Toyota is ready to stun the 2018 Geneva Motor Present with the revealing of a racing idea model of the all-new Supra, and an official teaser picture has been launched.
Entitled “The Legend Returns” the picture reveals what’s described as “a contemporary racing idea”, designed to “sign Toyota’s dedication to bringing its most iconic sports activities automotive again to market”.
Initially, it was anticipated that the ultimate manufacturing model of the Supra could be proven on the Swiss new automotive occasion, nevertheless it’s not clear but whether or not we’ll be seeing a showroom-spec automotive alongside the racing mannequin.
During the last 12 months, Toyota bosses have been drip-feeding details about the brand new sports activities automotive, developed collectively with BMW. We have now been instructed that it will not be offered with Toyota badges, and can as an alternative function the Gazoo Racing nameplate.
Insiders declare that the brand new Supra will are available in 4 totally different states of tune; as the essential Supra, as a Supra GR, as a Supra GR Sport, and eventually as a Supra GRMN. Anticipate a big hole in efficiency and value between the bottom Supra and the GR sport, with variations in suspension tune additionally seemingly.
“The Supra might be by Gazoo,” efficiency division boss Shigeki Tomoyama instructed Auto Specific late final 12 months. The information comes after it transpired that the Gazoo Racing staff grew to become extra closely concerned within the automotive’s improvement – after Toyota president Akio Toyoda examined the automobile and determined it wanted to be “extra cell”. Prototype vehicles have since been given extra of an edge to what was a reasonably benign preliminary set-up.
The Supra’s sister automobile, the BMW Z4, is anticipated in showrooms subsequent 12 months, however Tomoyama hinted that the Gazoo creation could not arrive till the second half of 2019.
Whereas the BMW might be offered solely as a convertible, the Supra might be a fixed-roof coupe. It’s seemingly that the Gazoo-badged automotive will use larger, six-cylinder engines, too.
Because the proprietor of a 600bhp carbon fibre-bodied previous-generation Supra, Gazoo boss Tomoyama mentioned that the brand new automotive might want to entice followers of the traditional fashions.
“The brand new automotive has to attraction to the prevailing house owners first,” he instructed us. “The outdated vehicles had a straight-six engine, twin turbos and rear-wheel drive; the brand new automotive will need to have the identical philosophy.”
There’s an opportunity Toyota and Gazoo will look to their Le Mans race vehicles for added hybrid tech. The brand new mannequin is claimed to weigh between 1,200kg and 1,500kg, with Gazoo utilizing the BMW M4 Coupe and Porsche 911 as benchmarks.
As with all different GR fashions, such because the Yaris GRMN, the corporate will provide an intensive vary of aftermarket tuning components for the brand new sports activities automotive. Costs might be introduced nearer to the automotive’s showroom debut.
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