Toyota has filed for trademark of a new name – ‘S-FR’ – with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), first spotted by AutoGuide. The trademark application is for “automobiles and structural parts thereof”. Toyota filed for the trademark on May 28 and this application could be for the legendary Supra’s successor. The sports car was discontinued in 2002 due to its incapability to adhere to the stringent emission norms.
Previous reports have strongly suggested that the Supra will be reborn, this time in its fifth-generation, and will be based on a platform co-developed with Toyota. In April, it was reported that the sports car will be launched in 2018 and continue with its tradition of bearing a rear-wheel drive chassis. It will sport a turbocharged inline-six engine sourced from the German partner.
Although co-developed, the sports car should be very much of a Toyota, without any German hints. The design and styling can be expected to be inspired from the FT-1 concept car that won hearts of many at its unveiling in Detroit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.