Ever since Toyota discontinued production of the Supra in 1998 (2002 in Japan,) they’ve been lacking a real sports car. I don’t count the MR2 Spyder, and the Celica was a pseudo-sports car anyway.
The past couple years have brought along a lot of rumors regarding a new Supra, but nothing so far has been confirmed. AutoExpress got some more information and concept pictures regarding the next Supra.
Based off of the Lexus LF-A concept shown a few years ago, it is rumored to use the Lexus GS450h’s 341 bhp 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain instead of the LF-A’s 500 bhp 4.8-liter V10. The 3.5-liter V6 should be powering the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed sequential auto transmission.
The Supra Concept is said to have the amazing ability to sprint from 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds, hit a top speed in excess of 170 mph, and still get around 30 mpg. The concept should debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2007 and go on sale the following October.
Hopefully we will get the chance to see it at the Chicago Auto Show in February as well. If it’s there, rest assured I will have pictures and information for you right here.