The open-top Toyota GR Supra will debut at the SEMA360 show.
At last year's SEMA Show, Toyota showcased a variety of GR Supra concepts to capitalize on the reborn sports car's recent launch. One of the standouts was the Heritage Edition that incorporated styling cues from previous generation Supras including a rear wing from a MK IV Supra along with new taillights, a new diffuser and front spoiler.
Taking the retro-inspired design a stage further, Toyota is building a new concept called the GR Supra Sport Top that will debut at SEMA360, an online-only event replacing the traditional aftermarket show after it was canceled due to the pandemic. Toyota hasn't shown the concept yet, but a teaser video gives us an idea of what to expect.
Previewed in a design render shown in the teaser video, the GR Supra Sport Top is being built as a companion to the Heritage Edition, incorporating a removable targa roof similar in design to the one that was available for the last-generation Supra.
When the roof is removed, there will be no bar down the middle, meaning this will be a completely open-top Supra. It will also be designed in two pieces, allowing for easy storage in the trunk, and made of composite material. The roof will also be removed remotely using a keyfob. Toyota is also confident a targa roof can be added to the GR Supra without ruining the flow of the sports car's design.
Converting the GR Supra into an open-top sports car will present a number of engineering challenges as the structure will require significant strengthening. As well as adding a targa roof, Toyota has also added a larger front splitter and side sills, as well as a more aggressive diffuser to distinguish it from the standard car. Like the Heritage Edition, it also retains the MKIV Supra's rear wing.
Currently, Toyota doesn't sell a convertible version of the new GR Supra. Removing the roof seems hard to justify when the Supra shares many of its components with the BMW Z4 roadster. Toyota hasn't confirmed if the Sport Top will enter production, but we're not holding our breath. In the meantime, we can't wait to see the finished Supra Sport Top project. This will be one of several concepts Supra is showing off at SEMA360, including a stunning hand-painted art car and a 1,030-hp drift car.