and bumpers. Center-lock wheels are wrapped in Michelin rubber, and the Supra racer has a full roll cage and fire-extinguisher system. Inside, it’s a typically stripped-out competition machine, although we do get a preview of the likely location for the street model’s infotainment screen on the top of the dash.
For all the hype and excitement surrounding the debut of this car, there remain many, many questions left unanswered, not the least of which is what will power this racer. But if the race car can make as much of an impact on the track as it has by simply existing, the particulars may not matter much. For now, the most important thing is that the Supra is most definitely back.
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Toyota Supra gets turbocharged inline-six, no manual transmission

Look for a low center-of-gravity and a 50:50 weight distribution.




The 2018 Geneva Motor Show finally brought us the long awaited return of the Toyota Supra, sort of. Initials details are scarce, but a roundtable with Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada — the man behind both the Supra and the Toyota 86 — revealed a number of new details, both good and bad. The Supra will in fact get a turbocharged inline-six, but those hoping for a manual transmission are out of luck.

We've been wondering for years what's been under the car's hood. The partnership with BMW (the Supra will share more than a passing resemblance to the new BMW Z4) gave us hope that the inline-six would return, and Tada assures us that a Supra without an inline-six is no Supra. He also made it clear that the car should be relatively easy to tune, though how far you can go on a stock bottom-end remains to be seen.

A manual transmission seems to be off the table. Tada said that Supra fans don't think it's a huge requirement, though we have a hard time believing him on that point. As it's likely a BMW engine, look for some variant of the ZF eight-speed automatic or possibly a dual-clutch transmission. There won't be a transaxle either, though Tada says the Supra will have perfect 50:50 weight distribution. It'll also have a lower center-of-gravity than the 86, though how it achieves either of those things with a longer, taller engine and a shorter wheelbase is unclear. Black magic, we say.

Like the 86, Tada wants the Supra to be a sharpened sportscar that is measured on things like fun-to-drive or ease-of-maneuver rather than ultimate performance. We won't be surprised if, like the 86, the Supra puts out a bit less horsepower than some were hoping for. This is a break from Supras of old. The original cars were always GT cars that punched far above their weight. The fourth-gen model was making 320 horsepower in the early 1990s. Tada wouldn't mention specific competitors, but he did say they buy every new Porsche that hits the street.

The partnership with BMW is an interesting one. BMW will launch the Z4 first, unsurprising considering the German brand seems to have led most of the development. Tada said that it took two years for the two automakers to really start clicking. It must be a culture clash between the Germans and Japanese, as apparently the Subaru partnership was a hit right from the start.

We don't know when the final production car will be shown, but look for the GR Supra to hit tracks later this year.
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How the Toyota Supra embraces and rejects its performance heritage

Toyota once again attempts to build a fun car.




Today, at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota unveiled a Supra Racing Concept that presages the forthcoming sporty road car. Finally. To say that this rollout has been glacial in its progress fails to account for the rapid withering of our Earth's glaciers in the nearly twenty years since the last Supra was sold.

The Supra is a key part of Toyota's attempt to correct its image problem among enthusiasts. Once known for Corolla GTSs, MR2s, and even Celica Group B Rally Cars, over the past few decades, the brand has privileged the construction of relentlessly reliable mobility devices, like the bestselling RAV4, Corolla, and Camry. This wasn't a bad business decision, since these three vehicles alone combined to sell more than 1.2 million units in 2017, representing an astonishing 7 percent of totalAmerican vehicle sales.

However, we're enthusiasts, so we like enthusiast cars. Toyota's one current sporty entry, the 86, is in its stable only because its youth-oriented "tuner" sub-brand, Scion, had to be, well, 86'ed, for lack of interest from young tuners. Any other semblance of sport among the brand has been shunted to its luxury division, Lexus, which has succeeded in creating some actual enthusiasm with vehicles like the LC500.

If a language, like Yiddish, or a trade, like typesetting, goes out of practice for just a generation, it can nearly go extinct. So, after almost two decades of seemingly lying fallow, how has Toyota reanimated its commitment to speed, fun, and handling?

"We launched a new brand, GR, strongly linked to motor sports and the link between motor sports and production cars," says Tada-san, chief engineer on the project. "This first race car shows that concept."

In reviving any long-buried nameplate, design is always a key consideration, weighing the relevance of calling back to a storied heritage — in this case, the four previous generations of Supra — with the need to create a vehicle that seen as contemporary and forward thinking. This is especially true when a brand has abandoned a vehicle segment, like Toyota has with performance cars, for so long. Even more so when it will have only one offering in the category. There is a lot of pressure on this car to speak to the past, the present, and the future.

