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Toyota Supra Successor (And Other Sports Cars) Planned

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On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 2:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Supra Successor (And Other Sports Cars) Planned

Look back about 15 years and you'll see an attractive Japanese sports car (probably several) in every part of the market. From entry level coupes, like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Toyota Celica, to mid-level performance models, like the Mitsubishi 2000GT and Toyota Supra, on up to supercars—or supercar, at least—in the Honda/Acura NSX. In a piece about the Toyota Supra, Edmunds.com referred to this period as the "Japanese muscle car revolution of the 90s."

A few years after that revolution, Japanese sports car options thinned dramatically. But it appears we could be witnessing a Japanese muscle car revolution part II. Nissan is already comfortably on board with its 370Z and GT-R. Honda recently confirmed it's working on a flagship sports car. And Toyota is addressing its own lack of a sports car options with the Lexus LFA and next year's FT-86. Rumor has it Toyota has no intention of stopping there.

According to a Car magazine report this week, Toyota is currently working on a rear-driven Supra successor. Don't get too excited if you're a Supra fan, though; the project is reportedly in the skunksworks stages and may never see the light of day. 2014 is being tossed around as a potential launch date.

The Toyota Supra was built between 1979 and 1999. Originally a longer, wider, range-topping Celica, the Supra used a six-cylinder engine based on the engine of Toyota's original sports car—the 2000GT. In 1986, the third generation of the Supra defected from the Celica, creating a standalone identity. It went through four iterations before production ended.

Rumors of a Supra successor are nothing new. Lexus LFA test mules were once mistaken for a Supra revival.

In addition to the possible Supra successor, Toyota will work to plug the massive, $350,000 or so gap between the FT-86 and the Lexus LFA with another sports car. Rumor has it that it will be a front-driven car and may come in the form of a performance version of the Lexus CT200h.

It's expected that Toyota will use smaller engines with turbochargers in its next-generation line of sports cars.

In the same report, Car states that Toyota plans to debut the LFA Tokyo Motor Show Edition at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. That model will get some exposed carbon fiber bodywork. Don't be surprised if it also gets a small output boost like the LFA Nurburging Edition did.


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