Contrary to popular belief, Toyota used to make sports cars, some of which are remembered fondly. Toyota is said to be mulling a decision to resurrect one of them, the Supra, to slot between the Scion FR-S and the Lexus LFA.
Not those rumors again
Some wouldn’t associate Toyota with sports cars, but anyone who was around prior to the ascendancy of the Prius should remember a few. A number of Toyota sports cars were very popular for a number of reasons, one being that they were a lot of fun for a moderate price. The other reason is that cars like the Supra, also called the Celica Supra, were easy to tune up to be incredibly fast.
Toyota stopped making the Supra, according to Automobile magazine, in 2002, four years after being pulled from the North American market amid much lamentation. The rumor that Toyota was resurrecting the Supra has been on-and-off since at least 2006 when Toyota addressed the rumors with denial, according to AutoWeek. However, the rumors are back.
Might be mid-engined this time
According to MotorTrend, Toyota is currently said to be working on a potential successor to the Supra, though it will likely go by a different name. The company wants to slot a sports coupe between its current offerings, which are produced through Toyota’s Scion and Lexus brands. The Scion FR-S is a noble little sports coupe at $25,000, and then there is the Lexus LFA, a $375,000 supercar.
Two concept cars, the FT-HS and GRMN MRS, indicate what shape the car is likely to take. It will likely be a hybrid with a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V-6 engine and up to 400 horsepower. It will also likely be all-wheel-drive and feature a performance-tuned version of the continuously variable transmission in the Lexus RX.
The hybrid system, according to Automobile, will utilize in-wheel electric motors to drive the front wheels, while the gas engine will power the rear, not unlike the Porsche 918 Spyder and Jaguar C-X75 concept.
The car is only a rumor; the idea has been cooked up and Toyota head Akio Toyoda is a known sports car fan and was instrumental in getting the Lexus LFA and Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ approved and produced.
According to AutoBlog, the earliest it might hit production will be 2015, and it will cost less than $60,000. There are plenty of sports cars around the same price, so its work will be cut out for it if the car does get produced.