Toyota Supra fans, you were not having visions. There really is a new Supra coming, which Toyota obliquely confirmed in the press release for the new GR Supra Racing Concept that’s being shown off at the Geneva Motor Show. Sad news is, it doesn’t look like Toyota brought the road version along for the ride. If you booked a ticket or a hotel (or both), though, the Supra Racing Concept is a pretty decent consolation prize. (Plus, there’s... lots of other awesome cars there.) And besides, combined with the not-so-spy shots of the road-going version that have been spotted all over the world, it’s enough to get a rough idea of what the new Supra will look like. Fueled by a mix of nostalgia and, of course, a heavy dose of love for The Fast and The Furious, sports car fans have been pining for a new Supra for decades now. And it really is coming, thanks to a partnership with BMW that started a few years ago. But the process of getting the car designed, built, and … [Read more...] about The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is a big, pretty consolation prize
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Over in Switzerland, the Geneva International Motor Show got underway on Tuesday morning. Switzerland has no real domestic car industry, so it's neutral territory for the world's car companies. That's made Geneva the marquee event on the calendar, where OEMs bring out their biggest reveals of the year in an attempt to steal headlines from one another. Sadly, we're not there on the ground this year—I did get an invite from Lamborghini which we had to decline due to our junket policy—but the wonders of the Internet mean we're still able to bring you the highlights. And what an array of new reveals to choose from! There's something for everyone, whether you like pint-sized urban electric vehicles, four-door luxury coupes, or new hybrid or electric SUVs. You can even go all the way up to multimillion-dollar hypercars, several of which aren't even going to be road legal. Something small and electric for your commute? At the smallest end of the scale, Mercedes-Benz brought its … [Read more...] about Tiny EVs, four-door coupes, and a new Supra star at the Geneva Motor Show
It’s hard to believe now, but Toyota once had a fleet of sporty cars.Standing head and shoulders above all of the Celicas, MR2s, and Corolla AE86s was the Supra. Over a career spanning 24 years and four generations, the Supra proved that Toyota had a soul.The Supra went out of production in 2002, and Toyota has definitely lost its soul since then. Good news, though: Yahoo! Autos reports that a new Supra is on the way!Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda is reportedly pushing the project as part of his ongoing effort to get more exciting cars into the hands of customers. Toyota’s new chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada, has also expressed interest in a flagship sports car for the brand, one that could slot above the GT86 (aka Scion FR-S) in the lineup.However, this new Supra could be a different kind of exciting.Old Supras, specifically the 1992-2002 Mark IV (as seen in The Fast & The Furious), were known for their powerful turbocharged engines and rear-wheel drive chassis. Yet … [Read more...] about New Toyota Supra could ditch turbos and stick shift for batteries and carbon fiber
Toyota hasn’t given up on cool just yet. The Japanese automaker has historically built all kinds of exciting sports cars, reaching all the way back to the 2000 GT of the 1960s. But until the recent debut of the Scion FR-S two-door, rear-wheel drive sports car, Toyota’s focus has been aimed towards family-hauling hybrids.But that could all change.A Toyota insider has reportedly informed Motor Trend that a new Toyota Supra is on its way – most likely set to unveil in 2017.BMW and Toyota – of all companies – recently penned a collaboration deal to produce some sports cars. Motor Trend reports the new Supra would be built off a beefed-up version of the Scion FR-S platform. It’s widely speculated that this forthcoming Supra and the yet-to-be-announced next-generation BMW Z4 would share this platform as a part of the aforementioned deal.Excitingly for us drivetrain dorks, the Supra could be powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine hybrid system … [Read more...] about Is Toyota ready to cast off its boring hybrid shackles and give birth to a new Supra?
Please, make it stop.A rumor of a new Toyota Supra sports car seems to surface every day, but they might be leading somewhere. High-ranking Toyota officials told Autoblog that the Japanese carmaker will bring a Supra concept to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and that this concept will be broadly similar to a planned production version.Such a concept would be shock not because it would signal that dowdy Toyota is serious about building performance cars, but because it would finally stop the rumor mill.It all started back in 2007, when Toyota unveiled the FT-HS hybrid sports car concept in Detroit. Fans and journalists saw this sleek two-door and immediately thought “Supra”. The iconic model left quite a hole in Toyota’s lineup when it left the U.S. market in 1998.Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda subsequently declared that the company should build “more exciting cars.” This inspired the compact “Toyobaru” GT86/Scion FR-S sports car and – according to … [Read more...] about Will Toyota unveil a Supra sports car concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show?
