New Toyota Supra: Specs leaked before Geneva race car debut

Toyota will excite car enthusiasts the world over at this year"s Geneva Motor Show, giving us our first glimpse of the new Supra with a "modern racing concept" version. But prior to that, it appears the production car"s all-important powertrain details have leaked out. 

A scanned copy of the March edition of Japan"s Best Car magazine, posted on the VW Vortex forum, reveal that the Japanese-spec car features a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six putting out 330bhp and 450Nm of torque, with an extra 50Nm added in with an overboost function. A 0-62mph time is quoted at 3.8 seconds. Power is said to be put down through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, though it"s not clear yet if a manual will also be available.

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The leaked report also suggests that the new Supra is 4.38m long, 1.86m wide and 1.29m tall, with a 2.47m wheelbase. The six-cylinder variant is said to weigh just under 1,500kg. Previous reports have suggested that a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder motor would also be offered, and shared with the next BMW Z4. 

Entitled "The Legend Returns", the previous teaser image shows a coupe concept with a large racing-spec wing on the back, designed to "signal Toyota"s commitment to bringing its most iconic sports car back to market". Initially, it was expected that the final production version of the Supra would be shown at the Swiss new car event, but it"s not clear yet whether we"ll be seeing a showroom-spec car alongside the racing model. 

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Over the last year, Toyota bosses have been drip-feeding information about the new sports car, developed jointly with BMW. We have been told that it won"t be sold with Toyota badges, and will instead feature the Gazoo Racing nameplate. 

Insiders claim that the new Supra will come in four different states of tune; as the basic Supra, as a Supra GR, as a Supra GR Sport, and finally as a Supra GRMN. Expect a significant gap in performance and price between the base Supra and the GR sport, with variations in suspension tune also likely. 

“The Supra will be by Gazoo,” performance division boss Shigeki Tomoyama told Auto Express late last year. The news comes after it transpired that the Gazoo Racing team became more heavily involved in the car’s development – after Toyota president Akio Toyoda tested the vehicle and decided it needed to be “more mobile”. Prototype cars have since been given more of an edge to what was a fairly benign initial set-up.

The Supra’s sister vehicle, the BMW Z4, is expected in showrooms next year, but Tomoyama hinted that the Gazoo creation may not arrive until the second half of 2019.

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While the BMW will be sold only as a convertible, the Supra will be a fixed-roof coupe. As the owner of a 600bhp carbon fibre-bodied previous-generation Supra, Gazoo boss Tomoyama said that the new car will need to attract fans of the classic models.

“The new car has to appeal to the existing owners first,” he told us. “The old cars had a straight-six engine, twin turbos and rear-wheel drive; the new car must have the same philosophy.”

There’s a chance Toyota and Gazoo will look to their Le Mans race cars for added hybrid tech in future powertrains. The new model is said to weigh between 1,200kg and 1,500kg, with Gazoo using the BMW M4 Coupe and Porsche 911 as benchmarks.

As with all other GR models, such as the Yaris GRMN, the company will offer an extensive range of aftermarket tuning parts for the new sports car. Prices will be announced closer to the car’s showroom debut.

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