After 16 Years, The Legendary Toyota Supra Is Making Its Return And It Looks Really Pissed Off
The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept made its world debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, reviving the name and spirit of the most celebrated model in Toyota’s illustrious sportscar heritage and reaffirms Toyota’s commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market. Can I get a hell yes?
The Toyota Supra still enjoys an iconic status among sports car aficionados, 16 years on from the end of production. Its enduring popularity has been helped by its success as a popular model in the Gran Turismo video game series. In fact, this new Supra’s debut race will also be virtual as next month it is set to appear in Gran Turismo Sport.
Speaking to Road & Track, the man behind the new Supra, Tetsuya Tada had this to say…
“When we launched the [GT]86, the fun-to-drive element and the ease of maneuverability was more important to us than quantifiable figures,” Tada-san said through an interpreter. “The element that was lacking was, perhaps, the power, and I’ve heard about a million questions about ‘when we will we be launching the turbo version?'”
His answer? “It’s not that easy to boost up the engine—if you just increase the horsepower, that creates an unbalanced car, so we have to start from redesigning the platform to accommodate more horsepower.
“So, when we started the Supra project, we kept this lesson in mind, and saw that this car can have more power, while keeping the fun-to-drive element.”
Autoblog reports that the new Supra, thanks to a partnership with BMW will likely carry a BMW engine, perhaps some variant of the ZF eight-speed automatic or possibly a dual-clutch transmission.
The Supra will also definitely get a turbocharged inline-six, but if you want a manual transmission, sorry, it’s not happening.
However, if it bears even a passing resemblance to the racecar Toyota unveiled in Geneva I think Supra fans wills till be very happy.
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