Toyota Supra Successor Spied Out Testing
New spy pictures show the successor to the iconic Toyota Supra out testing and even though it’s disguised, we like what we see…
The rumour mill has been grinding away with reports of a new Toyota Supra for a very, very long time now. We’ve done several write-ups on the car’s so-called ‘spiritual successor’ ourselves, and now it seems that the long wait is almost over.
That’s because some stolen spy shots show a disguised prototype of the all-new Supra undergoing testing, and despite the attempts to hide the lines and intricate styling details, you can still see that its overall look screams “Supra!”
The last Supra was an enthusiast’s favourite, but sadly ceased production back in 2002. That’s why tangible updates – like these images – are big news and get Toyota fans hot under the collar.
Many people assumed that the new Supra would take much of its styling direction from Toyota’s FT-1 Concept (shown below) which was unveiled at the start of 2014 in Detroit. But judging by these new spy pictures it looks like to have been toned down somewhat.
Toyota has been collaborating on the new Supra with BMW, a partnership that will provide the latter with a replacement for the Z4 – expected to (rather originally) be called the Z5.
We should remember, though, that even with all the excitement surrounding the new Supra, Toyota hasn’t yet confirmed that that’s what it’ll be called. Patents have been filed suggesting that the Supra name will likely feature, but until Toyota announces it officially, we’ll can only speculate.
The spy pictures do show that the Supra successor has a long bonnet, concave panels and what appear to be fake headlights. In fact, you could easily argue that it looks like a more aggressive Toyota 86 than a toned down version of the FT-1 Concept.
At present, no engine specs have been confirmed, and reports seem to differ. Some say that BMW will develop four-cylinder and inline-six turbocharged lumps for both cars, which Toyota will hybridise with its own technology. Other reports suggest the Japanese manufacturer will take advantage of a new twin-turbocharged V6 that pumps out over 400-horsepower.
Whatever the case, we’ll have to wait to find out…