Toyota Teases New Hardcore, Race-Inspired Sports Car Concept


We would have preferred a long overdue update on the new Supra, Toyota.

A few months ago, Toyota outlined plans to launch a range of sports cars under its new GR sub-brand using a three-tier system. While the entry-level GR Sport range lets you upgrade existing models like the Prius and Noah MPV with aftermarket parts including reworked suspension, aluminium pedals, and unique paint schemes, the range-topping GRMN class is where you’ll find high performance sports cars like the reborn Supra, presumably.

After revealing the GR HV at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, essentially a hybrid 86 with a targa top, Toyota has teased a new hardcore motorsport-derived sports car known as the GR Super Sport. Details are scarce for now. All we have to go on is a shadowy teaser image showing what looks like a road-going LMP racer, with a low-slung profile that looks similar to the TS050 Hybrid, a long shark fin and a fixed rear wing. No powertrain details were given, but we can probably expect a mid-mounted engine with hybrid tech. Toyota’s Gazoo Racing also revealed that the GR Super Sport concept originated from its participation in the World Endurance Championship.

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Toyota says the car illustrates a “24 Hours of Nurburgring 2018 vehicle,” and showcases “how technological feedback acquired through motorsports activities is incorporated.” That’s the only details Toyota has shared so far, but more will be revealed when the GR Super Sport is showcased at next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon in January where it will be joined by the TS050 Hybrid, Yaris WRC, and some of Toyota’s road-going GR models like the 86 GR and Yaris GRMN. What we’re really waiting for is a long overdue update on the new reborn Supra (or whatever Toyota decides to call it), but it sadly won’t be appearing at the Tokyo Auto Salon or Detroit Auto Show next month.