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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.