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May 3, 2012
 

The $60000 Supra car comeback

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The $60000 Supra car comeback

The $60000 Supra car comeback

continues to rediscover its long-vanished mojo with another affordable sports car – the .

Since the Supra, Celica and MR-2 were cancelled, Toyota’s line-up has looked very unexciting. The Toyotasports car tradition has been only recently revived by the Toyota , co-developed with .

The FT-HS – a new, more socially acceptable hybrid sports car that goes back to a 2007 concept – points the way forward. Stillborn thanks to the GFC, its spirit has survived in the coming Supra successor.

On-again, off-again, the Supra project is very much back on the drawing board and will inherit some of the design hints from the FT-HS, especially the edges and sharp angles in this artist’s interpretation.

The bodywork of the Supra successor will incorporate some of the FT-HS’s design language but it will be dropped on to GRMN’s MRS chassis, a working concept car pictured here being tested at Fuji Speedway.

GRMN stands for Gazoo Meister of Nurburgring. It takes its name from Nurburgring guru Hiromu Naruse, Toyota’s late godfather of sports car development. GRMN races the Lexus LFA and FRS at the fabled German track.

Unlike the rear-drive 86, the new sports coupe will use a 4WD drivetrain and generate more than 300kW from a mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 hybrid set-up mated to a constantly variable transmission lifted from the new Lexus RX.

Tuned for higher performance, the engine drives the rear while in-wheel electric motors power the fronts.  As we have seen with projects such as the LFA, Toyota can take up to 10 years to bring sports cars to market, and has taken five years to bring the to the market

It is no secret that company CEO Akio Toyoda – weekend racer, sports car addict and the driving force behind the $700,000 LFA – is behind the Supra successor.

If Toyoda-san has his way and the economy shows signs of recovery, the new coupe will be on showroom floors by late 2015 for less than $60,000.

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