Mercifully, they won’t take as long to develop.
Toyota is on a mission to shake off its reputation for making boring cars that fail to get your pulse racing. We’ve already seen a number of exciting cars from the Japanese manufacturer in recent years, such as the sporty Corolla hatchback, the Yaris GRMN hot hatch, and, of course, the reborn Supra. Speaking of the Supra, a hardcore GRMN version could also be in the pipeline.
Thankfully, the Supra won’t be the last sports car from Toyota in the next few years according to comments made by company boss Akio Toyoda in an interview with Autocar. "SUVs are nice but, at the end of the day, is there anything better than a tight rear-wheel-drive sports car? I hope this won’t be the last Toyota sports car you see from us in the future,” he told the publication after the debut of the revived Supra.
Inevitably, we can’t help but get our hopes up that rumors Toyota is planning to revive the much-loved MR2 and Celica are true. This could still happen in the future, but Toyota is more likely to introduce hotter GR versions of existing models like the GT86, Yaris, and the new Corolla Hatch first. This would support previous rumors that there will be a hot hatch GR version of the Corolla powered by a hybrid 2.0-liter turbo engine producing around 250 horsepower.
While the Supra took an eternity to develop, future Toyota sports cars won’t take as long thanks to the automaker’s modular TNGA platform, which makes developing new bodies with different performance parameters much easier than before. The Supra could be the start of an exciting new era for Toyota.