Every sighting of a MkIV Toyota Supra compels a wistful pause and the rhetorical query, "Ah, Toyota... what happened?" The FT-HS concept has been adorning auto show plinths since 2007, taking rumblings of a Supra successor everywhere it went. Last December, four years of hoping out loud led to Motor Trend reporting a Supra return with a 3.5-liter V6, perhaps to be ready in 2015. For any chance of that happening, the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S needed to do well.

Seven months later Toyota's little 300-horsepower coupe is still accelerating enthusiast hearts, and in May of this year MT added hybrid mechanicals, 400 horsepower, a CVT from the Lexus RX and a $60,000 price to its earlier report of a Supra redux.

A new report in Asia One doesn't divulge details, but does make it appear that a new Supra is inevitable: at a European event for the FR-S, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said, "The president (Akio Toyoda) has asked me to make a successor to the Supra as soon as possible." This could be revisionist history, but the larger plan according to Tada has been that the GT 86/FR-S is the middle child in Toyota's sports car strategy, with a lower-tier entry like a new MR2 and an upper-tier entry like the Supra on the company's mind since the beginning.

According to the engineer, reasoning for the sports car push is that Toyota needs to add "driving fun" to its green-car credentials, and it needs to create a stronger bond with buyers that continues beyond the dealership. Tada said both new sports cars would take at least five years to develop and Asia One predicts that the Supra (or whatever it's eventually called) will come first, but Tada gave no indication of where it stands in the development process and he doesn't know when they'll be ready. We're of the opinion that tomorrow isn't too soon.


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      Rich M.
      • 2 Years Ago
      here's my 2cents. forget the MR2 below the GT86/FRS or a $60k next gen Supra. create an MR2 that's $35-37k or create an MR2 Coupe that's $35-37k. basically what i'm saying is create a mid engine rear wheel drive Toyota Cayman or Boxster preferably the cayman version. use the flat four in the GT86 and if rumours were true that it punched out more than 200hp N/A (230+) during its first benchmark test its the perfect motor since you know it well, instead of developing an all new motor that would drive up cost or dropping in a heavy 3.5L V6. so use the FA20 and increase the redline to 8500rpms, give it a great engine note via the exhaust which should be a lot easier and cheaper than tuning engine noise, then plop it in a Light Weight Mid Engine Rear Wheel platform and make it out perform the cayman-s in handling and price that's 1/2 less. that should be the next "Supra". think outside the supra box toyota. the last gen supra was nothing but a japanese f/i muscle car that handled like crap.
        jase.s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich M.
        First, the 3.5 liter V6 is cheaper for Toyota to place into just about any new model since they use the engine in so many other different vehicles. The FA20 probably costs more to produce even if Subaru is absorbing some of the financial burden. Second, the MKIV Supra pulled 0.98 g's on a 300ft skidpad and a 70-0mph stopping distance of 149ft, a record broken in 2004 by the Porsche Carrera GT (according to C&D). Plus, several cars placed in the top 10 and top 20 of One Lap of America. So it doesn't "handle like crap"... at least according to automotive journalists and a couple of successful race car drivers.
          Rich M.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jase.s
          all data numbers which can't relay how a car feels. the mustangs and camaros can pull some of those numbers but they still won't feel like a Cayman. sports cars are different from sport coupes (rwd/fwd), GT cars or muscle cars. its those qualities that data jockeys can't understand. the rx7 and even 300zx was more like a true sports car than the "beloved" MKIV supra. 3.5L V6 is not a sports car motor but neither is the FA20 but one of the two is easier to turn into a proper sports car motor
          Sean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jase.s
          The v6 (2grfe) is a logical choice. It makes 270hp and with a supercharger is over 300 hp.
      Doop
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a current owner of a '91 MR2 turbo, I couldn't even imagine how good a new MR2 would be. The car is unrivaled in its price segments in terms of being a driver's car.
        Pj Taintz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Doop
        all depends on which mr2 they are inspired by. The 2nd gen like you got, hell yeah, the 3rd gen? not so much
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Doop
        I had a 91 turbo also. I traded it in on a 94 Supra. The Supra was a great car, but honestly I liked the MR2 more.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      My fondest wish from Toyota is for them to do a new MR2. I envision a light (2800 lbs or less), simple (no gaddam hybrids!), midengined car utilizing the FA20 in a longitudinal arrangement, with a dedicated version of the transmission conversion sand rail people have been doing to the Subaru transmission to make a 2wd mid-engine longitudinal transaxle for years. This would give them lots of parts interchangeability and a developed engine to keep costs low. The FA's extremely low CG would make the cars CG nice and low, and the longitudinal layout would get the mass more centalized and make the car less twitchy, snap oversteer happy, and spin happy at the limit than the SW20 was. Basically, I want a factory supported coupe version of the Factory Five 818 Project. And a new Supra would be a great thing. I loved the old MkIII Turbo I used to have, and the MkIV is still a personal favorite. But if a new Supra happens, I would want it to still use an inline 6. It's kind of in the DNA of the car, as every generation so far has used one. A 3JZ needs to happen :)
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how much money they could have made making those things 4-5 years ago instead of doing the overpriced lexus supercar.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
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      GoodTimes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just don't bring it to the US as a Scion.
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh god please don't price it at 60K and then jack up the price over time like Nissan has done with their GT-R. Come on Toyota, bring us a $40K sports car that more people will be able to get.
      WhoMeWhere
      • 2 Years Ago
      If any of this article is true, Toyota has a brain Halo cars and cars that show of the best talents of Toyota's engineers is what brings people in to dealerships and sells cars. This does not mean everyone will be buying a Supra, GT86, MR2 but it is what draws individuals in.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WhoMeWhere
        Really? Because they have still been selling lots of cars before this new direction. I'm glad they're taking this new direction with sporty cars, but it's not the be all end all. Toyota has brand reputation that can't be matched.
          WhoMeWhere
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brodz
          Yes, I said cars that show the best talents of Toyota's engineers. Many ways to show those talents. THIS is one of the best ways to show those talents
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      While Toyota might be able to convince me to want a Supra with hybrid power, they definitely won't sell me on a Supra rockin a CVT. Hopefully we'll have engine/drivetrain options. If not, I guess I'll be hanging onto my 2JZ swapped SC for another generation.
      VIPER94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pleeeaaase dont make the Supra a hybird
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hybrid and CVT? No thanks I'll keep looking...
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that Toyota even considers "hybrid mechanicals, 400 horsepower, a CVT from the Lexus RX and a $60,000 price to its earlier report of a Supra redux." tells me that this company is completely clueless in the sports car arena.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please if god loves me he would bring both these cars back. Mid Engine MR2 turbo and a light weight high powered rwd supra !
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
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          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          Why do people buy a R35 ? There is a huge following for these cars if they rebuild them people are going to buy them.
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