Slated for a debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the much anticipated Toyota Supra has been leaked on the internet in completely undisguised form ahead of the scheduled debut. First previewed as the Toyota FT- 01 five years ago, it took a lot of time for the concept to come into production from, ready to be revealed.
According to the leaked images, the upcoming Toyota Supra looks quite similar to the concept. The features include long bumper with protruding arches, the not so aggressive large air dam following the design of the concept, similar headlamps, a new grille placed in the middle of the front fascia place of the body- colored section on the FT- 01. Very prominent V- motif and strong haunches running through the concept are still there in the production model in significantly watered down form as well as the double- bubble roof from the concept. Though the retro- esque body mounted wing mirrors and blacked out A- pillar have been carried forward, the production model misses out on the see-through panel on the bonnet.
To be only available as a coupe, the 2019 Toyota Supra will be based on the same architecture as the Z4 and both the cars will be built together in Austria. At the inside, it is still unclear about the Supra in terms of features and other details. However, earlier spied images showed the BMW switchgear with some details about the interior of the car including a dashboard- mounted infotainment screen and accompanying rotary dial controller on the central tunnel, as well as BMW heating control buttons and a BMW automatic gear selector. However, it is still not clear if Toyota will bring the production model of Supra with own fitments or the same as revealed.
Under the hood, Toyota Supra will also get the 3.0- litre inline- six from the BMW that is expected to produces around 340 bhp of maximum power and 475 Nm of peak torque in the car. The gearbox will also be the eight- speed ZF- sourced auto and similar electronic aids like the active differential and others will also be offered on the model. Additionally, a less- powerful four- cylinder motor as well as a hybrid- version could be added to the line- up at a later stage. Also, both the Supra and Z4 are due with electrified four- wheel- drive powertrains later. As both the automakers are considered as experts in high- performance hybrid power, with BMW having launched the i8 back in 2014 and Toyota competing in the World Endurance Championship and winning Le Mans with its TS030 Hybrid. Toyota's racing- derived, energy- storing super- capacitors are due to be fitted to the Supra to power its electrified drive hardware.
Apart from this, Toyota also hinted at the performance focus of its upcoming sportscar with the reveal of a GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Badged under the firm's performance arm, Gazoo Racing, the model was a pared- back and more hardcore version of the Supra. This is not surprising, as the Toyota executives have previously revealed intentions to produce several Supra variants with many different power outputs. This means that the motorsport- inspired concept hints at a future range- topping version, likely to be badged 'GRMN'. The manufacturer is also likely to widely race the new Supra in sportscar championships worldwide.
The 2019 Supra model sees the return of the 'Supra' name after 17 years. The outgoing model was launched earlier in 2002. The development of this model began in 2012 and has taken place alongside the new BMW Z4, as one from a series of projects scheduled between Toyota and BMW. The deliveries for the Coupe will begin in the third- quarter of 2019 in Australia. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2019 Toyota Supra.