Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to reveal its all-new "sports car" line-up sometime next month. The Japanese carmaker is likely to establish its own performance division akin to the Lexus’ F performance series. It is a known fact that the resurrected Supra will spearhead this sports car line-up.
The Japanese carmaker hasn’t divulged any further details about the event or products. It is unclear whether the new performance products will be offered outside Japan or not. Currently, Toyota has the 86 sports coupe and the Yaris GRMN hot hatch in its performance car line-up. The decision to establish a performance portfolio came after Toyota’s plans to develop cars that are emotional and aspirational, rather than simply reliable and utilitarian.
Toyota is developing the new Supra alongside BMW’s new Z4. The Bavarian carmaker showcased the Z4 Concept at the Pebble Beach a few weeks back. So we expect Toyota to follow suit and showcase at least some important details regarding the JDM icon. According to recent developments, Toyota might use their own powertrain with a manual transmission for the Supra. This contradicts the earlier speculations of the Supra borrowing the automatic gearbox and engines from the Z4 Roadster.
Toyota might also introduce a new MR2 successor to its performance car line-up. It will be based on the S-FR Concept showcased back in 2015-16. Although this is purely a speculation at this point. The Japanese carmaker has the motorsport expertise of Gazoo Racing to back up their plans for the performance oriented vehicles.
Stay tuned to CarWale for all the details of Toyota’s sports cars plans in the coming weeks.