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Toyota brings preliminary study to the new Supra

Toyota brings preliminary study to the new Supra

At the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese car maker wants to announce the successor to one of the most popular Japanese sports cars with a racing car concept.

Herbie Schmidt

Evident is a double arched roof and a rump integrated into the rear.  The mighty rear wing of the upcoming sports Toyota should belong to the racing version.  (Picture: PD)

Evident is a double arched roof and a rump integrated into the rear. The mighty rear wing of the upcoming sports Toyota should belong to the racing version. (Picture: PD)

One should not expect too much when Toyota pulls the cloth of a race car study at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, even if the manufacturer claims to signal «the return of the most legendary sports car».

What may be glimpsed on the first published image might not be street legal in all countries. The powerful rear wing is not suitable for everyday use and belongs more to a racing car than to a sports car for everyone.

But wait a minute, there was already a Toyota approved for the road coupe with striking rear spoiler, the Supra of 1993, which was manufactured until 2002 and a three-liter gasoline engine with six cylinders and up to 330 hp power. It was the fourth and so far last generation of the powerful sports car from Toyota.

The strikingly steep rear wing of the Supra of 1993 allowed a clear view of the driver through the rearview mirror.  (Image: BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons)

The strikingly steep rear wing of the Supra of 1993 allowed a clear view of the driver through the rearview mirror. (Image: BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons)

The model history of the Toyota Supra began in 1978, when the Celica XX Supra was built as a top Celica model for Japan and the US, with up to 140 hp and a longer wheelbase.

The original Supra of 1978 was only available in Japan and the USA.  (Image: Dave_7 / Wikimedia Commons)

The original Supra of 1978 was only available in Japan and the USA. (Image: Dave_7 / Wikimedia Commons)

The second generation of the Celica Supra started in 1981 and was also available in Switzerland. Still recognizable as a modified Celica, made the straight-six with 2.8 liter displacement 170 hp.

The first Supra with pop-up headlights is still recognizable as a Celica derivative.  (Image: Ryanandlenny / Wikimedia Commons)

The first Supra with pop-up headlights is still recognizable as a Celica derivative. (Image: Ryanandlenny / Wikimedia Commons)

It followed in 1986, the first independent Toyota Supra, which in contrast to the then front-wheel drive Celica decreed rear-wheel drive and was revised twice. Last made the six-cylinder thanks to turbocharging up to 238 hp. The third generation was built until 1992.

Generation 3 was the first independent Supra.  (Image: Rudolf Stricker / Wikimedia Commons)

Generation 3 was the first independent Supra. (Image: Rudolf Stricker / Wikimedia Commons)

The provisional last generation with said conspicuous rear wing no longer had folding headlamps in comparison to the model generations 2 and 3, but lights integrated into the rounded front.

For the first time again without folding headlights, but with a large rear wing: The last Toyota Supra, whose production expired in 2002.  (Picture: PD)

For the first time again without folding headlights, but with a large rear wing: The last Toyota Supra, whose production expired in 2002. (Picture: PD)

In Geneva, so now is a first taste of Generation 5 at the Toyota booth. Experts expect a vehicle that is little off coming BMW sports coupe Z4 should differ as both cars were developed together. Initial pictures of Erlkönigen in the experimental stage confirm this assessment. That the new sports Toyota but again supra name would be pure speculation.

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