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2019 Toyota Supra: What We Know So Far

Toyota reemerged the rear-wheel-drive sports car diversion with the 86 (née Scion FR-S) in 2012, and now it has something more aggressive underway. Something that fans have sat tight quite a while for—another Supra.

We knew for quite a while that Toyota was building up another games car in an organization with BMW, yet at the current year’s Geneva Motor Show, the uplifting news was affirmed with the GR Supra Racing Concept. At that point at Goodwood, Toyota flaunted a covered close generation Supra, encouraging it’ll carry on a long convention of rear-wheel drive, straight-six controlled games cars.

There is still a considerable measure of questions, however. So here, we’ve aggregated what we think about the 2019 Supra—in view of our discussions with chief engineer Tetsuya Tada at Geneva and Goodwood—in addition to a portion of the more dependable bits of gossip we’ve heard.


It’s Getting Straight-Six and Four-Cylinder Power

Toyota is building up the back wheel-drive stage for the Supra with BMW, and one preferred standpoint to this organization is access to smooth, straight-six power. At Goodwood, Toyota affirmed that the Supra will get an inline-six. Chief engineer Tada has been persistent the Supra will come so prepared.

Specs haven’t been confirmed yet, but we uncovered documents from transmission supplier ZF that indicate the Supra’s six will offer up 335 hp. This is BMW’s single-turbo 3.0-liter B58B30 unit, the same found in the M240i and many other cars from the German brand.

Those records from ZF likewise show that the Supra will get a four-barrel choice, as well. In particular, BMW’s turbocharged, 2.0-liter codenamed B48B20, which will make 262 hp. Toyota has been hesitant to affirm this motor, however at Goodwood, Tada revealed to us it’s a reality. He noticed this motor is lighter and offers better weight dispersion, and, it’s the ideal stage for motor swaps since it’s less expensive. So in case, you’re going to put a 2JZ in this new Supra, begin with the four-chamber.


There Might Not Be a Manual Option

Those documents from ZF indicate that both engines will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with no mention of a manual. In our conversations with Tada, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a manual Supra, but it seems unlikely. Perhaps if there’s demand for a manual down the line, Toyota may offer one, but for now, we’re preparing for an automatic-only Supra.


It Shares a Platform With the New BMW Z4

The Supra will be the result of a BMW-Toyota collaboration first announced in 2012. The two companies are working together on engines and lithium-ion batteries, and this rear-wheel-drive sports-car platform. In addition to the Supra, this platform will underpin the upcoming BMW Z4, which was first shown in concept from last year.

They won’t be twins, however. First of all, the BMW will just come as a roadster, while the Supra is a car. And keep in mind that they’ll share some real parts, the advancement work for every war did independently. We get the feeling that the Supra will be the more engaging games auto of the two.


It’ll Be Rear-Wheel Drive

We heard gossipy tidbits that the Supra could go all-wheel drive, however at Geneva, Tada-san affirmed that the MkV will be raised drive, similar to all Supras before it. He has some experience creating back drive autos, as he was the chief engineer of the Toyota 86.

Tada-san revealed to us that he’s taken exercises learned with the 86, and connected them to the Supra, encouraging it’ll be far and away superior to drive. He’s focusing on a 50-50 front-to-raise weight conveyance and an even lower focal point of gravity than the 86.

Addressing Motor1 UK a year ago, Shigeki Tomoyama, the leader of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division, said even Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is playing a functioning part in the Supra’s improvement. Evidently, he needed it to have a “more portable” back hub, which to us, sounds like it’ll be all great and slidey.


Toyota Is Testing It at the Nürburgring

There’s been no lack of videos showing the Supra in testing at Germany’s famous Nürburgring. This is the proving ground of choice for high-performance products and an indication that Toyota really wants the Supra to be a true driver’s car.


It’ll Be Made in Austria

Last May, we reported the Supra would be built in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, which is best known as the company that builds the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Toyota hasn’t confirmed this yet, but Magna has said it’ll be making the Z4 at its facility in Graz.


It’ll Debut After the Z4

Much the same as we saw the Z4 idea before we saw the Supra idea, Tada has said the generation Z4 will make a big appearance before the Supra. Car News reports that the Z4 will make a big appearance at some point this mid-year so that in any event gives us an ambiguous thought of when we’ll see the Supra in the entirety of its creation prepared radiance. We don’t know when precisely the Supra will make a big appearance, yet an automobile fair ahead of schedule one year from now appears to be likely.


It Might Not Be Cheap

In an interview with AutoRAI Toyota Europe, R&D chief Gerald Killmann said that the Supra “will not be a cheap car.” He said this to create a clear space between it and the more-affordable Toyota 86, which starts at $26,255.


It Might Be Smaller Than the MkIV Supra

In its March 2018 issue, Japan’s Best Car magazine has some claimed specs on the next-generation Supra. The magazine reports the new Supra’s dimensions as follows:

  • Wheelbase: 97.2 inches
  • Length: 172.4 inches
  • Width: 73 inches
  • Height: 50.8 inches
  • Weight: 3284 lbs

Interestingly, those numbers would make the new Supra a little shorter than the MkIV both in length and wheelbase. It would slightly taller and wider, though. Weight would come in a little above the naturally aspirated MkIV Supra’s 3215 lbs, but below the turbo’s 3415 lbs.

When we saw it face to face at Goodwood, the Supra looked moderately little. Furthermore, Tada revealed to us that it really has a shorter wheelbase than the effectively minimal 86.


It’s Going Racing

Toyota didn’t announce the return of the Supra with a race-car concept festooned with Gazoo Racing branding for no reason. We don’t know which series the Supra will race in, but Tada-san said that the concept was built to LM GTE specs, so it’s likely we’ll see it in the World Endurance Championship. Japan’s Super GT series seems like an obvious home too.

A less obvious home? NASCAR’s Xfinity series, but we’ll see there Supra next year. Of course, the Xfinity Supra is a Supra in a name (and vague appearance) only, but hey, we like to see it racing anywhere.

Tada-san told us that Toyota is developing the Supra race car alongside the road car, hopefully meaning it should be competitive right out of the gate. We’ll find out in due time.