Confirmed: Toyota Supra (or a racing version) will debut at the Geneva auto show

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Toyota Supra news is coming fast and furious these days, but today we got the first official image from the Japanese automaker, with a confirmation that “the legend returns” at the 2018 Geneva motor show on March 6 at 3:45 p.m., EST. The darkened pic features a fastback-style coupe with a giant wing perched on two risers.

So, what do we know? We know that the new Supra, though we’re not sure that’s the name, was developed in conjunction with BMW and the new Z4, and that the two will share engines of BMW’s design. Hopefully that means a 250-ish-hp turbocharged four and a 335-ish-hp turbocharged I6. We’re also guessing it’ll have a dual-clutch transmission — there has been no word of a manual option yet. The last BMW Z4 didn’t not offer a stick shift; however, the Toyota 86 does, so who knows?

Toyota does say that what’s appearing at Geneva will be a “modern racing concept” that signals Toyota’s commitment to “bring back to the market its most iconic sports car.” We’re guessing that means a GT-type race version, which will hopefully give us more clues on the forthcoming street car.

Sidenote, wouldn’t “Fast 9” be the perfect on-screen debut for Toyota’s next serious sports car? The original was famously featured in the first film. “More than you can afford pal, Ferrari.” That guy and his girlfriend are then promptly smoked by a souped-up Supra built by Paul Walker and Vin Diesel’s characters.

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Regarding that name: We’d like to see Supra plastered on the trunk, but we’re more likely to see something like GT-One. The GT86 in concept form was called FT-86; this concept was called FT-1. The GT-One was also Toyota’s name for its GT1-turned-Le-Mans-prototype car built in the late ‘90s, so there’s some precedent.

We’re also guessing Toyota’s Gazoo Racing department will get its hands on the new car. Gazoo developed the hot Yaris compact that we’re not getting here in the U.S., and we see no reason it shouldn’t breathe on this new coupe too.

The Geneva motor show is less than a month away, and as someone who grew up pining for the last Supra — and as someone who might actually have a chance to drive the new one — March 6 can’t come soon enough.


Jake Lingeman


Jake Lingeman

– Jake Lingeman is Road Test Editor at Autoweek, reviewing cars, reporting on car news, car tech and the world at large.

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