New Toyota Supra Approved by Company CEO
Toyoda has given the green light to the development of a new Supra, as autocar reports. However, the executive stressed the fact that this doesn’t necessarily mean that the car will reach the roads, as the project might be killed by other company decision makers.
Toyoda said that he “wants to see the next Supra tested in the near future” but underlined that “even if one president says that we want to have a Supra again, the whole company is not going to be responding to that request”.
Various media reports show that the new Supra, together with a fresh generation of the MR2 compact sports car, will be launched in 2013-2014. Both model will be offered as hybrid vehicles. The Supra is expected to be powered by a powertrain that mixes electric power with a V6 powerplant, just like the one present on the 2007 FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sport) concept on which the car is based. The MR-2 will have a hybrid powertrain that uses a 1.5 liter petrol unit.
The development of the Supra is running alongside the FT-86 project (the delayed sports car co-developed by Toyota and Subaru).
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This 2GR-GATSE would power a 6 speed manual or 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift Transmission. The transmission would send power to a computer-controlled active rear differential. The differential would be built with adjustable traction control and would work with the APSSS electric active suspension.
The last supra took a decade to develop and was designed to be the epitome of automotive technology like all flagship performance cars. The vehicle I described is completely possible for the Toyota corporation to create. Anything less is a disappointing.