Rumors of a revival of the Toyota Supra and MR2 have been swirling for years right up until just this week when high-level Toyota employees all but confirmed their return.

But now The Detroit Bureau has put together news from different sources suggesting that the next Supra might be all electric. The report cites recent comments from Toyota senior executives hinting at plans to work with Tesla on a new joint project. The FT-HS Concept (shown above) seems a logical inspiration for a new Supra.

And on the other side of the equation is Tesla's design chief Franz von Holzhausen who was quoted last year saying his company was looking at its next project, probably a sports car, that would follow next year's intro of the Model X. He went on to suggest the car would compete directly with BMW's 3 Series, which, in coupe form, could be a worthy competitor to a Supra as well.

Such a sporty, up-market car could easily take advantage of the Model S platform while the electric drivetrain would fit with what Toyota's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada says is an effort to balance a green image with products that offer "driving fun."

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company was already working on "a few other variants of the Model S" that would be "pretty exciting."

Toyota's Tada says there's no target date for introduction of either a Supra or MR2, but he would expect development to take up to five years to engineer the pair and for the Supra to take priority over the MR2.


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      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Telsa can work out deals where they focus most of their production on making "skateboards" (battery pack / motor / controller / transmission platforms) that could be a big boon for them.
      dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      all this hate on hybrid tech but if they can make the car as fast if not faster then whats the big deal?
        RastaD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dude
        I was VERY excited at the prospect of the new Supra. But a full EV removes most of the general utility I'd want out of such a vehicle. Short range and long "refueling" times are a deal breaker for me. I could not, for instance, drive such a car from San Diego to Vegas for a fun filled weekend without more hassle than I'd care to deal with. Even 200 miles and a 30min charge (Model S) is no go for me. Depends on the user I guess. Many drivers taking it out for a Saturday drive might be perfectly happy but it strikes me as a vehicle that would offer less for my money.
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sports cars are meant to be driven fast.. I take my cars to the track... I can't drive to a track, wring it out and drive home on one charge right? I dunno .. Add in weight , lack of revs or manual transmissions.. I'm all for ev daily drivers, but the recreational cars (like the horse) should be left alone.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most States don't have the electrical grid to support a large influx of EVs, so I'm not sure why we're pushing them on people. Anyway, I love my MKII MR2, but Toyota's plans put a new MR2 below the 86, which suggests it would not be a high-powered car. Didn't they learn from the MR2 Spyder? You can't detrone the MX-5 overnight. I'd love to see a factory produced V6 MR2, slightly more upmarket than the 86. We've been doing it ourselves with great results; mine uses a MY2000 3.0L V6 and has plenty of torque.
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        People plug their cars in at night at home, and every state has plenty of capacity at night. As more people buy electric cars utilities will be happy to meet the demand, just like they do when new factories and shopping centers are built.
        c!to
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        The Mr2 was never ment to be a high powered car
          • 2 Years Ago
          @c!to
          [blocked]
          Jason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @c!to
          You've obviously never seen a 500whp MR2 Turbo then. In 1990 when the MKII Turbo was released as a MY1991, it was one of the fastest sports cars on the market. You obviously have NO idea what you're talking about. It was positioned as an affordable exotic, which meant MR handling and great performance for all. Now, return to your rock.
        banzairx7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        I owned a MKI & MKII MR2 when I went looking for a new car I checked out the MKIII. The lack of any useful storage was what killed it for me. I ended up with a MazdaSpeed Miata. It was the killing of the trunk and frunk on the third gen that was the problem at least for me. You couldn't even use it to go grocery shopping.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, Tesla is the worst choice for a partner for EVs. They aren't going to be around much longer.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Why not? Paypal and SpaceX are still around.
        Ricky St. Vincent
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        yea you're right, a car company that won both, automobile magazine and motor trend car of the year probably wont be around much longer... great product with a great leader = successful company
          Felspawn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ricky St. Vincent
          indeed the guy is an inspiration. the Model S has finally sold me on the idea of an EV. now they just need to bring down costs to the point where average joe can afford one
          Felspawn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ricky St. Vincent
          @Giza Plateau, you have apparently confused Tesla and Fisker...
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ricky St. Vincent
          >any Tesla product >'great' I want what you are smoking.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ricky St. Vincent
          [blocked]
      A_Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Treehugger or not, electric cars have the potential to outperform gas cars. So let's get past this.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha, the auto industry is turning into ****. Sorry, but it just is.
      benjammin172
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good idea! Take one of most people's favorite Toyotas and make it inconvenient to live with and make sure there's no exhaust note. What could possibly go wrong?
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @benjammin172
        I find it funny that so many car 'purist' care about exhaust note more than actual performance.
      Devin Baker
      • 2 Years Ago
      All electric? Sorry, despite what they may choose to name it, that will never be a Supra.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devin Baker
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          Devin Baker
          • 2 Years Ago
          No clue. Apparently they've never driven a Supra, otherwise they'd understand that what they're proposing is blasphemous. For everyone that thinks I'm an ignorant fool who thinks alternative fuel/hybrid/electric-drive cars are the apocalypse, I don't. I'm simply saying that as someone who grew up lusting over the MKIV Supra, anything other than pistons, gasoline and turbos would be an insult to the name in my opinion.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      >Supra successor >all electric ****. NO.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      and electric supra. LOL
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        the funny part is how embarrassed you'll be when someone smokes you in one. :\
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      All electric Supra? Blasphemy. I am all for EV cars, but the Supra being pure EV? I lost all interest after reading that. An EV vehicle won't be a viable alternative until they have a 300+ mile range and an affordable price.
        Felspawn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        chicken and egg scenario. you wont get 300+ mile range and affordable prices until the tech is refined people wont bother refining the tech if there is no market for it. Just like the Tesla S is making a EV thats every bit the equal of other luxary cars and expanding the market beyond just tree huggers in their priuses so too can this raise EVs on the radar of performance enthusiasts. And once the R&D is developed for both performance and luxury, thats when it starts to become affordable to the average guy trolling AB's forums
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Felspawn
          Yes, but a sports car isn't the ideal test bed for this kind of tech. A mid-size sedan is.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Exactly what I have been saying.
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