The Toyota Supra is, at this point, the Kingdom Hearts III of cars—or maybe the Final Fantasy VII remake. Teased endlessly, paraded in tiny, camouflaged doses every so often. We were always told a release date would be nigh, and yet four years after the show-stopping FT-1 concept debuted...nothing. I earned a master’s degree, found a job, moved to a different state, and got fired in the mean time.
Still, we all desperately want to see Toyota follow through.
But the wait is at an end. Yesterday, Toyota sent out yet another teaser on Twitter:
At this point, every auto enthusiast with an Internet connection
probably figured out that, as the ancient legends foretold, the Supra would rise again.
I will admit, the whole ‘racing concept’ line left just enough wiggle-room that my crazed mind treated me to a vision of a new 2000GT. It’ll never happen (though the LFA is kinda a modern take on a halo car), but God, would that be awesome.
Toyota was just vague enough to attempt playful banter. But Autoweek’s basically shut that right down: no need to wonder, the Supra is definitely happening.
Associate Editor Wesley Wren reports that Japan’s Best Car magazine has revealed not only that a Supra is definitely coming, but what its specs will be.
The magazine—which was translated by users of the Supra Mk V forums—reports that the new Supra will be 172.4 inches long, 73 inches wide, 50.8 inches tall, and have a wheelbase of 97.2 inches. That’s roughly 1 inch taller and 5.4 inches shorter than the last Supra.
Also, Best Car confirmed that the Supra will use a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, mated (sadly) to an 8-speed auto. UPDATE: I initially didn’t have power or torque figures, but user ‘pip bip—needs a car badly!’ shared a link to an Australian motoring site that revealed the engine will develop 250 kW and 450 NM, or 335 hp and 332 lb-ft.
It will have a curb weight of 3,284 lbs. Mr. Wren speculates that this means the Supra will be a well-equipped grand-tourer, rather than a supercar. However, this is in keeping with the Supra’s roots: it was intended as a luxury sports car/GT car; its thanks to its legendarily over-built drivetrain and stellar chassis engineering that the Mk IV Supra was elevated to deific status.
At the moment, all we have to ponder and gaze upon—beyond the endless barrage of camo photos—is that teaser image and still shots of the FT-1 concept (though I have no problem losing time looking at the latter). Still, the time of wishful thinking is almost over.
The reunion at hand may bring joy. It may bring fear. But let us embrace whatever it brings. For the Supra is coming back. At last, the promise has been made.