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NSX Rival? Toyota Supra to Pack 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain

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On: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 3:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

NSX Rival? Toyota Supra to Pack 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain

Last week, Honda/Acura finally confirmed the debut date for the NSX successor. The concept will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show and is expected to use an AWD hybrid powertrain with V-6 engine and dual electric motors.

The NSX hasn't even debuted yet, but it looks like it may have some competition from another possible Japanese sports car revival: the Toyota Supra.

Earlier this month, Toyota designer Tetsuya Tad specifically mentioned a Supra revival when saying that Toyota wants to build several sports cars. When we heard the Supra name, we immediately assumed a mid-level Japanese sports car like the Nissan 370Z. But if a newMotor Trend report is correct, Toyota will be gunning right past the Z, and looking at working supercars like the Nissan GT-R and Acura NSX.

That's all kinds of good news, if you ask us. If true, all of the Japanese Big 3 could have high-end sports cars on the market at the same time. I suppose that will be true either way if the NSX successor makes it to market--Toyota already has a supecar in the Lexus LFA--but the $375,000 LFA is kind of a different animal. The Supra should be powerful, high-performing and attainable by mere mortals.

According to Motor Trend's report, the Supra's powertrain may look a lot like the NSX's. Toyota is reportedly developing a 3.5-liter V-6-based hybrid powertain developing more than 400 horses. In terms of design, the new Supra supposedly looks quite similar to the 2007 FT-HS concept (pictured).

Now for the bad news: Toyota is in no rush to get the Supra to market. It wants to wait to see how the GT 86 performs in terms of sales before introducing it. That means two things, neither of which are good. A. The car could be canceled well before we ever see it (kind of like the last Honda NSX revival) and B. even if it does get the green light, we'll have to wait years to see it. Motor Trend says 2015.

So while it's all pretty early at this point, things are looking good for Japanese sports cars.



Stephy21 | 9:28AM (Thu, Dec 22, 2011)

This car looks sweet, lets hope they actually put it on the market.

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