We love grand tourers. They have the perfect balance of excitement and practicality. We owned a big brash third-generation Toyota Supra (the one before the Farce & Furious hero car) about a decade ago, and it had immense road presence as well as the ability to carry four people in a pinch. From that we moved on to a Jaguar XK, and even considered an old Bentley Continental GT at some point. But the 2020 Toyota Supra is not a grand tourer. It’s a full-blown sports car.
With the FT-1 concept from 2016 as the base for its design, the 2020 Toyota Supra marks the resurrection of one of the most iconic JDM nameplates to be slapped on to a car. The rumours about the re-entry of the Supra has been floating around on the web for about a decade now. With the covers finally off and the spotlights shining on it, the 2020 Supra has put an end to it.
A couple of photos of the highly anticipated 2020 Toyota Supra has made its way online ahead of its January 14th launch at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
In recent times, Toyota is a name that is synonymous with econoboxes and workhorse vehicles that can run for a million miles with no hassles whatsoever. But this boring existence of the iconic Japanese brand once had an exciting past. There were Toyotas that set the pulses of enthusiasts racing once they hear its name. Remember the scene in the original Fast and Furious movie in which the late Paul Walker shows up with a totaled Supra and his garage junkie/techie kid goes “2JZ? No s***!”. That’s the sort of respect these Japanese rockets got from the petrolhead lot in those early times.
The 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster has been making camouflaged appearances all over the world for a while now. To build some interest in the otherwise unloved nameplate, BMW now has officially dropped a teaser of their BMW Z4 prototype in its range-topping M40i avatar.
Out of all the cars that ever existed, only a few have managed to attain a legendary stature. And the Toyota Supra lurks near the top of this list. Revered by enthusiasts for its bulletproof engine and tuner friendly nature, the Supra was raised to absolute stardom by the Fast and Furious movie franchise. Due to this fame, a successor to the discontinued Supra was highly anticipated by petrolheads. As to quench their thirst; Toyota unveils a GR Supra Racing concept that shows us what the new Supra will be like.
A joint venture between Toyota and BMW was formed at the beginning of 2013 to produce a sports car under each brand. While it is clear that the boffins at BMW is working on a Z4 replacement likely to be called the Z5, the picture of the Toyota’s iteration still remains murky. But in June 2016, Toyota has trademarked the iconic “Supra” moniker with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This has pointed squarely at a reinvention of the tuner favourite, the Toyota Supra. The design of the new sports car is likely to be heavily influenced by the FT-1 concept originally unveiled in the 2014 Detroit Motor Show.
Toyota pulled off one of the surprises of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show by throwing the covers off their latest creation, the FT-1 Concept. The “Future Toyota”, which is what FT stands for, could very well be the next Supra Concept.
BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation are pursuing their “strategic long-term cooperation” in the field of “sustainable mobility” by recently signing agreements to collaborate for the joint development of a fuel cell system, architecture, lightweight technologies, and more interestingly, components for a new sports car.
Rumours persist that Toyota wants to bring back its iconic sports car, the Supra. Not to be mistaken with company’s upcoming model, FT-86, the plan was initially to release both side by side, although now it looks like it will possibly happen further down the line.
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