By on March 6, 2018

Despite being off the market for 16 years, the Toyota Supra remains relevant as the brand’s most famous performance machine. That’s partially because the automaker never built a worthy successor but, even if it had, the Supra had already cemented its identity as an absolute monster before ending production in 2002.

You’ll find countless hours of footage where the model embarrasses high-end exotics in straight-line speed, usually thanks to heavy modifications. Likewise, its appearances in film and video games saw it coveted by automotive enthusiasts well before they learned how to drive.

That puts a lot of pressure on the automaker to deliver something that can live up to the hype; as a result, Toyota’s been very cagey on the Supra’s progress. However, we now have something resembling a production vehicle. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is a hypothetical track version of the roadgoing fifth-generation model we’ve yet to see.

While any talk of how closely the GR Concept will resemble the production model is purely speculative, Gazoo Racing typically tacks on quite a bit of bodywork for track-ready cars without muddling the original appearance. This could still be the basic shape of the upcoming coupe; in fact, Toyota said the Racing Concept demonstrates its “commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market.”

Furthermore, the vehicle maintains a number of design elements from the FT-1 — a concept car believed to preview the fifth-generation Supra’s styling back in 2014. If Toyota has bothered to stick with those cues until now, it’s a good bet we’ll see it on the production model.

The real Supra will probably lack the GR’s large rear wing, however. Even though the car was historically famous for boasting a sizable spoiler in its later days, we doubt Toyota would give it a competition-style deck straight straight from the factory. It’ll also lose the massive diffuser and racing canards for street duty, while gaining an interior befitting of drives to locales that don’t end with the word “speedway” or “circuit.”

Measuring 180.1 inches long, 80.6 inches wide, 48.4 inches tall, the GR Supra Racing Concept seems ideal for motorsport. But it may be too stout for daily driving. We wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota increased the ride height slightly and narrowed its hips by an inch or two. Otherwise, we’re guessing the production Supra will look quite a bit like the vehicle you’re seeing now — just without the full roll cage, fire extinguishers, OMP driver’s seat, safety harness, and elaborate paint scheme.

If you want to see more of the model, the GR Supra Racing Concept will feature in an update for the Gran Turismo Sport video game in April of 2018, and is presently on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

[Images: Toyota]

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8 Comments on “Toyota Unveils Supra Racing Concept as Possible GR Halo Car...”


  • avatar
    bluegoose

    It lives up to hype..at least in terms of looks.

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    This is very close to the concept, just lose the diffuser, wing, canards, ride height bump and then smaller fenders and wheels and its about production ready.

    The question is how well will a 2 seater do for Toyota and how many trims will they make?

    We already know there will not be a manual. So it’s an auto with a BMW sourced inline 6 probably with a higher end model sporting a hybrid as well.

    • 0 avatar
      scott25

      I think there’ll be a manual at some point, especially if this replaces the 86 as it probably will.

      • 0 avatar
        Noble713

        I’d be really surprised if it **replaces** the 86, they are in totally different market brackets IMO (price-wise), especially for Japanese buyers.

        My take on the new Supra:

        Pros:
        -Styling
        -Modern Inline 6 w/ closed-deck block
        -The BMW B58 and S55 seem to make decent power (not sure which is in the Supra yet)

        Cons:
        -no manual trans
        -glacial development timeline
        -Generally not a fan of BMW reliability and overly-complex engine designs
        -doesn’t really offer ANY significant improvement compared to a MkIV Supra.

        You’ve had 20 years Toyota! And you’re trying to sell me a car with almost the same factory specs as what I already own? (330hp @3,300lbs & ~$60k). GTFO…..

        Sure, if you don’t have a MkIV already, I guess you could buy this in lieu of a C7 Vette but……meh. And I too have become a huge Toyota fan over the past 6 years of Toyota ownership so I’m pretty disappointed right now.

        • 0 avatar
          raph

          Power might not be much different but you’ve got two decades of chassis and suspension engineering going into the car.

          I’d bet real money the chassis is easily two to three times the torsional rigidity of your car in stock form and the new car’s suspension will most ikely allow it to leverage its tire package to greater effect.

          I’d honestly be surprised if the new car didn’t trounce the old car in two out of three areas (acceleration/handling/braking) and stock for stock all three.

          • 0 avatar
            Noble713

            You make very valid points re: chassis rigidity and suspension performance.

            And yes, stock for stock it should set much better ‘Ring times, etc….

            But then price/value proposition comes into play…and I find

            “used car + basic mods + saving money” >>>>> “new stock car”

            Of course, some clean used Supras are hitting ridiculous prices so buying a 2019 model might actually be cost-effective.

  • avatar
    Jean-Pierre Sarti

    as a life long toyota fan even i have lost interest in this thing. for me these periodic teasers have just become back ground noise…

  • avatar
    W.Minter

    Clever marketing. They don’t want to repeat the mediocre Toyobaru launch strategy as a street-focused car. They want to sell the Supra as a direct offspring of an original Toyota race car (not as a Oh-that’s-the-Z4-from-Toyota), which is actually a brilliant idea. And of course it’s corporate strategy, as Toyota invests in racing to develop better technology which may pay off later on the road. Track or gravel first, street second. Of course, this strategy is extremely risky, because the GR Supra looks like it could eat an F-Type R for lunch, and of course ze interwebz bench racers & freebee journos will be highly disappointed to see max. 440 hp or so (BMW B58B30M0 offers up to now 355 (NA) / 360 (EU) hp, MB cranked the 3.0 I6 up to 401 EU-hp in the E43, F-Type 400 Sport offers … 400 hp).


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