One car that we have been speculating about in the last couple of years, Toyota Supra, finally got its real debut. We have all been waiting for this to happen since the death of this car in 2002. Why, where and how did this car get its “rebirth”? Well, read on to find out.
The Birth and Death of a Legend
- If you are a long-time car enthusiast might remember the first the 1979’s Toyota Celica Supra. It was a 110hp and 2.6 liter inline-six engine. If you are a bit younger, you remember the iconic Toyota Supra MkIV from the original Fast and Furious. Either way, Supra is a beast to remember.
- Toyota noticed that the crowd really enjoyed the looks and the feel of Supra. That is why they started investing in the engine and the design. MkII Supra got a bit sportier and a bit more serious. In 1982, Celica Supra got pop-up headlights and a 2.8-liter engine with 145hp. And by 1985, that same generation went up to 161 hp. The MkII was built in partnership with Lotus.
- Toyota Supra lost its Celica prefix in 1986, got a new design and a 3.0 liter inline-six with 200 hp.
- And finally, the most famous Toyota Supra is MkIV. That was a complete redesign. It took a lot from the Toyota Classic GT2000 from 60’s. Supra is actually famous because of this model. It is a perfect car for enthusiasts. The stock engine was built so well that it could handle enough airflow with the right turbo and fuel system to make the amazing 500 hp. Upgrading rods and pistons could as well push it to 800 hp and more. The 2JZ engine is maybe the most durable and customizable engine that has ever been installed in a sports car. And if you add beautiful curves, you get this iconic gorgeous car. However, even though this car was so successful, it rolled off the production in 2002.
In 2014 we, the fans, almost had a collective heart attack at the Detroit Auto Show. Toyota presented the FT-1 concept car that stood for the future of Toyota. This particular car looked like something we would all have imagined for the future of the Toyota Supra. They said that FT-1 was just a concept car, but we have all known the truth…
And four years after that, or to be more precise, on July 9th, 2018 almost all message boards started heating up because of one important announcement. This weekend, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed we get to see the new 2019 Toyota Supra. It is finally here!!!
There is a series of new “teaser” photos and a video of a brief demonstration. The press release associated with those photos and the video said that we are dealing with a prototype. They said that the production car is going to be a bit different. It is not going to sit somewhere and be used for some photoshoots. It is going to be driven by the chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and Toyota’s best driver Herwig Daenens.
From what we saw Toyota is desperately trying to hide some things from us. The driver who drove the car didn’t want to push it to its limits and the car was fully camouflaged. However, we have already seen the fully equipped 2019 GR Supra Racing Concept at Geneva Motor Show. And it looks sick!
What Do We Know About The 2019 Toyota Supra Engine Specs
It doesn’t matter how much they would like to hide engine specs and other details from us, we already know lots of things about it. We know, according to a recent report, that the new 2019 Toyota Supra will use a front-mounted six-cylinder turbocharged 3.0-liter engine with 330 hp. The entry level has also been rumored with 2.0-liter turbo engine at 248 hp.
A scanned copy of Japan’s Best Car magazine showed that the new Supra will go from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. That acceleration time was supposedly captured on Toyota Supra with an eight-speed automatic. However, there are rumors about the manual gearbox for the future.
Is Toyota Supra Going to Stay Tunable?
Supra’s Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada said in an interview at the Geneva Auto Show that he actually expects the Supra to be modified by owners to their own liking. They are even encouraging the future owners to modify their vehicles as they please. Toyota is not going to interfere.
Toyota’s management is obviously aware of the fact that the Toyota Supra became famous because of the “tuning scene”.
Toyota Supra Rivals
The 2019 Toyota Supra is going to be benchmarked against the famous Porsche 718 Cayman and 911. And even though it is going to be built on the shared architecture with a BMW Z4, parts are not going to be same, and the same parts are not going to be tuned the same way.
2019 Toyota Supra Will Not Come Cheap – (Rumored Price)
According to some of the newest details we have gotten the 2019 Toyota Supra’s prices will allegedly going to start at $63,500.
When is the 2019 Toyota Supra Release Date?
The 2019 Toyota Supra is officially going on sale during the first half of 2019.
2019 Toyota Supra World Debut Video
All those who are interested to see even more details on this beautiful car will get an opportunity on the hill course from Thursday all the way through Sunday. We are also hoping for a non-camouflage version to hit the “screens” soon, and some additionally official info about the specs would be great! Do you hear that Toyota?