New model to be offered with either gasoline or hybrid powertrain
According to its sources, 7Tune is reporting that Toyota is in fact preparing a successor to the Supra. This top-level sports car has taken a back seat to the economy-minded 086A – the code name for the yet unnamed joint Toyota/Subaru project. It’s also likely that development of a Supra-successor has been slowed due to the current economic conditions.
This upcoming sports car will be based on the FT-HS concept, which debuted back in 2007. Like the FT-HS is will be a hybrid, but a non-hybrid version will also be offered.
In hybrid trim the production FT-HS is likely to get the a similar powerplant to the one found in cars like the Lexus GS450h. Using the same 3.5-liter V6 and a more powerful electric motor, the new Supra should make closer to 400hp, rather than the 339 in the GS. Details of a non-hybrid powertrain are non-existent.
7Tune is reporting a concept car should debut at this year’s Tokyo Auto Show with a production version not expected until 2011.