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Toyota Plots More Extreme Supra

Gazoo Racing could have its way with the new Supra.

Sports-car fans have had just cause to anticipate the arrival of the new Toyota Supra. After all, the last one was a veritable icon of '90s performance, the recent concept looked pretty sweet, the 86 could use a big brother, and the new production model is being co-developed with BMW (which will turn its version into the new Z4). But when the new Supra arrives, it may not be the top version. The program's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada (who previously lead the 86 project for Toyota) indicated to Motoring Research that an even more potent and capable version could be in the cards.

That model would get the full GRMN treatment – those letters standing for Gazoo Racing, Meisters of the Nurburgring, having already adorned the Yaris GRMN hot hatch and soon to yield a new hypercar (previewed by the GR Super Sport concept). “I would like to see something like that eventually,” said Tada-san when asked if a GRMN Supra is in the works. “We are preparing for it.” That's about as close to straight-up confirmation as we could expect at this point. As it is, the Supra is set to be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six sourced from BMW and kicking out somewhere in the neighborhood of 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

That's tipped to be enough to propel the revived sports car to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It wouldn't be out of the question, then, to see the GRMN version developing more like 400 hp to crack into the three-second range. And it'd almost certainly pack other performance upgrades to go with the increase in power, including a stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes and rolling stock, and more aggressive aero. But it may be some time before we find out for sure.

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