"As we started, we made sure to listen to the Supra fan base in the U.S.," says Tada-san. "So certain heritage elements are very relevant. But from a design perspective, this is not a vital area for heritage. This is not a revival model. That's not what we intended to do."

If the brand is trying to stake out all-new space with its design, it is definitely calling back to its past in its engineering. Throughout their lifespan, Supras have always been powered by straight-six gasoline motors. But since Toyota hasn't built one of these in at least ten years, they partnered up in product development with a brand known for them, BMW. The new twin-turbo I6 in the Supra will be shared with the next-generation Z4.

"The front engine/rear-drive configuration and the straight-six turbo engine are necessities for any Supra," says Tada-san. "The cars must be fun to drive and have an ease of maneuverability."

Smooth running and smooth looking. We are rooting for the new Supra, regardless of how much we believe it should be offered with a manual transmission, though it won't.
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Production Toyota Supra Confirmed to Get Early 2019 Reveal

The new Supra will feature a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and take power increases better than the 86.


After giving us the best preview yet of the upcoming Supra in the GR Supra Racing Concept, Toyota has given up more details about its hotly-anticipated sports car.
Admittedly, we were slightly disappointed with not getting to see the full, road-ready production Supra at this week's Geneva Motor Show especially after years of rumors, spy shots, and teases. However, in a Tweet to an eager fan, Toyota U.K. confirmed the car will make its official debut sometime in the first half of 2019.



Hang in there, Supra enthusiasts. We're in the home stretch.

What's more, the new Supra's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada recently sat down with members of the automotive press and provided several key details about what'll lurk under the Toyota coupe's skin. In an interview with AutoGuide, Tada-san confirmed that the Supra will stick to its roots and pack a turbocharged straight-six under its hood, calling the setup "an indispensable element." Also confirmed are a 50/50 weight distribution, no rear seats, and a center of gravity even lower than that of the Boxer-engined 86.


Speaking of the 86, the Toyota engineer goes on to say that the revived Supra will react better to modifications than the Toyobaru—a platform Toyota notoriously (and some might say, stubbornly) refuses to give more power to five years into its production run. (Yes, I am aware of that car's five-horsepower gain in 2017, an improvement I suspect most butt dynos would have a hard time picking up on.)
As a response to the 86's whole power situation, the Supra "can be boosted up to higher engine [specs] while keeping the fun-to-drive element," Tada-san told AutoGuide.
The Drive has reached out to Toyota for further comment and will update this story when we hear back.

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How Much Will The New Toyota Supra Cost?
We’ve been waiting too long for a new Toyota Supra to fill our dreams with visions of Texas Mile domination. Today, we finally saw the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept, which is the closest thing to a real-life new Supra we’ve seen to date. But how much will the production version cost?

There’s a lot of pricey-looking carbon fiber pieces on Toyota’s racing concept, some of which look more road-ready than others. (Looking at you, giant rear diffuser.) Obviously, many race cars are loaded with parts that are not shared by their roadgoing counterparts, so who knows what will go into the mass-market version?

Guesses as to the price among the Jalopnik staff ranged anywhere from a The Price Is Right-spec $40,001 to a nice $69,000. Of course, there’s always the odd chance that Toyota will go full R35 Nissan GT-R and make the new Supra insanely pricey, although that wouldn’t line up with reports that it won’t be super-powerful off the lot.

Nor would a base price flirting with six figures line up with where the last-generation Supra fit into the market. The strong yen of the mid-nineties pushed the price of the Supra over $40,000 back in 1996, according to Automotive News. That translates to about $64,000 in today’s money, by the way. That was a bit too pricey for buyers then, leading Toyota to release a stripped-down version for $31,000, but that didn’t help. The car went out with a whimper sales-wise in 2001, but since rose to the status of a cult classic after going out of production.

As the old saying goes, absence and giant aftermarket turbochargers truly do make the heart grow fonder. Toyota shouldn’t have to do any undercutting to sell these. That $40,000 figure for 1996 was close to the $37,225 base MSRP of a new Corvette at the time, according to Autotrader. Corvettes now start at $55,495, which is also pretty close to the final 2017 BMW Z4’s MSRP of $49,525.

The new Supra is also believed to share a platform with the new BMW Z4 Roadster, so it makes sense to compare those two. This is why Patrick guessed that the new Toyota Supra would only come in around $46,000—a bit less than the likely more luxury-oriented BMW, but not by a ton.







Yet I think the brand new model, nostalgia for the old model and overall fanciness should command a slightly larger base MSRP. $55,069! Final answer.

