Toyota’s upcoming two-door rear-wheel drive successor to the Supra has surfaced in yet another ‘leak’, this time from Japanese magazine Best Car that published photos and specs of the fifth-generation coupe. It’s not the first time a Japanese magazine has purported to have had the scoop on the highly anticipated car, with information in this leak mirroring many details from the spoof article in Holiday Car last year.
Images of the magazine that detail technical information surrounding Toyota’s new machine, which is based on BMW’s next-generation Z4, were published on the SupraMkV.com internet forums.
The magazine says the new Supra will be 4380mm long – 88mm shorter than the BMW M2 coupe – and weigh in a little heavier than its German cousin at a touch under 1500 kilograms.
Part of that weight difference stems from Toyota’s decision to use an eight-speed automatic transmission in the Supra, as opposed to the lighter seven-speed dual clutch auto found in BMW’s M2 and M4 coupes as well as the previous-generation Z4 roadster.
Powered by a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that uses turbocharging to make 250kW and 450Nm (22KW and 15Nm less than the M2), the Supra reportedly undercuts the M2’s 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds.
A white GTE-specification Toyota Gazoo Racing branded Supra is pictured in the magazine and is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. A red road car with bodywork that mirrors spy photos of Supra prototypes caught testing in Europe is also pictured.
We don’t know if the images or specifications are completely accurate. But the powertrain information makes sense, as does the race car concept Toyota teased earlier in February.
Full specifications surrounding the Supra are not expected to be revealed until March’s Geneva motor show at the earliest.
Tune in to TMR as we reveal all the details of Toyota’s Geneva motor show announcement next month.
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