• Jun 24th 2010 at 3:28PM
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Toyota FT-HS Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Knowing how long it takes to get a car from clean-sheet to showroom, we have a tough time believing that automakers can simply turn new car programs on and off seemingly every quarter. The rumor is back, at least in Autocar, that Toyota is working on a new MR2 and a hybrid Supra. A cursory glance through the Autoblog archives has found no less than eight stories on the return and demise and return of the Supra, going back to 2006 (here, here, here, here, here, here and here).

The latest "evidence" is that with hybrid sales on the upswing, the idea of a V6 hybrid sports car makes sense. Again. However, it's being developed alongside the FT-86, a car that appears to be resurrected only so that it can be delayed. The most recent date for seeing either car is 2013.

It's suggested that the MR2 will get a 1.5-liter hybrid, following the template of the popular-in-Japan Honda CRZ. According to the report, though, the MR2 "is the pet project of Hiromu Naruse, Toyota's chief test driver." Sadly, Naruse died this week while testing another one of his pet projects, the Lexus LFA. Being only in the stage of a "pet project" and having lost its leader, the only truth about a new MR2 might be that it's on hold again. Or maybe not – stay tuned next week when we announce the new RX-7 and NSX are officially a go...

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      All for a new Supra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NO!!! MORE!!! HYBRIDS!!!

      Just bring out lightweight, affordable, well-performing models that get decent gas mileage. If the MINI Cooper S can get ~37mpg in the 2011 iteration, and various Accords and Camry's can get 34-35mpg, you can build a lightweight sports car that gets into the 40s on the highway with little to no effort. Just STOP IT WITH THE HYBRID CRAP ALREADY!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      they must be getting desperate. the Supra was the best car they ever made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota could use some intended acceleration in its line up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *GRAIN OF SALT* Now, if Toyota has ANY BRAINS, ANY BRAINS, they will make these cars real and happen. The same goes for Honda and Mazda. The return of the NSX and RX7 would help turn things around. A great, desirable and memorable halo car helps sell the rest of their cars. Something that EVERY company seems to have forgotten
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please Toyota..... F everyone else just do this one thing for me thats all I ask

      A MR2 lightweight turbo and a TwinTurbo Supra.... I beg of you. You built the awesome LFA so I KNOW you can makes these.

      Pretty please ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG the Supra rumors again. Complete with hybrid BS!! I don't believe a word of it. I thought that the rumors of the "next Acura NSX" that went on for a decade were irritating, but this is a whole new level.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All I see is "blah blah blah" in that story... just another Toyota rumor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic
        Screw that, build all of them I say! MR, Supra and FT-86! Come on Toyota, pull your finger outya arse and amaze us. Remember when Toyota actually had awesome sport cars? Remember...
        • 5 Years Ago

        The FT-86/FR-S/Celica is delayed and obfuscated.

        Try building ONE good affordable performance car, first. Don't jump the gun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I could trust that they wouldn't BOTCH all of them, I would agree that they should build them all.

        I would LOVE an MR2 coupe redux, with the Subaru boxer amidships, driving the rear wheels. I would save up to buy it.

        But they haven't shown the competence to even put ONE performance car on the market yet, for a long time, and I am not yet convinced that they'll do that correctly.

        and, BTW... Subaru hasn't put a coupe on the market with a boxer under the hood, for 10 years. Toyota is approaching the same mark, since the point that they cancelled the Celica and MR2-Spyder that failed at being even close to as practical to own as a Miata. That isn't exactly a high threshold to clear.

        Toyota's affordable performance has atrophied in a coma for a long time. After that much time, you don't just stand up and run. You have to re-learn how to walk first. At this point they are barely showing signs of even starting to wake up. And running(-away) Toyotas might not be a good thing to really bring up, right now.

        IS-F with a nice engine, but an automatic gearbox doesn't impress me. The IS chassis could have spawned a Supra LONG before now, if there was the corporate understanding of how to do that again. Putting a FWD drivetrain in the middle of a car isn't that hard, either... and again, Toyota seems to have forgotten how, and has been having Lotus do that for them, at some additional mark-up.

        LF-A may have nicely woven CF bits... and a hand-built engine... but if that, and the FT-86 concept is the best that Toyota's various design studios can do, I am not impressed enough to look forward to three new performance RWD cars, after a very long dry-spell.

        I'd rather see them get something right, first. THEN build on that.

        They haven't even nailed down a price point, or specifications, OFFICIALLY, of the FT-86/FR-S/Celica project yet, and Subaru barely acknowledges that they are even working on it behind closed doors.

        The proof is in the pudding, and the table isn't even set yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota are you listening? Nobody wants a hybrid Supra.

      If GM can build a 24mpg highway Z06 with 505hp for $75K, you can build a Supra with similar numbers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd tend to agree with the non-hybrid portion of the package. My dad's C6 corvette gets 32 miles per gallon! that's better than my V6 and over 230hp more....of course if it were my vette the mpg gallon wouldn't be so high.
      • 5 Years Ago
      About time Toyota focused on the sports cars a little.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait and watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Big in Japan, big in Japan, not big in America... Big in Japan!"

      Actually, I think both of these cars would do well in US, I just wanted to say that...
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