2018 toyota supra – DOC637646
If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun, but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following.
Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, it looks like the new Toyota Supra is all but official. Toyota’s newest concept car, the 2014 Toyota FT-1 likely previews the new shape and design of the upcoming Supra replacement.
The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987 with the introduction of the first turbocharged 1986-1992 Supra , that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well.
It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late ’90s.
With more info and rumors coming out every day about the next-gen Toyota Supra, it’s only a matter of time before we find out what Toyota really plans to do. Read on to see our thoughts on the matter.
Drawing heavy inspiration from the FT-1 Concept, the major changes in our renderings are based on how the car might look like if it reaches production. Dropping the ultra fancy Formula 1 -style nose from the FT1 at the front, which is admittedly awesome but unfortunately doesn’t seem like something that could go beyond the concept stage, the rendering features a toned-down grill that looks somewhat similar to the GT86.
The naked headlamps are replaced by covered ones — again a move toward a more production-ready version. The blacked-out A-pillars and side air intakes from the FT-1 remain in the renderings, however, the double-bubble roof from the FT-1 is dropped and the greenhouse is now raised slightly, allowing for more interior space and better outside visibility.
Moving to the back, the pop-up spoiler from the FT-1 is replaced by a fixed wing that draws inspiration from the iconic 1993-1998 Toyota Supra MK IV. Similar to the FT-1, the large exhaust pipes are merged into the body on both sides with a new diffuser.
While our renderings are purely speculative and Toyota has so far not commented on its plans for the Supra, the name in itself is a huge and admired icon that Toyota certainly wouldn’t want to waste.
Toyota FT-1 Concept
The potential exterior of the Supra has been previewed many times by various concepts over the last several years. The 2007 Toyota FT-HS concept car was revealed way back in 2007 and was the main catalyst for the Supra revival rumor.
At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the FT-1 concept. While radically different from most of Toyota’s previous concepts, it shares many notable details with the previous FT-HS concept car. When looking at the profile, it’s easy to see the two cars share a similar shape. Notice the cut in the driver’s door, and the similar upward stroke of the character line towards the rear fender vent. Also note the shape and position of the vent in the front fender. The FT-HS features squarer lines and a slightly shorter length, but there is a lot in common visually.
Toyota FT-1 Concept
Moving to the rear, the similarities are more subtle. The taillights may not look identical, but they share a common shape and light profile. The double-bubble roof is also present on both cars, and both cars feature prominent shoulders over the rear tires. Remember that there is a full seven years between these concepts. Having them look this similar is not a coincidence.
If the exterior is any indication, the interior too should be based on the FT-1 Concept’s. However, don’t expect the production car to be as racy as the FT-1 on the inside, as Toyota would need to focus on convenience and luxury too in order to enable the Supra to compete with the likes of the NSX. Major changes to the concept should include a more conventional center stack, a revised dashboard, and a more production-friendly instrument cluster. Though the steering wheel isn’t too wild for a sports car, it will still probably feature a more mundane design in the production model.
Toyota FT-1 Concept
The drivetrain of the new Supra is shrouded in more mystery than nearly any other part of the car. There have been many rumored drivetrain configurations over the years, from turbo four-cylinders to the V-10 from the Lexus LFA and most everything in between. Since this will wear a Toyota badge, a hybrid system is a good bet.
Currently the consensus is a V-6 hybrid system that will produce more than 400 horsepower. The system will likely be very similar to what is currently offered in the 2013 Lexus LS 600h, but will trade the 5.0-liter V-8 for a forced-induction V-6. The same system will likely find its way into other cars in the Lexus stable to offset development costs. The 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept looks a likely candidate.
Suspension and Brakes
Toyota FT-1 Concept
There are no details on brakes or suspension, but we expect the Supra to follow in the footsteps of the FR-S/ GT86 in providing a sporty ride that tends to lean towards the comfort side of the scale. Braking duties will probably be handled by multi-piston disc units on all four corners with a rotor diameter of at least 11.5 inches.
2016 Acura NSX
The NSX is yet another Japanese legend that has been revived after a long absence. But while the next Supra is still a long way off, the NSX has already been unveiled, so we know a bit more about it. Acura also turned to hybrid power for the NSX, dropping a 3.5-liter V-6, three electric motors, and a T-shaped lithium-ion battery in the supercar.
Although Acura has yet to unveil output figures, I expect the NSX to have more than 550 horsepower total and hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. There’s no word on pricing either, but Acura is aiming “within the range of the Audi R8,” which means in excess of $100,000.
Toyota FT-1 Concept
The next-generation Supra is still a rumor as of now, but the FT-1 concept gives us plenty of hope that Toyota indeed wants to revive its most iconic nameplate. It remains to be seen whether it will be as powerful as the NSX or as aggressive as the FT-1, but all I know is Toyota needs to up the ante and make the next-generation Supra a reality. We need it, Toyota needs, and the auto industry will be a happier place once it arrives.
- The Supra legend returns
- Aggressive, supercar-like styling
- Hybrid drivetrain will blend performance with strong fuel economy
- Not yet confirmed for production
- Might not be as powerful as we expect
Updated 12/05/2011: The return of the Supra name has been denied and confirmed by Toyota so many times, it’s equivalent to watching a tennis ball endlessly shooting over the net – back and forth, back and forth. Now, however, that game may finally be coming to a close. During the official debut of the GT 86 , Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, said there was room for a three-tier sports car line-up in the Toyota range, with one car sitting below the 86 and one above it: “Right now the 86 will be a mid-size sports car. I would like to have one smaller and one larger. One would probably be a Supra follower. Nothing has been decided yet. It would [be] like a Supra successor.
We’ll see how long this story rides before Toyota throws another game into the set.
Updated 12/13/2011: MotorTrend has offered new details on the new generation Supra set to be released in 2015. It seems that the car is being tested with a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid system generating over 400 hp. It has also been rumored that the car will feature a design close to the FT-HS concept revealed at the 2007 Detroit show.
Updated 07/03/2012: A few days ago BMW and Toyota signed an agreement for co-developing a new sports car. And now, is reporting that the next generation Toyota Supra could be built using the BMW 6-series architecture: “Anything is possible. The key factor is that the products of both companies retain their own individual character, despite jointly developed technologies.”
Updated 1/14/2014: Toyota revealed its FT-1 concept in Detroit yesterday that we all agree is obviously a preview of what will eventually be a concept version of the next-generation Supra.
Updated 2/3/2014: We have just created several new renderings of the anticipated Supra.