Toyota ponders resurrecting the Supra
Toyota is considering reviving the Supra sports car with an all-new model that could hit showrooms by late 2015, according to reports on the internet.
The Japanese manufacturer is making a comeback to the sector, after several years without a sports car in its range following the deletion of the MR-2 and Celica. The upcoming GT86 coupe will launch in the UK this year on 1 July, priced from £24,995.
A restyled sibling of the GT86, named the Subaru BRZ, will also go on sale during the same month starting at the same price as the Toyota.
The original Toyota Supra was first produced all the way back in 1979; the fourth and last generation model was built between 1992 and 2002. The Supra managed to gain iconic status thanks in part to its repeated appearances in video games and in movies.
Around the time the last Supra was being manufactured, Toyota sold other sports cars like the MR2 Spyder, and the Celica coupe. However both of these models were pulled off the market back in 2006, as Toyota turned their attention towards its hybrid technology and high volume family cars.
Toyota distanced itself further from performance-focused cars when it ended its participation in Formula One at the end of 2009.
Now however Toyota has signalled its return to building sports cars with the GT86, and rumours suggest that the car's positive reception will encourage a revival of the Supra name.
Reports say the new Supra will be based on the GRMN concept revealed last year, a four-wheel petrol-electric hybrid which featured a modified MR2 chassis.
Like this concept the new Supra could use a 245bhp 3.5-litre V6 in combination with an electric motor which drives the front wheels and means a total power output of around 300bhp.
Some reports suggest a second electric motor could be inserted to boost the power output to nearly 400bhp. UK pricing for the new Toyota Supra could start from roughly £70,000.
By the time the new Toyota Supra launches it could be in direct competition with Honda, set to revive the NSX supercar, which was scrapped back in 2005.
First reported towards the end of 2011, a hybrid concept of the new NSX was revealed by Honda at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show back in January.
This concept will form the basis for a production version that will go on sale across the globe 'within three years' according to Honda.