If there’s one car that can make enthusiasts’ ears perk up, it’s the Toyota Supra. Fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the car that helped make the 1990s the golden age of Japanese performance, and propelled the late Paul Walker to Fast and Furious fame.But what if the next Supra isn’t called a Supra at all? The eagle-eyed Internet denizens of the SupraMKV forum noted that Toyota recently registered the name “S-FR” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and theorize that’s what the company’s next sports car could actually be called.Toyota on May 28 filed its application for the name for “automobiles and structural parts thereof,” but that doesn’t guarantee it will be used on an actual car.The name S-FR certainly fits a sports car. “S” could stand for everything from “sport” to, yes, “Supra,” while “FR” likely stands for “front engine, rear-wheel … [Read more...] about Toyota trademarks S-FR name, fueling more Supra rumors
The phrase “Toyota sports car” seems oxymoronic, but there was a time when Japan’s largest automaker was known for making cars that were as great to drive as they were reliable.Amid the myriad 2000GTs, AE-86 Corollas, and Celica GT-Fours, one name stood out: Supra.The Supra is to Toyota fans what the 370Z and GT-R are to Nissan fans, but it’s been out of production since 2002.Without an exciting halo model, Toyota has developed a reputation for blandness and lack of imagination in the decade since, which is why fans – and even company officials – have pined for a new Supra.It’s also why Toyota has done more than a little hinting about a next-gen Supra, including telling AutoBlog that a Supra concept is destined for a reveal at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.To prepare for that possibility, here’s all the gossip on the new Supra. PowertrainThe new Supra will most likely be defined by its powertrain. While previous Supras were known … [Read more...] about Old name, new tech: Toyota Supra rumor roundup
Anticipation for Toyota’s Supra successor is about as high as it gets for a new sports car. Years of rumors, teasers, and finally, concepts has built enthusiasm for the follow-up to one of the best front-engine, rear-wheel drive cars ever to come out of Japan.Enthusiasts were rewarded last year when Toyota introduced its FT-1 Concept at the Detroit Motor Show, and if the latest word from the automaker’s sports car division head is true, we can expect to see a new, more production-ready concept early next year. Tetsuya Tada was careful not to give an exact date for the concept’s reveal, but January’s Detroit Motor Show seems like a fitting timeline.Tada hinted that the FT-1 replacement will use a sequential gearbox and a powertrain that won’t try to break any horsepower records. Instead, the Supra concept will be designed to deliver a fun-first driving experience.“There are so many high-end sport cars available in the world with 700 horsepower or more … [Read more...] about Toyota gets serious about its Supra, will preview a production-ready concept in 2016
Toyotas are boring cars. Many people buy them, but not because they are interesting. Toyotas have many fine qualities, such as great fuel economy and apocalypse-proof reliability, but they’re about as desirable as a manila envelope. Even CEO Akio Toyoda had to admit that this was a problem; he recently demanded that the company build “more exciting vehicles.” The first Toyota-branded vehicle to come out of the new regime is the redesigned Avalon, which debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show.The current Avalon is pretty bland, so Toyota tried to liven up the styling of this 2013 model. The new Avalon is a bit smaller, but that is because of a faster roofline and shorter overhangs. The gaping grille looks much more aggressive, as does the Lexus GS-like rear end. The fenders also get some muscular flares. The reskin is courtesy of Toyota’s California design studio, Calty. It’s not the prettiest sedan in the world, but it is a huge departure from the old … [Read more...] about Toyota reinvents itself with the new Avalon
Interest in the Toyota Supra is peaking now that we know a brand-new model is right around the corner. Toyota isn’t ready to show us the car yet, so it’s a good time to revisit some of its awesome predecessors, and the performance they’re capable of delivering with the right modifications. Just as a warning: The video below contains NSFW language.That Racing Channel recently featured a highly modified fourth-generation Supra that can make big-name supercars run away while screaming “mommy!” It’s equipped with a 3.2-liter, straight-six engine tuned to produce 1,400 horsepower in its most basic configuration. Once drivetrain losses are factored in, the Supra puts down about 1,250 horses at the rear wheels. The owner points out that’s with the nitrous oxide injection system turned off; turning it on takes performance to a whole new level.Dialing that kind of power into a stock engine is a near-certain way to destroy it. It’s like building a … [Read more...] about 1,400-horsepower Toyota Supra gets us excited for the next-gen model