The reborn Toyota Supra will make its dynamic debut at Goodwood this week.
There’s been a lot of speculation about the reborn Toyota Supra, but the Japanese automaker has finally confirmed the iconic sports car will stay “faithful to its distinguished heritage as a pure, sports car thoroughbred” by using a front-mounted inline-six engine, with power being sent exclusively to the rear wheels. No other details were revealed, but the six-cylinder unit is believed to be a BMW-sourced, turbocharged 3.0-liter engine tuned to deliver 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
The confirmation comes after Toyota revealed last week that the new Supra will make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week. Ahead of its public debut, Toyota has released some new details about the car’s appearance, as well as a new teaser image of the Supra alongside its racecar counterpart, the GR Supra Racing Concept. As before, the car is covered in black, red, and white camouflage, representing the colors of the Toyota Gazoo Racing brand. Sadly, the camouflage won’t be coming off at Goodwood, because the car at the show will still be a prototype. Don’t think the Supra’s public debut will just be a static display, however.
Toyota confirmed the prototype will tackle the famous Goodwood Hillclimb course, marking the car’s dynamic debut. It will be driven by the Supra’s Chief Engineer Testuya Tada and Toyota’s “master driver” Herwig Daenens, a Dutch racer who has ties to Toyota’s European motorsports program. You’ll be able to see the Japanese sports car in action every day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs this week from July 11 to 15. Hopefully it will help ease the wait for the production-spec Supra’s arrival, as the Japanese sports car is expected to arrive in showrooms during the first half of next year.
The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept, Yaris GRMN, multiple rally-winning Yaris WRC, and the Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid LMP1 racer will also be showcased at the event.