The Toyota Supra is coming back, sixteen years after it was last built. True to its roots, while the Supra will be sold as a consumer model, it makes its world debut today as a modern racing concept.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept demonstrates “Toyota’s commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market,” the company said. Debuting it as a race vehicle, rather than as the consumer model, adds an extra level of interest, the company said.
The production Supra will be unveiled early next year.
The new Supra is being made in collaboration with BMW, which will release a convertible version of it as the all-new Z4.
The original Supra first appeared in 1978, becoming its own model after debuting as a larger, more powerful version of the second-generation Celica. Featuring a front engine and rear-wheel drive, the Supra stayed in production until 2002, bowing out as Toyota’s most powerful-ever production model.
The 1993 Supra, the model’s fourth generation, competed in the All-Japan GT Racing series, now known as the Super GT Series, and it won the GT500 class four times. The Supra also competed in IMSA sports car racing in the U.S. in the 1980s, and twice ran at Le Mans in the 1990s.
The GR Supra Racing Concept unveiled in Geneva was built by Toyota Gazoo Racing, still with a front-engine/rear-drive configuration. Its lightweight construction includes bumpers, hood, front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts, and wing made from composite material, while the windshield and side windows are made of plastic. It features a lowered suspension, BBS racing wheels, Brembo Racing calipers and discs, and racing exhaust; inside, there’s a quick-release steering weel, carbon fibre door panels, and full roll cage.
The concept will be featured in a new update of the Gran Turismo Sport video game, scheduled for release in April 2018.