Welcome back. We've only been waiting 16 years.
The Toyota Supra has been out of production for 16 years now, but the iconic sports car has finally made a triumphant return after a long and arduous wait. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing sub-brand lifted the wraps off the new GR Racing Supra Concept, previewing the Supra sports car currently in development in collaboration with BMW, which is due to arrive in 2019. This, therefore, isn't the road-going reborn Supra. Reports suggest we’ll have to wait until the New York Auto Show in April for the road car to break cover.
It does, however, revive the iconic name for the first time in 16 years while “demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market.” At least we now know Toyota’s new sports car will still be branded as a Supra after reports suggested it could adopt a different name. “Yes, the Supra is returning,” Toyota's European boss, Johan van Zyl, said. “This concept is a clear signal of our intent to bring one of our more iconic sports cars back to the circuit. This is designed for the track and is a thoroughbred race car." The GT Supra Racing Concept features a rear-wheel drive configuration and utilizes “advanced lightweight materials” in its construction.
As you would expect for a race car concept, its dramatic design incorporates wide fenders, a prominent rear diffuser and a large, fixed rear wing. Take those racey bits away, and we now have a clear idea of what the final road car should look like. Its chassis features lowered front and rear suspension, as well as a competition-focused interior with a racing dashboard and seats. No technical details have been revealed for the GR Supra Racing Concept. However, Toyota says the concept “perfectly expresses the ‘fun to drive’ quality that is intrinsic to Toyota’s commitment to making ever-better cars.” A large ‘90’ race number adorns the doors as a reference to the Supra’s internal codename.
Owners of the Gran Turismo Sport video game on PS4 will be able to drive the GR Supra Racing Concept in an upcoming free update in April. As for the road-going Supra, previously leaked details suggest it be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 0-62 mph will take 3.8 seconds and the car will reportedly weigh 3,284 pounds.