Twenty years after it was last sold in the U.S. market, Toyota’s hallowed Supra sports car is back.
Toyota confirmed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that its forthcoming collaboration with BMW would indeed be called the Supra. To announce the news, Toyota revealed a concept race version of the Supra called the GR Supra Racing Concept.
The concept won’t actually race in a series; consider this car just a marketing exercise to gin up interest in the Supra ahead of its launch.
Toyota spent the past several years developing the production Supra in conjunction with BMW, which will sell its version of the car as the next Z4 sports car. With global sales of sports cars slim relative to most other vehicle types, automakers like Toyota and BMW are increasingly partnering up to share development and production costs.
Details on what will power the concept racer -- or the production Supra -- haven’t been released.
But the production Supra expected to use several different engines, depending on the global market. In the U.S., it’s expected that both the Supra and the BMW Z4 will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine and a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder as an option.
The styling of the next Supra -- as foreshadowed on this Gazoo concept -- closely follows the look of the FT-1 concept that Toyota has been showing for years.
The production Supra is expected to debut in early 2019 and go on sale later that year.