For so long now, Toyota has been without a proper performance car.
The GT86 had plenty of promise but fell short and its underwhelming sales reflected the disappointment felt by much of its target market.
However, the Japanese car maker is sure to address this gap following the unveiling of a concept car that will eventually become the new Supra.
Most celebrated, most powerful
Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the GR Supra Racing Concept revives the name and spirit of the Toyota’s most celebrated model and at this point, it’s near impossible to envisage a future that doesn’t involve Toyota bringing the Supra back to the market.
No technical details have been revealed yet but the concept strongly suggests a car that will deliver high performance both on road and track.
There’s also the very promising fact that the final generation Supra was Toyota’s most powerful production model.
For the record, we’ve had four different iterations of the Supra in previous decades, launching first in 1978 as the A40, with the A60 arriving in 1981, the A70 in 1986 and A80 in 1993, but the front engine/rear-wheel drive GT sportscar hasn’t been seen the inside of a Toyota showroom since 2002.
The concept itself features plenty of outlandish bodywork – most notably, a large rear wing – and there is extensive use of strong yet lightweight composite material for elements such as the wide front and rear bumpers, front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts, door mirror housings and the rear wing.
It rides on BBS racing wheels with Michelin racing tyres, while the braking system uses Brembo Racing callipers and discs.
The competition-focused cabin comes fitted with a racing dashboard and OMP Racing driver’s seat and safety harness.
OMP has also supplied the quick-release steering wheel, mounted on a racing column and equipped with a paddle shift system. The doors are lined with carbon fibre panels and the dashboard includes a racing display.
Much of these extravagant features are unlikely to be offered when the real production-ready Supra surfaces (even as an option extra), but for now, the concept provides the comfort in knowing that the Supra is indeed returning.
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