Toyota Australia unveiled a special guest to Supra fans at its headquarters in Port Melbourne this weekend.
Having flown in after being on display at Goodwood and arriving via a short stint in Singapore, the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept was on display for just one day before returning home.
The $2.7 million car is the first preview of what to expect from the Japanese brand’s reborn cult classic Supra that is likely to arrive in Australia sometime next year. First unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, a camouflaged near-production version made its first driving debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month.
Further good news for fans is that we’ll know local details on the Supra soon, with Toyota keen to kick-off official pre-orders.
“At the moment we are testing the market for interest in the Supra and we thought it would be great to get it here and test it with fans. The reaction has been great,” Toyota PR manager Brodie Bott told Drive.com.au
“Toyota Australia will be in a position to let fans and customers know what we are doing with the Supra in terms of production and sales locally in the near future. We’re expecting it will arrive sometime next year, likely in the second half of the year.”
Toyota Australia is also looking to expand its sports car offering with more models to be built on a performance-oriented Gazoo Racing platform, as well as hotted-up versions of cars like the new Corolla.
“I can't confirm what they will be because we’re working on that but there will be a lot more models and a lot more sport variants in existing models,” Brodie said to Drive.com.au at the unveil of the Supra concept over the weekend.
“Recently we’ve moved to the TNGA platform and it gives the cars a better and more rigid sports car-like feel. We’ve seen it with the Prius and the CH-R and with the new Corolla which will be launching here next month, and so naturally we are moving into that sportier feel and stance.
“I do believe the next-generation Supra will be built on a GR platform and it will be a Gazoo Racing line of cars and we are working through what cars will be offered here in Australia.
“The momentum and the buzz is growing and up until 2020 you will see a lot more Gazoo Racing, and from 2020 onwards you can expect it to explode.”
Toyota Australia invited fans and Supra car club members to see the concept vehicle in the metal before the real thing launches. Victorian Supra Club member Riley Fry said enthusiasts from the club were excited to finally see a fifth-generation Supra join Toyota’s stable after a 16-year hiatus.
“I have a Mark 2 Supra, two Mark 3s and a Mark 4, so I’ll probably look at getting the new one when it comes out but I’ll have to make some space somewhere in the garage,” said Fry.
“Everyone seems to like the look Toyota has achieved with the new model, especially around the lower rear quarter that pays some tribute to the popular Mark 4. That’s easily the most popular generation yet.”
Also on display were three older generations of Supra supplied by the club.