NEW SUPRA BOUND FOR DETROIT?
This time it's American website Autoblog, which claims that unnamed but "well-placed" Toyota insiders have confirmed that a powerful new coupe concept will appear at next month's Detroit Motor Show.
Of course, reports of a new Supra stretch back to before the popular MkIV model's retirement, but with Toyota now known to be working on a sports platform with BMW, fans have more reason than ever to be hopeful.
According to Autoblog, not only will Toyota signal its intentions in Detroit, but its new concept will also offer a clear look at its final production design and technology.
Combined with Toyota President Akio Toyoda's long-known desire for a new top-shelf sports model (above the 86), the news this year of Toyota's partnership with BMW suggests that a new hero is a done deal.
Reports elsewhere claim that chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada has also demanded a coupe worthy of replacing the Supra, and Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has also spoken of interest inside the company for a new flagship model.
The Supra has been absent from Toyota's family for more than a decade, but 2007's FT-HS hybrid concept - and no shortage of speculation in the years since - have kept the rumour mill churning.