Let’s play a game: guess how much the new Supra will be without going over the final price. The winner will receive an imaginary bottle of Jalopnik Lilac Label Reserve Brefass Scotch, which we won’t deliver because it doesn’t exist, but you should guess anyway because we’re genuinely curious.
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First Video Of Toyota GR Supra Concept Shows It In The Virtual World

After roughly 19 long years – it could be 16 depending on the way you count things – Toyota finally gave us a concrete look at the fifth-gen Supra’s design.
Sure, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept may just be a concept, but it’s not hard to visualize the road-going version of the sports car without things like the massive rear wing and ridged hood . And now, we have a video of concept in action – well, digitally at least.

Toyota put out a YouTube video on its account that sees the GR Supra Racing Concept go from a plain vehicle driving through city streets and what seems to be the Nurburgring, to then slowly being adorned with its badass livery.
But even more importantly, if you have sensitive ears that are capable of drowning out the music, the video provides a few aural cues as to what the car might sound.
While the Supra probably won’t come with a manual gearbox, the sports car is rumored to get a turbocharged inline-six engine. From what we can pick up, the car does sound as if its powered by a six-cylinder motor. For those with better ears than mine, the best part is from 1:12 to 1:20.
Since Gran Turismo recently announced that the GR Supra Racing Concept would makes its way to Gran Turismo Sport, we have a sneaking suspicion that Sony and Polyphony lent a helping hand at bringing the concept to life in the digital world.
For enthusiasts out there who have a PS4 and a copy of Gran Turismo Sport, you’ll be able to drive the concept in April. For everyone else, we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see the road-going version of the Supra.
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Toyota’s Chief Engineer Really Wants New Supra To Have A Manual

New rumors suggest a hybrid version could also be on the cards.
After a 16-year hiatus from the auto industry, the Toyota Supra finally made a triumphant return at this year’s Geneva Motor Show—albeit in the form of the GR Supra Racing Concept. Precious few details were revealed about the car, and while it’s a shame we’re not staring in awe at the final production car, the styling gives us the clearest idea yet of what the final car will look like if you remove the race car bits. Many enthusiasts have also been wondering whether the new Supra will have a manual gearbox. The answer? Maybe.





Sadly, previously leaked information suggested you won’t be rowing the gears manually, which seems like a travesty in a Japanese sports car. The GR Supra Racing Concept doesn’t fill us with hope either, since it sports paddle shifters on the steering wheel and no manual shifter.
(There are three pedals, but the clutch is used to just get the car rolling, rather than shift through the gears.) There’s still hope the reborn Supra will have a manual transmission, though. During an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, AutoGuide spoke to Toyota’s Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada about the subject.


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“It makes perfect sense” for the new Supra to have a manual, Tada-san told the publication. “I will try my hardest,” he promised. After all, the Supra isn’t being designed to set lap records. Instead, Tada-san is working hard to make sure the car is engaging, fun to drive, and that it will have “ease of maneuverability,” which is more important than “quantifiable figures.” This gives us renewed hope the new Supra will please purists by offering a traditional manual. However, Tada-san and his team have been consulting with Supra fanatics to find out their priorities for the reborn sports car. High up on the list was a turbo straight-six engine, a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout, and the ability to make modifications.


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Demand for a manual transmission wasn’t high. Don’t be surprised, then, if the new Supra is only offered with an automatic, but don’t rule out a manual just yet either. A new report by Top Gearsuggests the new Toyota Supra, which is being co-developed with the BMW Z4, will pack a recalibrated BMW engine pumping out 450 horsepower. A hybrid version is also being considered, but plans haven’t been confirmed yet. As for when the reborn Toyota Supra road car will debut? We were previously led to believe it will break cover in just a few weeks at the New York Auto Show, but Top Gear is now reporting it won’t debut until the 2019 Detroit Auto Show next January.

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Production Toyota Supra Coming To Detroit With BMW l6 Turbo?













Electrified powertrain not ruled out.

Toyota has the revived Supra, still as a concept, on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and we have more good news to share. Top Gear claims the final production version of the sports car will make its debut in Detroit in January next year, and will feature a BMW-sourced inline-six turbocharged gasoline engine.

