The Supra has, and still is, one of the most loved cars ever made because it made super-car-like performance affordable. Unfortunately though, the car has been discontinued more than a decade ago and despite the fact Toyota has been teasing one form or another of a future Supra ever since 2007, they never really went through with it. Well, after they signed a co-developing agreement with BMW for a new car and when they decided to further increase the trademark of the Supra name back in 2014, it became clear that a new model is in the works.
For now it is unclear when it will be released but considering it will share the same platform with the BMW Z4, it is likely that BMW will want to release their car first, so the Toyota will be released after that, most likely some time in the mid of 2017.
All-new Design – Inside and Outside look
The exterior of the car has been rumored to look in a lot of different ways and these rumors only stopped when they released the FT-1 concept car. However, some people are now saying that the 2018 Toyota Supra will not look like the concept but it will get a more conventional design.
This is unlikely to happen though because Toyota already has a conventional looking car which can’t really match its direct competitors, so they would have to make the Supra something a bit more special. While the wheels or the massive rear spoiler will not be available on the production model, the car is certainly going to borrow a lot of the lines of the FT-1.
Inside the cabin, the production model of the new Supra is likely going to borrow some of the lines of the original meaning that the center console is going to be aimed at the driver. On top of that, the car will offer some interesting features such as a customizable instrument cluster which is going to offer all the information the driver needs. Just like the car it is succeeding, the new Supra will also feature four individual seats, so it should offer plenty of comfort as well as more space than its sibling, the Z4.
The Engine range & Specs
Under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Supra we are likely going to find a few different engine options. The base model is likely going to make use of BMW’s 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine which could make up to 252 horsepower and little over 270 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range we will also find a BMW supplied engine, their well known 3 liter turbocharged inline 6 unit which could easily make up to 332 horsepower and more than 310 lb-ft of torque. The top of the range model on the other hand will make use of a more different powertrain, a hybrid.
This will combine the inline 6 with a couple of electric motors, so it should easily be able to provide as much as 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Despite being the most powerful of the three, it will also be the most fuel efficient thanks to the inclusion of a small battery pack. All three will come as standard with an automatic gearbox and rear wheel drive will be the only available option.
2018 Toyota Supra Price
This means that the car will be available on the market as the 2018 Toyota Supra and it should be ready for sale shortly after that. Its price is currently unknown but in order to offer the same levels of performance and affordability of the predecessor, Toyota will likely have to offer the new Supra from around $40,000 and up to $90,000 for a high performance version of it.
The biggest competitors are Chevrolet Corvette, Audi TT, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Porsche Boxster & Cayman.
One of the biggest advantages is a new design, more aggressive and better aerodynamics. On the other hand, one of the disadvantages is a possibility, that new Supra might not be strong and powerful as we expect.