Sightings of the new 2019 Toyota Supra have become a regular thing in the last couple of months. Although Toyota is trying its best to conceal it, we could recognize that design from miles away. The newest spy shots have come from Los Angeles and we can only say that it looks beautiful. The alliance between the BMW and Toyota is noticeable all around the vehicle, and at the same time, it breathes and runs like a true Supra!
The newest 2019 Toyota Supra spy shots are allegedly made in the West LA and the test mule seems to be the same as the one we saw on the earlier shots with some minor updates.
Road So Far
This new generation of Toyota Supra is going to be revolutionary for Toyota because we haven’t had an opportunity to see Supra on sale since 2002. That was when Supra was discontinued and although there were some rumors about the new model, everyone took that for granted. The first rumors appeared in 2007 and it was all based on reports from 2007 North American International Auto Show. I think that it was Motor Trend who reported that there is a possible Supra successor based on the Toyota FT-HS (Future Toyota-Hybrid Sport) which actually debuted on that auto show. That should have been a 3.5 liter V6 hybrid system with 400 hp. Rumors continued in 2010, and later in 2013, when Autoblog started publishing some stories about the possible successor coming to the January 2014 North American Auto Show. And on 13 January, Toyota unveiled their FT-1 concept car that became the foundation for all future plans for Toyota.
That is when the things started rolling. That same year, Toyota submitted an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to renew the Supra trademark. And according to all these spy photos that we have been gathering from our sources in Europe and the US, we are soon going to get the long waited new 2019 Toyota Supra.
2019 Toyota Supra Has the New Name?
Well, not exactly. Since this vehicle has been in a development in cooperation with the BMW and it has been developed alongside the new BMW Z4 successor, so it has to move away from the old model. It will not be the carbon-copy of the Z4 but we should be able to see some kind of an influence and they will probably share plenty of the engineering hardware.
Every prototype we had a chance to see was a tin-top coupe and the BMW Z4 will be made as a coupe-convertible.
The thing is that Toyota Supra is probably going to be sold under the banner of Gazoo. You might remember the Toyota Yaris GRMN which was sold under that banner. GRMN is actually Gazoo Racing Master of Nurburgring. That is a Japanese motor brand, and their badge is probably going to be visible and mentioned, but the main nameplate is still going to be Supra. It would be an illogical thing to neglect that legendary name.
2019 Toyota Supra Release Date
We should see the first debut of the 2019 Toyota Supra later this year and the 2019 Toyota Supra actual release date is scheduled for some time in 2019. We don’t know yet, and judging by the spy photos we get almost every month, they are still gradually updating this car.
2019 Toyota Supra Price
It is likely that they will want to keep the starting price low, somewhere around $40,000. That price will skyrocket for upper trims.
2019 Toyota Supra Exterior
As you can see from the spy shots, the 2019 Toyota Supra exterior resembles both, old supra’s design and the well-known design of the BMW Z4. However, it is far from the BMW Z4. Our sources say that the two cars are only going to share the platform and some technology, but that they will be totally different cars. Now, as far as Supra’s exterior is considered, there is one nice change we have noticed from the newest spy shots, taken in LA. When you compare those with old ones, you can see that beautiful pair of taillights that is changed from round LED clusters to those new ones where the line of lights follows the shape of taillights – awesome!
And we have noticed one thing about the exterior. Although this is obviously an early prototype version, we have noticed some tiny cameras on the roof-line. Those cameras can either be just to record the trip of the tester, or they serve as some kind of a mapping device for some version of an autonomous driving system, sensors, radars, or something like that. Nobody knows. And one more interesting detail that we have noticed on the back was that it appears to have a rear hatch and not a trunk lid. That is one difference between the previous Supras and this one. They have always been hatchbacks.
2019 Toyota Supra Engine Performance
It is not official, but the 2019 Toyota Supra engine lineup could include the mixture of four and six-cylinder units coming directly from the BMW. They will mostly be turbocharged engines with a dual-clutch transmission. And it is likely going to be offered in hybrid versions since that is Toyota’s specialty. And both models, Supra and Z4 are going to be built by Magna Steyr in Austria.
That hybrid system has been confirmed by the CEO of Toyota Europe, who hinted that possibility, and he also said that it is possible that 2019 Toyota Supra will use the same technology that is used in Toyota’s LMP1-hybrid race cars.
The architecture of electronic parts is going to be identical on both cars but it is going to have different programming. Let’s say that they will have same operating systems but different themes. That will give a unique look to both of them.