Finally. After what feels like a lifetime of rumors, spy photos, and speculation, Toyota has released a teaser photo touting a “modern racing concept” that we believe will be the first official look at the new Supra. And not only that, but Toyota put a date, time, and place on the unveiling as well: Tuesday, March 6, at 3:45 a.m. ET, at the Geneva auto show.
We’ve spied prototypes and seen concept cars that give us a good sense of what’s coming for both the Supra and the BMW Z5, which share architectural underpinnings, but the above image is the clearest look yet released to the public eye of exactly what Toyota intends to build. The photo shows a double-bubble roof, a large pedestal wing, a ducktail-style rear decklid, and pronounced rear shoulders. None of the test mules we’ve spied had such a wing, but the FT-1 concept that previewed the Supra’s styling had an integrated hydraulic wing that stood tall when deployed. Remember, though, this new one is being billed as a racing concept, and it’s likely to differ from the production road car in significant ways.
Although Toyota did not specifically use the name Supra in the press announcement, it said this concept “signals Toyota’s commitment to bring back to the market its most iconic sports car.” It is possible that Toyota will release this concept under the Gazoo Racing umbrella, with an accompanying announcement that it expects to race the car, but that’s just more speculation for now.
If we’re to believe the folks at SupraMKV.com and the Japanese magazine Best Car, the standard Supra will get 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque from a BMW-built turbocharged inline-six and will weigh less than 3300 pounds. We’ll have to wait until March (or longer) to find out if there’s any truth to those numbers.