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More Toyota Supra Rumors

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On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


More Toyota Supra Rumors

The GT 86 is nice and all, but what you really want if you're a fan of Toyota sports cars is a Supra revival. Actually, a 2000GT revival would be even better, but a Supra revival seems like the more likely thing to wish for. Recent reports have pointed to a possible Supra revival in the very early stages, and some new quotes by a Toyota engineer add a little volume to those rumors.

Current Toyota chief Akio Toyoda is a big fan of sports cars and wants to revamp Toyota's line in the name of sporty, fun-driving vehicles. This is clear both in his quotes and in Toyota's new taglines of "Fun to Drive, Again" and "Reborn." In launching those slogans, Toyoda said that a car that isn't fun isn't really a car at all.

The GT 86 is a nice start, but if Toyota really wants to earn a reputation for sporty, fun cars, it's going to need more than just an inexpensive, 200-hp sports car and a limited edition supercar (Lexus LFA). What Toyota really needs is a high-performing, mid- to upper-level sports car like the Nissan 370Z or GT-R, a car that's both very sporty and attainable.

And that role could certainly be filled by a Supra successor. The chief designer behind the GT 86 Tetsuya Tada seems to think that a Supra successor would fit well with Toyota's business plan.

He told the Australian publication Drive through an interpreter: "Right now the 86 will be a mid-size sports car. I would like to have one smaller and one larger. One would probably be a Supra follower. Nothing has been decided yet. It would [be] like a Supra successor.''

That's the strongest confirmation that we've seen that Toyota wants to bring back the Supra. Tada left the door open for another sports car collaboration with Subaru, but said it would all really depend on the specific model. Frankly, it would seem to make more sense for Toyota to develop a Supra successor on its own, given the model's strong historical significance. The new model may go by 'Supra' or it may use a different name like the GT 86 did.

Tada's statement is also interesting in that it points to an entry level sports car below the GT 86. The GT 86 was originally designed to be an entry level coupe around $20,000, but is now expected to be priced in the mid-20s, so Toyota may use a separate model to fill the entry level coupe role.

A business case still needs to be made for the Supra, but so far, things seem to be lining up nicely.




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Stephy21 | 9:57AM (Thu, Dec 15, 2011)

I cant wait to see this car comes out i beat its going to be very sweet



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