Come on Toyota, we already know the reborn Supra exists.
It's no secret that Toyota is collaborating with BMW to develop the all-new Supra, and yet the Japanese automaker has remained strangely silent about its existence lately. We were fully expecting the reborn sports car to be revealed at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, but it was conspicuously absent. When the next-generation Supra is scheduled to arrive is still unknown, but until then we’ll have to settle for swooning over the prototype mule which has once again been spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. Surely, a reveal must be imminent.
It’s safe to say we’ve been waiting patiently for the fifth-generation Supra since it was previewed three years ago by the fetching FT-1 Concept. It's also been 15 years since the Mk IV Supra finished production. The test car featured in this latest spy video features less camouflage, indicating that the final production car’s design will deviate from the concept. It won’t feature the FT-1’s protruding nose that made it look like a shark, for a start. This has been replaced with an aggressive front splitter, and it also appears to be sporting production taillights. Rumors have also suggested the new Supra will be powered a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine developed by BMW.
Combined with hybrid assistance developed by Toyota, this setup is expected to produce at least 350-horsepower. It also won’t be wearing a Toyota badge, and will instead be part of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance sub-brand. Probably wise, since Toyota is still associated with sedate family cars.
We still don’t know exactly when the new Supra will make its world debut, but the sports coupe is expected to launch later next year after the new BMW Z4 roadster. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations after such an agonizingly long wait.