The British publication had a chat with the model’s project chief, Tetsuya Tada, who ensured it will be a pure sports car and will be significantly different than the BMW Z4. The Bavarian roadster will be gentler, while the Supra will be more focused and track-oriented.
“We will continue the heritage of the Supra, a pure sports car,” Tada told Top Gear. “There are fewer common elements than you would imagine. It’s not like the GT86 and Subaru.”
Like it or not, the production Supra will receive a straight-six turbo engine from BMW. No Lexus V8 and no hybrid, at least initially. “Few car companies have straight-six engines. Toyota did but it doesn’t any longer,” Toyota’s European R&D boss, Gerald Killmans, commented, confirming the Japanese engineers will recalibrate the biturbo inline-six from BMW. Our source speculates it is the M3’s motor Killmans is referring to, but we’ll wait for further details to confirm its identity. And while a hybrid system won’t be offered from day one, electrified power is not entirely ruled out. “We are looking at it, but it’s not decided.”
BMW and Toyota will share much more than a single engine, as the revived Supra will also use a suspension based on a BMW system. The sports coupe will have a different tune than the Z4, but the two will have many suspension components in common.
As a final note, the new Supra will be produced at a BMW factory and will wear GRMN (Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurburgring) logos.
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Toyota, BMW Overcome Corporate Differences For Partnership














The new Supra won't be a rebadged BMW Z4 - or vice-versa.

You’d imagine building a car in today’s modern times would be the same across the board regardless of which automaker is doing the building. Design and engineer a vehicle, make sure the numbers check out, and then send off for mass production. However, it’s not that simple. Corporate cultures and philosophies differ from automaker to automaker, and those differences were a hurdle both Toyota and BMW had to overcome when designing the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4.
"We have quite a lot of differences in the terms of the way we make cars,” Tetsuya Tada-san, chief engineer of the upcoming MkV Supra, told Road and Track. "The philosophies of the companies, as well as the mentality of Japanese people and German people are quite different. In that sense, we had to overcome a lot of differences."
BMW and Toyota announced their collaboration back in 2012. According to Tada-san, it took the automakers about two years to hash out their different engineering and design philosophies. Even then, it took another two years before details started to emerge about what both companies were working on together.

nstead of working from a shared idea, each automaker designed the car they wanted to build and then looked for commonalities and the possibility of sharing parts.
"When we initially approached BMW, we thought it would also be aiming to have as much common parts as possible," Tada-san said. "But they had quite an unexpected reaction initially, saying ‘there’s no point in having as many common parts as possible if we cannot make a car that we each want.’ So, we decided to first have a firm idea of what we, individually, wanted to make, and based on that, we approached each other and compared to see where we could have common parts."
This is good news to hear. The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 should each be distinct in their driving dynamics. While specifics of the Z4 are still a mystery, the Supra will continue the fun-to-drive philosophy of the 86.
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Toyota Supra Will Be A “Pure Sports Car” And Very Different From The BMW Z4

When Toyota introduced the GR Supra Racing concept earlier this month, the company was tight-lipped on specifics. However, we’re starting to learn more about the production model as chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has given a few clues about what to expect.

Speaking with Evo, Tada said the similarities to the BMW Z4 will be “fewer than many may imagine” even though the two models were developed alongside each other. This would be a stark contrast from the Toyota 86 which is virtually identical to the Subaru BRZ.
While there will still be common components shared by both models, Tada said the Supra has been designed as a “pure sports car” while the Z4 will go in a “slightly different direction” as it is a luxurious and sporty roadster. As a result, the two cars will have different engine calibrations and the driving experience on the Supra will be “very different to the Z4.”
Tada wasn’t ready to reveal powertrain details but he said the company talked to previous Supra owners and they wanted to the new model to have a front mounted six-cylinder engine which powers the rear wheels. The chief engineer declined to mention its output but confirmed they are considering a hybrid powertrain as well as alternative options – such a fuel cells and battery power – for their future sports cars. Tada also declined to reveal whether or not the Supra will be offered with a manual transmission as the company is still working out the final details.
Regardless of the performance specifications, Tada said he wants owners to be able to tune the car themselves. The engineer went on to suggest Toyota will let aftermarket companies lead the way as the automaker didn’t have to get too involved in the tuning market with the 86.
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Everything we know about the 2019 Toyota Supra


Toyota finally confirmed the comeback of the Supra at last week's 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, where the automaker also showed off a thinly veiled concept of the new sports car that would bear the iconic nameplate.
The new Supra has been a long time coming—the last one bowed out of production in 2002—but there's still a while to go until we the final car. The reveal won't take place until 2019, with the debut most likely happening at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January.
With such a long way to go, Toyota understandably is keeping quiet on specs. However, we managed to learn a few details on the car after talking to its chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, at the debut of the GR Supra Racing concept last week in Geneva.

