Toyota Consider Reviving the Supra

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In addition to a successor for the Supra, Toyota are also considering a smaller sports car.

Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, the man responsible for the development of the new GT-86, believes that Toyota having a three-tier sports car line-up is a real possibility, with one car above and another below the just introduced sports coupe. Speaking to Drive via an interpreter, he said: ''Right now the 86 will be a mid-size sports car. I would like to have one smaller and one larger. One would probably be a Supra follower. Nothing has been decided yet. It would [be] like a Supra successor.''

Depending on the concept, there could be another joint venture with Subaru although whether the Supra nameplate would be used is anyone's guess. Following the discontinuation of the Supra, Celica and MR2, Toyota is attempting to return to its sports car roots, with cars that are simply 'fun to drive.' Speaking at the Toyota Motor Show last week, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said: "Personally, I love the smell of gasoline and the sound of an engine, so I hope that this type of vehicle never disappears. I hope that motor vehicles will continue to provide dreams and inspiration to people for all eras.

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"I believe that if it is not fun, it is not a car. I truly believe that no matter how advanced cars become, it is important to retain this feeling." Tada admitted that as long as the numbers add up, Toyoda is keen on a Supra replacement. Photos displayed are of the 2013 Toyota GT 86.