Many auto enthusiasts have long and impatiently waiting for the new 2019 Toyota Supra. I bet most people do not remember the time Toyota used to be known for its performance oriented cars, unlike today when the brand is synonymous with reliability. Back in the 70s and 80s, the Toyota Celica was considered a Japanese Mustang. The model later switched its name to Celica Supra before the automaker made “Supra” a distinct lineup of performance coupes. The lineup was discontinued in 1998. Now the automaker is on the verge of bringing the “Supra” coupes back on the streets. To achieve this, the automaker has partnered with BMW in a joint venture that will see BMW release a successor of the Z4, dubbed the BMW Z5. The joint venture is meant to save the automakers on production costs that involve development of a unique platform. Toyota is not new To joint ventures as it currently has one with Subaru for the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins. Read along to find out more on what Toyota is planning to offer in their Supra sports car.
2019 Toyota Supra Exterior
Our spy photographers caught up with disguised versions of the 2019 Toyota Supra and Z5 drifting on snow. From the photos, the Supra looks to have a fake cladding to throw enthusiasts off. However, its profile looks stylish. It is characterized by a long hood, a short rear deck and a duck-tail spoiler. In addition, the model looks very athletic. The front fascia looks to have two air intakes as well as sculpted air inlets that surround the headlights while the nose seems to be picked up from the FT-1 concept. The model will use a slightly stretched version of the BMW Z4’s current platform, which means it will be slightly bigger than the Z4.
2019 Toyota Supra Interior
We have no idea how the interior of the Supra will look like as of this writing but we believe it will be outstanding. Expect details from the current Lexus coupes to find their way into the Supra’s cabin. As of now, I believe the model doing testing runs on snow tracks do not have their final production features.
This information will be available much later when the model nears its official debut to the public. Expect the cabin to be race-oriented but not as extreme as is the case with the FT-1. Given this is a streetcar, Toyota will have to focus on offering more convenience and making the cabin more luxurious.
Engine and performance
As far as drivetrains are concerned, there is no official word from Toyota. However, rumor has it that the car will feature several mills including a hybrid setup. Base models will likely be powered by a 4-cylinder mill derived from the current Toyota engines while higher trims will be hooked up with a new V-6 mill with two turbochargers to enable it to produce over 400 hp and over 300 lb-ft of torque.
The hybrid engine will likely see a pairing of a V-6 gasoline mill with two electric motors like in the case with the current Lexus hybrids. The setup will, however, bee upgraded to churn out in excess of 400 horses to back the coupe’s performance credentials.
Price and release date
According to rumors, both the Z5 and the Supra will be assembled in Austria sometimes in 2018 with sales commencing later in the same year. Their combined production will likely be limited to 60,000 units annually according to the same rumors. As for the price, expect an official report later in the year when the automaker officially debuts the Supra at an international Auto show probably at the Tokyo Motor Show or Frankfurt Motor Show.
The main rival of the Supra will be its BMW twin, the Z5. The two will, however, face rivalry from the likes of Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang.