Ever since Toyota discontinued production of the Supra in 1998 (2002 in Japan), they’ve lacked a real sports car. I don’t count the MR2 Spyder, and the Celica was a pseudo-sports car anyway.
The past couple of years have brought along many 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 on 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 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 above 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. If it’s there, rest assured I will have pictures and information for you right here.