The original Toyota Supra had a production run of nearly 25 years, but it wasn't until the Mark IV arrived in 1992 that the Supra earned it place in history as the lovable, tunable, and affordable sportscar of the mid-90s. The Mark IV ended production in 2002, and that made Toyota a pretty boring company.
Now we are seeing the revival of the beloved sportscar. We don't know all the details of the new Supra, but here are 7 things you should know about the new supercar.
It might not be called the "Supra"
Right now Toyota has only committed to considering the Supra moniker as a "candidate" name. I think most people are in favor of the Supra nameplate coming back though. It has a sense of history and nostalgia in it.
It'll be a hybrid
Some will be in favor of this and others will hate it. The original Supra was loved for its 2JZ twin-turbo, inline-six engine that took very well to aftermarket tuning. Tuning houses are usually less apt to take on hybrid engines though. On the plus side, this Supra will be both high-performance and high-efficiency.
The Supra should be about as powerful as many of the other competing supercars, like the GT-R, R8, and Evo XI. Rumors say that we should expect 500-hp or more.
It's going to be rear-wheel drive
Don't fret, the new Supra will remain a RWD car. This was confirmed by GT 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. There was talks of an all-wheel-drive Supra, but those were put to rest. Phew.
Lots and lots of carbon fiber
Carbon fiber is the best thing since sliced bread, and that why Toyota is using plenty of it in the Supra. BMW partnered with Toyota on the i8, and the Toyota Supra should come with a similar lightweight build derived from the i8.
The Supra is going to be fun
The original Supra, the Celica, the 2000GT, and the GT 86 have all been some of the most fun rides on the planet, and those should be taken as signs of good things to come.