Toyota Supra Coming Back?
Toyota Supra Coming Back?
Posted on July 23, 2018
Enthusiasts have been waiting sixteen years, and their patience will soon pay off: the legendary Toyota Supra will return! The carmaker's exciting 2018 Toyota Supra announcement confirmed that Toyota's high-performance coupe will return during the 2019 model year. This is the Toyota Supra Canada has been holding its breath waiting for, based on the thrilling GR Supra Racing Concept unveiled earlier this year. And now we can see the street-ready production prototype just unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, slightly camouflaged in a wild paint job reflecting Toyota Gazoo Racing's colours.
It's been a while since a new Supra has rolled out of showrooms, so a refresher course might be in order. The First Supra, introduced in Japan in 1978, was an elongated Toyota Celica with a V6 engine instead of the Celica's usual 4-cylinder. For years it continued to be known as the Toyota Celica Supra, but by 1986 the Supra was a completely separate model from the Celica and was focused on being a pure performance coupe. The last generation of the Supra, sold from 1993 through 2002, was a twin-turbocharged scorcher that developed a reputation as one of the world's best high-performance coupes.
The GR Supra Racing Concept
The concept for the upcoming Supra debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2018. It draws on Toyota's racing heritage and wears Toyota Gazoo Racing's black, white, and red colours. True to the sports coupe tradition, it features a front-engine, rear-drive layout in a compact, two-door body. The Supra concept uses lightweight composite body panels to reduce weight while maintaining structural rigidity. As a racing concept, it also sports a full roll cage, a huge rear wing spoiler, and other racing-focused details.
The Street Version
Of course, you won't need a roll cage or a racing wing in your production Supra. The street-going version will still draw on the racing concept for much of its high-performance nature, though. Co-developed with BMW, the new Supra most likely will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder powerplant that should be good for about 335 hp. With a target weight of 3,300 pounds, that kind of power should be good for stunning performance in the range of a sub-4 second 0-100 kph time. Road & Track reports that there will also be a base 4-cylinder option with 262 with excellent weight distribution for outstanding handling. Plus, there are rumours of a hybrid all-wheel-drive version that would be even more powerful and would feature true supercar handling.
When Can You Buy It?
Well, we've certainly been waiting a long time for this new Supra, and we'll have to wait just a little bit longer. Toyota is targeting a sale date in the first half of 2019. The new Supra's long development time is seen as a sign of how important this model is, since it's Toyota's flagship performance car. Its engineers wanted to get everything just right, and they've taken their time to do just that. Multiple sources report that prices will start around $50,000 in the U.S, so expect around $65,000 in Canada.