The iconic Toyota Supra is said to make a comeback later this decade. Toyota Motor Corporation and BMW Group’s strategic collaboration includes joint development of architecture and components of a future sports vehicle, and joint research and development of lightweight technologies. The forthcoming sports car from Toyota will be one of the outcomes of the collaboration.
The Toyota Supra’s future has been under speculation ever since the Toyota FT-HS concept was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Reports on the subject have been steady especially since last year, after the Toyota FT-1 concept was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.
The FT-1 concept will be followed by another concept next year, which will eventually be put into production, possibly later this decade. This was revealed to Motoring.com.au by Tetsuya Tada, General Manager and Chief Engineer, Sports Vehicle Management Division, Toyota Motor Corporation. Mr. Tada didn’t say when the new “surprise” concept will debut, but from the timing of the previous two concepts, it can be said that the debut may take place at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January.
“There are so many high-end sport cars available in the world with 700 horsepower or more (that are) not so special anymore, Mr. Tada said. “So we try to realise something new and a new surprise for customers. Nobody will expect or imagine the new technology,” he said.
“That kind of horsepower (700 hp) makes no sense for our car. Almost all customers are not like professional racing drivers. They just want to enjoy, to feel something fun,” Tada added.
Lightweight technologies and superior aerodynamics-focused designing has proved in the recent years that less horsepower doesn’t equate to less performance in absoluteness. Mr. Tada didn’t take a second in affirming that the new sports car, which he referred to as the ‘big brother’ of the Toyota 86, would be better than a Porsche.
High performance, advanced technologies, top-notch driving dynamics and bold visual appeal – all, makes one think of Lexus naturally. “It’s easy to imagine it could be close to Lexus. It’s difficult to position it (without getting into Lexus’ territory), yes,” Tada said.