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Work started in 2012
Toyota committed to the new Supra in 2011 but work didn't really start until the following year when Tada met up with BMW, which was looking to renew its Z4, to determine whether a sports car partnership was possible. Toyota and BMW then took another two years to determine which elements could be shared and which needed to be developed independently.
The car's internal code is A90
The “90” emblazoned on the sides of the GR Supra Racing concept is a reference to the new Supra's A90 internal code. The original Celica-based Supra was the A40, and the three generations that followed were the A60, A70 and A80.
Tada's mentor developed the previous Supra
Tada learned his trade from Isao Tsuzuki, who led the development of the last Supra. He previously used lessons learned from his mentor to hone the 86 sports car, and now he's working on the new Supra. However, Tada first started out as a chassis engineer for more mundane models like the Corolla.

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An inline-6 was a must
Tada sought feedback from Supra fans for the new car. He and his team spoke with owners at events to make sure the new Supra pleases what he called the car’s “fanatical” U.S. fan base. And at the top of the list of must-haves was an inline-6 engine (also important was a front engine/rear drive layout). Fortunately for Toyota, its partner in the project, BMW, had just the engine. Expect the new Supra to be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 in standard guise. A more powerful version with hybrid technology is a strong possibility, however.
A shorter wheelbase than the 86
The new Supra will be a strict 2-seater. This has allowed Toyota to scale down the proportions.
A lower center of gravity than the 86
The 86 and its Subaru BRZ twin are praised for their low center of gravity, which is helped along by having a flat engine. Beating this with an inline-6 engine proved to be a challenge for Tada, who wanted to avoid opting for expensive solutions such as a rear transaxle. Tada hinted at a cleverly mounted steering rack as one of the factors engineers have used to achieve the target.

2018 Toyota 86


Twice the rigidity of the 86
The Supra will have a body twice as rigid as the 86. It will also have a perfect 50:50 weight balance.
Driving experience will be different to the Z4
Despite sharing a platform with BMW's new Z4, the Supra will have a very different driving experience. For starters, the Supra will be a coupe whereas the Z4 will be a convertible. Tada explained that even if some of the hardware is common, the calibrations used will differ to suit the characteristics of each car.
The GR Supra Racing concept meets GTE specs
Toyota says it chose a race car theme for the concept to highlight the potential of the new Supra on the race track. No doubt we'll see the car serve as the basis of Japan's Super GT touring car series. However, there's a good chance we also see it as the basis of a Toyota entry into the production-based GTE class of the World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That's because the GR Supra Racing concept was designed to meet GTE specifications, which incidentally are almost identical to the GT Le Mans specifications of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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New Toyota Supra Engineer: Sorry We Took So Long To Bring This Thing Back




If anything could challenge the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette for the “Most Speculated About” award in the automotive industry, it’s talk of a new Toyota Supra. And now that the new Supra is here, kind of, its lead engineer wants to apologize to everyone for taking so long to bring the famous car back.

Tetsuya Tada, a main person behind the incredibly agile but still underpowered Toyota 86, led development for the new Supra, a revival of the beloved tuner car Toyota killed off in the early 2000s. Tada’s mentor was Isao Tsuzuki, the person behind the most recent fourth-generation Supra that ran throughout the ‘90s—you know, the Fast & Furious Suprawhose distinctive rounded taillights light up your daydreams over, and over, and over again.

So, naturally, Tada wanted a new Supra to be worthy of the Supra badge. While Toyota wasn’t even sure if the car from its BMW partnership would be called the Supra as recently as November, Tada’s been all about the Supra name for years. He’s just sorry it took so long to bring that name back. From Australia’s Drive:

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An enthusiast to his core, Tada said Toyota did not want to compromise and offer a reworked 86 or Lexus coupe with Supra badges.
It had to be done the right way, which meant working with another marque to ensure the correct ingredients were in place.
“We wish that we could have brought back a new Supra much earlier,” he said.
“We wish to apologise to [supporters] that it took so long. It’s been 15 long years, [I am] very sorry for that.”
There are a lot more things than the timeline for the fifth-generation Supra that Tada and Toyota could be sorry about, like the fact that we all have to wait even longer to learn anything about this car. Toyota debuted Tada’s new project as a racing concept and gave us exactly zero information on its performance, engine, transmission, price or any other specs. They showed us a vehicle with plastic windows and smoke blowing around it, leaving us to wonder, still, if this Supra would be any good. The production version apparently won’t debut until 2019.
That’s not a cute and clever teaser. That’s just frustrating.
Tada could also say sorry for the fact that the car will probably not get a manual transmission, since he said Supra fans don’t think it’s a big requirement. Sure, the data on actual potential buyers may say that, but it still hurts.

But hey, an apology is an apology—even if it doesn’t cover everything. Tada is sorry this new Supra took so long to come around, whether it ends up meeting our expectations or not. At least he’s got a good portfolio behind him.
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