THE TOYOTA Supra name will return to the UK after a 23-year hiatus in 2019, when a brand new version of the Japanese sports car goes on sale next year.
What is the 2019 Toyota Supra?
When it goes on sale next year, the Supra will be Toyota’s flagship model, and sit firmly above the GT86 in the company’s sports car pecking order.
Like its little brother, the new Supra has been developed with fun in mind but the experience will be a lot more extreme than with the GT86 — the Supra will be a proper Porsche Cayman rival, with power and grip in spades. Toyota claims an “exhilarating” experience is in store for buyers.
The Supra has been developed alongside the new BMW Z4, and the cars will share some the same platform and front-engined, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive layout, but Toyota claims the two cars will be very different, as each company started with their own idea of what sort of car they wanted to produce and then came together to establish what components could be shared in realising their individual goals.
What engines will the Toyota Supra come with?
The new Supra’s only confirmed engine is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with a power output “in excess of 300bhp”. Only an automatic transmission will be available, and the Supra will be exclusively rear-wheel drive.
It’s also suggested the Toyota Supra will eventually be available with a manual transmission and more engine options. An even faster ‘GRMN’ model is rumoured to be on the way too.
What tech does the Toyota Supra have?
Toyota is staying very tight lipped about the production Supra’s specs. As BMW has collaborated with Toyota on the car, expect to see some of the German company’s hardware and software in the production Supra.
When will the Toyota Supra go on sale?
A launch date hasn’t been specified yet, though Toyota has revealed it will be taking orders for the Supra in early 2019. Prospective buyers can put their name down on the waiting list with a refundable £1,000 deposit.
How much will the Toyota Supra cost?
It’s thought the Toyota Supra range will start at approximately £50,000. Official pricing will be revealed at a later date.
What are the Toyota Supra’s rivals?
The Toyota Supra will have plenty of rivals to fend off when it goes on sale next year. Its closest competitors will be the Jaguar F-Pace and BMW M2 Competition, with alternatives including the Audi TT RS, Porsche 718 Cayman and Alpine A110.