Japanese automaker Toyota s all set to reveal the Supra as a prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month. The manufacturer announced the same on social media with a car in production bodywork, albeit heavily camouflaged with a vivid pattern. However, making it interesting Toyota didn’t show the camouflage in black and white pattern but in a more colourful printed pattern hiding the overall design of the car.
Toyota Europe announced the news by tweeting that the Supra will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. next week. The caption reads, "#ToyotaSupra is back. A90. At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018." However, earlier Toyota UK had confirmed the new Supra would make a formal debut in the first half of 2019.
Though, Toyota has made the announcement of the Supra debut at the auto festival but it is still unclear that whether we'll see the full production model, or just another camouflaged prototype like the one the automaker has shown in the image released. The Toyota Supra is expected to come powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre, straight-six, dual overhead cam engine that puts out 340 hp and 450 Nm of peak torque. The engine will come mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox with rear wheel drive system. The engine specifications of the Toyota Supra will be shared with the upcoming BMW Z4, while the Supra also uses the same carbon-fibre architecture based on the i3, i8 and 7-series. These details got leaked on the internet some time ago and Toyota has neither accepted nor denied about the same till now.
According the leaked information, the Supra will weight 1,496 kg, making it 250 kg heavier than the GT86 and 14 kg lighter than the previous fourth-generation Supra. Also, the sports car will be 14kg lighter than a PDK-equipped Porsche 911 Carrera S, with which the Supra's time of 3.8 seconds for 0-100 kmph is the most comparable. Measuring 4,380m in length, 1,855mm in width and 1,290mm in height with a 2,470mm wheelbase, the upcoming Supra will be larger than the GT86.
Like the ecently introduced Yaris GRMN, the next-gen Supra is predicted to cost considerably more than the GT86 and it's expected to be launched under the Gazoo banner, as Toyota’s top model. Hwoever, as a part of the joint venture between Toyota and BMW, we can also expect a hybrid version of the next-gen Supra. Both the Supra and Z4 will be fitted with electrified all-wheel-drive powertrains at a later stage as Toyota has also long-emphasized its desire to produce a hot hybrid model for its product line up. Also, Toyota had revealed the Yaris Hybrid-R concept with a 420hp set-up comprising of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor on each rear wheel, in 2013.
However, Toyota has not made any official announcement regarding the upcoming Supra and we’ll have to wait till the Japanese automaker reveals the sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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