We've written about approximately 187,000 rumors about a return of the Toyota Supra to the land of living cars. There are a couple of good reasons for this: first, Toyota won't stop dropping hints about a new halo sports car. Late this summer, Toyota sales guru Kazuo Ohara called a Supra successor "one of the options we have" – a comment followed by a hint that there would be "better news" on the subject in the future.

The second reason for all the Toyota tales is, of course, that we all have missed the Supra since its departure from the US market in 1998. So, when a member of the Autoblog team is party to a nudge-and-wink-filled conversation about a new Supra concept headed to January's Detroit Auto Show, we tend to listen up.

A 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming NSX.

Recently, a few very well-placed members of the Toyota team indicated to us, in not-so-cryptic terms, that the Japanese automaker is ready to shock the world with a Supra concept car for this year's shindig in the Motor City. Further, the indications we've been given are that this "concept car" will signal broadly about a production version still to follow.

In 2007, the FT-HS concept (pictured) seemed like a perfectly promising Supra replacement, right before the economy fell off a cliff and everyone in the business shelved all non-essential product plans. This year, however, there'll be about 16 million cars sold in the US and a 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming Acura NSX from rival Honda, not to mention president Akio Toyoda's mandate to shed his company's staid image.

Of course, on the record, Toyota is still staying perfectly mum – not only on the topic of the previously rumored gas-electric powertrain, but on the existence of the concept itself. Our requests for any official confirmation have been met with firm retorts of approximately "no comment" from our friendly Toyota PR staffers.

Still, the pattern of executive-dropped clues about a new sports car follows that which composed the achingly long lead up to the eventual Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. We'll have to wait about a month to see just what Toyota has under the sheets in Cobo this year, but we're crossing our fingers and hoping the new year brings with it a new Supra, at long last.


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      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car needs to be around the same price of the MKIV Supra and perform better than how that model did then. I say this because back then the car pulled off a 4.6 0-60 and nearly 1g on a skidpad. It was a performance monster for it's time. If this becomes yet another $100k car, who cares. We had our ISF already for pricey look at how much i spend performance cars. And we have our kids first sports car thus it's slow as heck FR-S. If Toyota wants people to talk, then make a M3/M4/Corvette competitor/killer for under $50k.
        Audi sucks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        I think your missing the point... What made the last generation supra valuable was the incredible craftsmanship and higher than standard engine internals. The Supra turbo and it's Getrag transmission were able to handle 850-1000 HP stock. I don't think we will see something like that again. Hybrid or not this new one will be nothing like the last one, I felt that Japan had something to prove in the 90's now that they are on top, designs are just a safe and averaged bets.
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like every other Toyota - looks great at first. Once the smoke and mirrors fade away, the true crappy nature shows..
      Termin8
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's one UGLY car.
      NeO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dont worry people! This car will cost around 80k and out of reach of most 'normal' people, so masturbate away!
        Cyrus Brooks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NeO
        That's what happened to MKIV Supra. In the 1990s they were 40k to 50k. The people that wanted them couldn't afford them and the people that could afford them didn't want them.
          MotionDesigner
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cyrus Brooks
          Those that could afford them didn't want them? Where were you living in those days, Texas or Alabama?
      The Toad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota lay off the hard edges! We get it you can mold plastic. Even Hyundai has cut back on the insane body designs. It just makes the car look cheap.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Toad
        This concept was unveiled in 2006, designed likely before that in 2005 or so. Read the article.
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      im just not digging toyotas design language. the camry just looks so paltry when you compare it to something like an accord or an altima. that concept up there is so boring and uninspired. the only decent car toyota is making right now is the avalon, and the new IS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
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        Blaze
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Yeah, I guess that the Lexus GS and FR-S suck too. And the Lexus LF-A isn't any good either.
        me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Me neither.... It's like someone's screaming too loud...
      rhb2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota is going to try, but the new Z06 and Mustang will steal the show at Detroit. As they should. Is the NSX going to get another paint job and show up again?
        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rhb2012
        There's a lot of reveals happening in Detroit this year that aren't limited to the Z06 and Mustang! I'm looking forward to the production M3/M4 reveals.
        muspod
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rhb2012
        that show is over. they have already been revealed. move on people....
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a mashup of "supercars".
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, those are some old ass photos/renderings. I remember seeing them in car magazines in the mid-2000's drooling over the prospect of a revived Supra which ultimately never happened. I'm not against green energy, but why must almost every new car have to be hybrid these days? If they revive the Supra why don't they put an inline-6 in that baby with twin turbos? And no DCT or CVT-only models for the higher trim levels. Offer a 6 or 7 speed manual for all models. And please... don't brand it a Scion!
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        omg I have a Scion and I hope to god that it won't be branded as such. Credibility should go under Toyota as the late supra had done.
      phishburk
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car looks incredibly narrow with those proportions.
      Paul Fortin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back the Supra, inline six and all !!!!!!!!!!
        Cyrus Brooks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul Fortin
        If it doesn't have an inline 6 its not a real Supra. They should call it something else.
        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul Fortin
        Pff, never happen. The Japanese seem to have some weird fetish with hybrids right now. I guess if they did an inline 6 hybrid. But I dont want any hybrid nonsense in sportcars.
        PoMoMangler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul Fortin
        That's just what I was thinking. If they offered the gen IV Supra the same way it was 20 years ago, I'd be happy just to buy that.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd be more interested in a new Mr2
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