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Toyota Supra Successor in the Works Could Be a Hybrid

Last updated 4 years ago

We have heard rumblings on this before, but once again the idea of a successor to the Supra has hit the news, and it looks like this time it will come into fruition.  

The original concept of a Supra successor was created in 2007 and was named the FT-HS. After a tough economic downturn in 2008 Toyota was forced to scrap the project, until now.

With the releases of the Lexus LFA Supercar and the Scion FR-S (based on the popular 80’s racing vehicle the Toyota AE86), the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Toyota to release its own sports vehicle.

The new Supra is expected to feature a mid-engine, all-wheel-drive architecture and it is  rumored that it will feature a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid system that would receive some high-performance tuning to make it capable of generating over 400 horsepower. The way the vehicle will work is that the V-6 will power the rear wheels of the car, while in-wheel electric motors generate power to the front wheels. The engine will feature a CVT transmission similar to the new Lexus RX.

There is no clear word on what the Supra’s design will look like, however it will use the GRMN MRS (Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring) prototype chassis, named after car developer Hiromu Naruse, which has been tested at Fuji Speedway.

While there has been no official approval from the higher-ups at Toyota, it has been speculated that this new Supra could see a release day in 2015. Pricing for this vehicle can only be speculated now, however it is expected to be placed over the Scion FR-S and it is likely to command about $60,000.

Stay tuned for more information on the possible return of the Supra!

 

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