Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Toyota Supra is Back. Sort Of. (w/ 19 Photos, Video)

The celebrated Toyota Supra is back, sort of. Shown at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Toyota finally confirms that the Supra badge is back and affixed to a high-performance sportscar co-developed with BMW. The racing concept, dubbed the GR (Gazoo Racing) Supra Racing Concept, it revives the heritage of one of Toyota’s famous sportscars.

The Supra name evokes power, performance, and handling that defined a succession of world-class cars for a quarter of a century. As a thoroughbred sports car, the Toyota Supra built a reputation both as a formidable performer on the road and as an all-conquering machine on the racetrack, dominating Japan's top-level GT racing series and earning legions of fans.

The newest version, the GR Supra Racing Concept continues that tradition and retains a “pure” front-engine/rear-wheel drive set-up and makes use of lightweight materials in its construction.

Created by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, the concept perfectly expresses the "fun to drive" quality that is intrinsic to Toyota's commitment to making ever-better cars. The large "90" race number on its doors is a historical reference to Supra's codename (A90) and a big visual clue to the fact that this concept heralds Supra's return as a fifth-generation model.

The racing concept has a dramatic bodywork design that includes a large rear wing. It makes extensive use of strong but lightweight composite material for elements such as the wide front and rear bumpers, front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts, door mirror housings, and the rear wing. The hood is crafted from the same material and features louvred air inlets. The windscreen and side windows are made of plastic.

The concept’s chassis features a lowered suspension using original equipment (OE) components. BBS racing wheels with a center-nut attachment are fitted with Michelin racing tires. It also uses Brembo racing brakes and has a high-flow racing exhaust.

Inside, the cabin is entirely competition-focused and is fitted with a racing dashboard and OMP driver's seat and safety harness. OMP has also supplied the quick-release steering wheel, mounted on a racing column and equipped with a paddle shift system. The doors are lined with carbon fiber panels and the dashboard includes a racing display. Competition safety requirements are met by a full roll cage and fire extinguishers, and the fuel and brake lines, pedal box, battery, and wiring looms are all designed to competition standard.

The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept will make its debut virtually first as an update in the Gran Turismo Sport this April 2018. The production model of the Supra is expected to appear within 2018.

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
  • Overall Length: 4,574 mm
  • Overall Width: 2,048 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,230 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,470 mm


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  2. How much do you think the Supra will be sold when it comes to the market?

    1. We can't say yet. Depends how much Toyota will sell it for in other countries. Won't be surprised if it'll be in the 2-3M mark.


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