Ladies and Gentleman, the king of the jungle is reprising his role, and has Godzilla in his sights. So you may have seen the pictures of the prototype debuted a while back in 2007. At the North American International Auto Show the Toyota FT-HS was showcased. Toyota said this car would be powered by a 3.5L V6 engine but would be boosted by an electric engine, the exact same principle as the power plant for the Prius. However there was minor difference, this was to output 400 hp…with 197 hp maximum output from the electric engine! That is basically a 2013 Civic Si.
The catch was they wanted to wait and see how well the FRS/GT-86 sales went. Apparently it did well enough! Because not only is the Supra name coming back, but Toyota has decided to alter their original ”Prius on steroids” plans.
It’s time to bring some old school to the new school, and welcome the 3JZ engine. This will be a 3.5 L inline 6 twin turbocharged monster underneath the hood, with an estimated 560 hp in the base model. To get around the emissions laws it will have a system similar to the Prius but this option can be turned off. Essentially it’s an electric motor that can kick in at highway cruising speeds that will increase mpg along with an active aerodynamics system.
While the exact specs are still a bit fuzzy, we are hearing that it will have an active AWD system as well that will send the masses of hairy chested brutal power to the rear tires, while the front tires will have a small amount of power distributed to them as needed to pull those few extra g’s Toyota needs to outshine the GT-R.
More news to make you drool, the word from Toyota is that it will be more affordable than the GT-R, somewhere in the 50-60k price bracket and have a 2015 release…or possibly sooner! Now all we need is a targa top. What we have here could quite possibly be the best tuner ever created! Stay tuned for more details, and let us know what you think of the concept pictures.
Oh, and by the way, happy April Fool’s Day tomorrow (you really think this would be believable if it was published tomorrow?) But really, let’s get on this Toyota. When/if the Supra MKV is finally released, I’d like to see how close to spec we are.