Toyota Is Working On A Roadgoing Supercar

Rumor / 14 Comments

But it may wear a Lexus badge. We're not complaining.

Before the first-generation GR86 came along, the most exciting thing about Toyota was the admirable trunk space provided by the 4Runner. Now it makes at least three cars we'd happily sell a kidney for. These include the GR Supra, GR Corolla, and the ultimate forbidden fruit, the GR Yaris.

If there's one automotive executive that deserves a crisp high-five, it's Akio Toyoda. Many moons ago, he promised that Toyota would stop producing boring cars and he's already over-delivered on that promise. Yet it seems that he's not done yet.

A recently discovered design patent submitted to the European Union Intellectual Property Office is a dead ringer for the Toyota GR GT3 Concept unveiled earlier this year. Minus the obnoxious rear wing, of course.

European Union Intellectual Property Office
European Union Intellectual Property Office
European Union Intellectual Property Office

The patent images reveal nothing more than the exterior design. Toyota has dropped the enormous rear wing in favor of a subtle spoiler behind the back window. However, it appears that the patent is simply for the overall shape of the car - the wing mirrors, louvers, exhausts, splitter, canards, diffuser, and exhaust exits all but confirm that this is not what a roadgoing version would look like.

This patent is not proof that Toyota is going Porsche hunting with a GT3 rival. It has spoken about the GR GT3 Concept before, hinting that it might be the basis of a Lexus GT3 racing car. That means a roadgoing version is far from confirmed, even though Toyota was happy to state that it intends to build a running prototype before the end of the year.

European Union Intellectual Property Office
European Union Intellectual Property Office
6 Awesome Restomod Jeeps
6 Awesome Restomod Jeeps
9 Chinese Copycat Cars That Angered Automakers
9 Chinese Copycat Cars That Angered Automakers

There could be something to the rumors that the concept car was a preview for the all-new Lexus RC. The RC is due for replacement, and this might be it. We're pretty surprised at how radical Toyota kept the design. Apart from the massive rear wing, the design has been carried over. The wing might even make a comeback for the inevitable go-faster model.

It might even be a Toyota because the design does not include Lexus' famous spindle grille. Is there room above the GR Supra for a Toyota GT? We think a high-end Toyota performance car is much cooler than a Lexus GT, but that's just us.

Either way, Toyota has given us something epic to look forward to.

Toyota
Toyota
Toyota
Source Credits: Car and Driver

Join The Discussion

Gallery

8
Photos

Related Cars

Back
To Top