New Toyota Supra Confirmed, MR2 On The Cards: Report

Mike Stevens | Nov 15, 2012

Toyota, it would appear, has found renewed interest within its boardrooms for genuine sports models in its vehicle line-up, an enthusiasm surely fanned by the success of the new 86 coupe.

Whispers of a new flagship sports model to revive the spirit of the barnstorming Supra have been doing the rounds for some time.

Now a report with Singapore's The Business Times claims that Toyota boss Akio Toyoda, a noted motorsport enthusiast, has issued a new order: "Make a successor to the Supra as soon as possible".

Speaking at an event in Germany, 86 development boss Tetsuya Tada reportedly confirmed the command, but said that a debut for a new Supra would be closer to the end of this decade.

"The 86 needed five years to develop, so at least five years is required for the others. A normal passenger car about two to three years. But sports cars need special parts, so it's five years," Tada said.

He added that it is not just the Supra in the works; a third new sports car is also under consideration, suggesting a return of the mid-engined MR2.

The project is in its very early stages, Tada says, and it remains to be seen if the new models would be offered exclusively as coupes, convertibles, or both.

Above: Toyota's new 86 has been popular with fans and tuners.
Above: Toyota's new 86 has been popular with fans and tuners.

If it's a new Supra we can look forward to, expect a rear-wheel-drive layout and a big turbocharged engine.

Of course, this is Toyota we're talking about, so don't be surprised if there's some hybrid technology under the bonnet. And, if it looks to the Nissan GT-R as a benchmark, the Supra might finally also gain some all-wheel-drive traction.

Tada said that while Toyota's philosophy in recent decades has focused largely on passenger vehicles and green technologies, Akio Toyoda has pushed a new "two pillar" strategy to the company.

"We have two pillars - an ecological car and driving fun. We must balance these two aims otherwise users won't recognise us a true carmaker," he said.

"This is a new business model. When customers buy a car, it creates a new bond between the manufacturer and the owner - we do not just profit from selling the car."

The need to spread the cost of development across multiple models will also be more easily covered, with reports in recent weeks that Lexus is planning a new RC-badged coupe.

If Toyota can utilise a modified version of that platform - expected to also be shared with the new IS sedan - a new Supra could be closer than ever to becoming a reality.

One thing is certain. if Toyota builds it, the fans will come - and they'll bring the age-old 'Supra versus GT-R' debates with them.

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  • BH says,
    2 years ago
    that Supra rendering is very tasty indeed.... bring on time travel!
  • Maz says,
    2 years ago
    I'll hold my breath until they release it. Then (If they do) I will get a big loan and buy one.. But it's just speculation and has been for a while.
    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      2 years ago
      It's not speculation to report the comments of a Toyota executive - the real question is whether Toyota continues with the plan or whether the actual truth of it is that they're merely investigating the potential for more sports cars. It can still go down the gurgler if they decide the numbers don't add up.
  • joe says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Stuff toyota. a whole generation went without sports cars, they lost me since i was 14 yo.
  • matt says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    hmm i dont see the point of the MR2 and 86 co-existing guys, prehaps another celica?
    • Brash says,
      2 years ago
      Supra, AE86, MR2 and Celica co-existed in the late 80s, I see no reason why they couldn't again.
    • akihero says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      Forget the mr2 we have the FRS they should bring back the Celica and the real Celicas. Bring back the all tracs and make them to compete with the evo's and Sti's i own a ra21 and a st185 i would love to see a new Celica and AWD Turbo
    • dan says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      mad you must be drunk.... im a proud owner of a mr2... but i hate the spyder after they took the 3sgte out of it... it became very boring... if it doen't have more than 300 hp. im not interested!!! hybrid mr2 can suck it and hybrid supra t mr2 only way to go...
  • Jason says,
    2 years ago
    To be quite honest i think they have went to far with the design, i own a 98 supra and i love it to bits. I would not buy this new model solely on the design. I believe that they should incorporate more characteristics of the supra into the new one, similar to how Nissan has incorporated them into the R35 with the back lights etc.. Also a must has to be the signature 2jz bullet proof engine. Not only must a similar shape and looks be pursued but also power. The Toyota Supra is known world wide for its ability to produce and withstand outstanding power and handle it on its stock gear box. The Toyota Supra is nothing less than a beast, it is a monster ready to be brought to life. for some it may not be, but for majority of true supra enthusiasts it is. The idea of leather interior including the roof is beautiful. Toyota should really think carefully if a new supra is on their mind. They need to know what people are after, why the supra is so demanded to come back. people want it back for what it is, they dont want some totally different alien looking thing that resembles and feels nothing like a supra. Well anyway, these are a few of my thoughts and opinions. let me know what you guys think.
  • Dayne says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I think uou're absolutely right. I wouldn't buy the new supra either. I would be overjoyed if it came out with absolutely nothing changed. smile
  • Scott says,
    2 years ago
    I wouldn't bother, I own an 11 year old standard golf 4 motion and just smashed this supra to bits, needless to say the driver wasn't happy. How much do these supra's cost? Gutted.
  • ava says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    cant wait for this i have two supras and i was justing for this moment.... please make this better than the nissan gtrs so we can shut them up forever
  • lolwut says,
    2 years ago
    1. BMW and Toyota colaboration? M3 platform, Toyota coupe body design?

    it's not an "IF", but "WHEN".

    2. In Toyota's affordable sports car era, (Japan sports car golden era)..
    - 6 Cylinder sports car coupe = Supra
    - 6 Cylinder sports saloon = Chaser
    - 4 Cylinder 4WD sports coupe = Celica GT4
    - 4 Cylinder "bargain" sports = AE86 Trueno
    - 4 Cylinder 2 seater Mid-Rear / Targa = MR2

    Toyoda-San isn't just an executive... He is owner... And his name is the company.
  • matt says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    where is it im waiting to trade my car for one.
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