- Toyota confirmed the Supra prototype will make its public debut at the Goodwood.
- The official reveal won’t happen until the end of next year.
- The Supra will get a straight-six motor with rear wheel drive.
Toyota has confirmed that the new Supra will make its driving debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It won’t be a full reveal of the much awaited Japanese sports car as the prototype will be camouflaged while doing the iconic hill climb.
The Supra that was teased during the announcement wore a colourful camo and looked production ready. Toyota’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and master driver, Herwig Daenens, will be behind the wheel when the Supra makes its way up the hill.
Toyota confirmed that the resurrected Supra will be faithful to its distinguished heritage as a pure, sports car thoroughbred. The iconic Supra will be revealed next year only after its Stuttgart counterpart, the Z4, is revealed. BMW and Toyota have been working on this joint project, sharing technologies and powertrains between the two sports cars.
So the Supra is expected to use the BMW-sourced 3.0-litre front-mounted straight-six motor which will be pushing out around 330bhp of power. The torque output is reported to be around 450Nm. In a typical sports car fashion, all the power will be sent to rear wheels only, channelled through an eight-speed automatic transmission. An electrified powertrain is also on the cards, but that will come later.
Under the skin, the Supra will use the same carbon fibre core as BMW’s i models which will help the Japanese to keep the weight down. It will tip the scale under 1500kg which is just 15kg more than the GT86. The cabin seen in the spied images reveals BMW-like infotainment screen and switchgear. Although developed side by side, both the cars (Z4 and Supra) will have different characteristics, assert the carmakers.
Apart from the Supra prototype, the GR Supra Racing Concept and the Le Mans-winning No.8 TS050 Hybrid will also be present at Goodwood. However, they will only be on static display and won’t take up the hill climb.