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Toyota has teased its upcoming Supra race car concept Photo: Supplied
 
 

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David McCowen | Feb, 13 2018 | 0 Comments

Supra fans, it's now completely appropriate for you to get excited: Toyota has confirmed that its reborn performance hero is headed to the Geneva Motor Show.

Although the new model hasn't been named, a release from Toyota confirms that the brand's “most iconic sports car” will make a concept debut in Geneva.

There's no mistaking what icon Toyota is referring too, thanks to a bulliten titled “The legend returns”.

Further details are still being held tightly under wraps however, with just one shadowy image (we've lightened it for you, top of page) showing a towering rear wing and curvaceous rear quarter panel.

Within the release, Toyota explains that “At 2018 Geneva Motor Show, a modern racing concept signals Toyota’s commitment to bring back to the market its most iconic sports car”.

The build up to a reborn Supra began at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show, where Toyota first unveiled the FT-1 concept (above), which appears to serve as the basis for the 2018 concept.

Production details surrounding the model are slim - but we should know more when Toyota reveals a race-inspired spin-off next month. 

The brand has been busted testing at the Nurburgring, driving two-door coupes with similar styling to the FT-1 concept. Those pre-production mules feature howling six-cylinder engines and twitchy dynamics – at least in the wet – that suggest a rear-wheel-drive, or at least a rear-biased all-wheel-drive layout.

Developed in partnership with BMW’s next-gen Z4 sports car, the Supra could borrow turbocharged in-line four and six-cylinder engines used throughout the BMW range - while a turbocharged V6 from the Toyota/Lexus family is also possible for the new model.

That dovetails nicely with the Supra’s turbocharged six-cylinder heritage, answering the prayers of Toyota 86 critics who said the brand’s baby sports car lacks power.

Almost all of Toyota’s coupes go racing – the 86, Celica, Supra, Lexus LFA, Lexus LC500 and even Lexus’ luxury SC430 convertible were transformed into competition machines for endurance racing and rallying.

The brand is pumping up its sports credentials, taking on the World Rally Championship, preparing a Le Mans racer for the road and hinting at a hybrid version of the Toyota 86.

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