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Supra come back in 2015!

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/the-60000-supra-car-comeback/story-fn9xzwow-1226345894882

 

TOYOTA continues to rediscover its long-vanished mojo with another affordable sports car - the Supra - poised to make a comeback.

Since the Supra, Celica and MR-2 were culled, Toyota's line-up has looked pretty drab. The everyman's sports car theme has been only recently rekindled by the Toyota 86, co-developed with Subaru.

The FT-HS - a new, more socially acceptable hybrid sports car that goes back to a 2007 concept - points the way forward. Stillborn thanks to the GFC, its spirit has survived in the coming Supra successor.

On-again, off-again, the Supra project is very much back on the drawing board and will inherit some of the design hints from the FT-HS, especially the edges and sharp angles in this artist's interpretation.

The bodywork of the Supra successor will incorporate some of the FT-HS's design language but it will be dropped on to GRMN's MRS chassis, a working concept car pictured here being tested at Fuji Speedway.

 

GRMN stands for Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring. It takes its name from Nurburgring guru Hiromu Naruse, Toyota's late godfather of sports car development. GRMN races the Lexus LFA and Scion FRS at the fabled German track.

Unlike the rear-drive 86, the new sports coupe will use a 4WD drivetrain and generate more than 300kW from a mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 hybrid set-up mated to a constantly variable transmission lifted from the new Lexus RX.

Tuned for higher performance, the engine drives the rear wheels while in-wheel electric motors power the fronts. This writer tested an early prototype back in 2002. The converted 4WD MR2 was powered by a 3.3-litre V6 from Toyota's Harrier SUV, mated to the company's well-known THS hybrid system. The coupe was exceptionally quick while its 4WD system delivered phenomenal grip in the corners.

As we have seen with projects such as the LFA, Toyota can take up to 10 years to bring sports cars to market.

It is no secret that company CEO Akio Toyoda - weekend racer, sports car addict and the driving force behind the $700,000 LFA - is behind the Supra successor.

If Toyoda-san has his way and the economy shows signs of recovery, the new coupe will be on showroom floors by late 2015 for less than $60,000.

 

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yay Toyota not exactly a new supra but i guess its a start

 

looks at nissan*

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Thats a different pic to what they had in the car guide today. Actually i think they had that pic and a different one. The other one was a little better. You could really see the JZA80 headlights in the new concept version.

Still needs a lot of work though. My old man has a mate who is pretty high up in Toyota Aus and from what he said Toyota are pretty keen to get this rolling after the FT86 is on the market.

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3.5l mid mounted v6 with 4wd and cvt.

Mr Toyota needs to think of a different name.because I see no supra bloodlines present.

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Gentleman. Welcome to the end of the era of good looking cars.

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Anyone have the other pic they could post up of it?? cant seem to find it..

 

and this car doesnt sound like a supra at all..should be RWD at least

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all i see is an 86...

oh it it has no roof tho

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It has potential.

I quite like it. Nice front, although the AWD system can go, put in a turbo 6 and we have a winner.

No in wheel electric motors please.

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I can live with it. The important thing, to me, is that it's a sportscar, and it's carrying on the lineage (even if not rwd, even if mid-engined).

 

Better to have these new models than more of the same hot hatches, mini-SUV's and people-movers. Not everyone's cup of tea, but i'm sure the Z models had some critics prior to launch, shit even the 350z and R35 gtr did and I think we can all agree we grew to like em, even if not for how they looked, for what they represented.

 

Think beyond the 'now' - The story is far from over...

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dump hybrid V6 and replace with worked 2JZ

manufacturers need to get back to their roots.

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It looks like an awesome shape, maybe a bit ferrari 355, but they have that ridiculous angry transformer face thing going on with the headlights and grille.

 

Some simple 90's tapered/square headlights would do wonders.

 

Also, I call bs on

Edited by Spazo

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