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It’s not every day that AutoGuide launches a new weekly feature. Today, however, is not just any day; it’s first installment of an interactive segment we call ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.
After stunning the world with a Lexus super car, and surprising us with the pure driving experience of the Scion FRS, Toyota R&D is now rumored to be working on the return of the most legendary Toyota of all– the Supra.
While the Mark IV Supra was discontinued amid a struggling Japanese economy, its popularity never ceased and has remained one of the tuner favorites of all time. With big shoes to fill, the new Supra is rumored to use a hybrid drivetrain, utilizing a 3.5 liter V6 engine to deliver about 400-hp to the rear wheels. What’s more, Toyota will be working on the Supra’s performance and price point with the Nissan GTR in mind.
However, Toyota’s board is not rushing Supra’s release and are hesitant on the project until they can evaluate the sales number of the GT86. Its production tentatively scheduled for 2015, the Supra is likely to heavily borrow styling characteristics from the FT-HS concept from the 2007 Detroit Auto Show.
GALLERY: Toyota FT-HS Concept
[Source: Motor Trend]
Maybe it’s just been that long since Toyota has worked on a new sports car, but it looks like their collaboration with Subaru on the GT 86/BRZ/Scion FR-S may have just been the beginning. Toyota is already considering two additional models to their sports car lineup, one that would be slotted below the GT 86 and another would be upmarket, possibly a Supra successor.
I would like to have one smaller and one larger,” said Tada. “One would probably be a Supra follower. Nothing has been decided yet. It would [be] like a Supra successor,” Tetsuya Tada, GT 86 chief engineer told Drive.
Of course there’s no confirmation from Toyota on whether or not a Supra successor will exist or even if they’ll really be working on a pair of new models to go with their GT 86. It’ll be interesting to see what else could come from the Toyota and Subaru collaboration, as the GT 86/BRZ/FR-S is clearly going to be a success.
[Source: Left Lane News]
There once was a time when Toyota used to have many sporty coupes in its line-up, like the MR-2, Celica and even a Camry V6 coupe. However, their flagship model was the Supra, a car that could keep up and beat almost anything offered by the Germans or the Americans at the time.
In the last decade, Toyota had axed all its sporty coupes, with the Supra bowing out in 2002, leaving many fans wanting for more.
Over the last few years, the rumor-mill has been busy with talk about the resurrection of the Supra, most of which revolve around a slightly toned down version of the Lexus LFA.
While Toyota officially denies these rumors, according to some insiders, a skunkworks project is underway and we could see a new Supra by 2014. Whether it be based on the FT-86 or the LFA platform (or something entirely new) is not known. Either way, sportscar fans can’t wait to see the fifth-generation Supra. Neither can we.
Porsche may be bringing back the old-school Targa top in the next-generation 911 after rumours have spread that the current sliding-glass assembly has become too heavy and expensive. Porsche stopped producing the old-school set up after the 1996 993 model came out featuring an electronic system. After a 15 year hiatus, we may see the old targa set up make a comeback.
Interestingly, Porsche coined the term ‘Targa’ to refer to its removable top, introduced on the 911 in 1966 after fears became apparent that authorities were preparing to ban full convertibles due to safety concerns.
Not many current cars use a Targa setup. In the 90s, the Toyota Supra, Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird all had great Targa top setups. Hopefully we will see the next Porsche 911 use this fabulous system again. It will probably be a few years before the next Targa comes out but stay tuned for more info!
Every year over in Houston, Texas, Toyota Supras from all over the nation gather at the Lonestar Motorsports Park for a weekend of motorsports festivities. It begins with a Dyno Day then a weekend of test-n-tune and drag racing. Over the years, every big player in the Supra industry has shown up with Florida heavyweights Titan Motorsports and Big Daddy being no exceptions to the rule. This year however, there was plenty more excitement when the two MKIV Supras took to the track.
Titan’s Supra has really been shoved aside for their full race program, with it only making select appearances yearly. One thing’s for sure, they never miss the Texas event with their infamous Copper Supra. Their day started out just fine, rolling out a 7.75 @ 178 mph pass as they made the rounds in the Unlimited Class. Fast forward to the end of the day and Titan found themselves in the final against fellow Florida rival, Big Daddy.
Big Daddy knew they’d have to be on their A-game to topple Titan’s giant, but unfortunately they might have pushed the pedal a little too hard as their Supra goes out of control, flying through the center line and into Titan’s lane slamming into the wall. Titan’s driver, Gary White, was able to escape with minimal damage to the car (though it’s still not a pretty sight) and luckily both drivers were just fine after the accident.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: Titan Motorsports Blog]
Considering how many years the MKIV Toyota Supra has been out of production, it’s amazing that the aftermarket continues to come up with new parts for it. But why not? The Supra remains one of the most versatile vehicles in the world when it comes to customization.
Veilside possibly has some of the world’s most famous Supras, and it looks like they wanted to make yet another statement at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon with the introduction of their 4509 GTR. Based on the MKIV Toyota Supra Turbo, Veilside decided to blend some luxury styling to the sports coupe.
A quick glance on the exterior and it’s easy to mistake the Supra with a Bentley, given its massive front grille. The front bumper also clearly hints at the Bentley Continental GT, while the headlights provide a tip of the hat to Audi’s R8 supercar.
And naturally, the Supra sports a massive widebody, allowing Veilside to squeeze 20-inch wheels in the front and massive 22-inch wheels in the rear. The custom body is constructed out of a combination of carbon fiber and fiberglass.
For the interior, the luxury theme continues with leather and diamond-stitched Alcantara, a sporty steering wheel and custom gauge cluster/panel.
Squeezing horsepower out of the Supra’s 2JZ is no secret nowadays, so it’s not too impressive, but worth noting, that Veilside’s Supra sports an HKS upgraded turbo kit to help put down 680-hp and 594.5 ft-lbs of torque. Complementing all the performance modifications is a new clutch, exhaust, Rotora big brakes and suspension mods.
GALLERY: Veilside 4509 GTR Toyota Supra
There’s probably nothing more we love than to see an enthusiast build something so unique that we can honestly say we’ve seen nothing like it. And it’s even better when the entire build was documented, like this one was, starting back in August of 2008. The star of this piece? None other than the infamous DeLorean sporting a Toyota 2JZ engine swap.
Quite possibly one of the coolest engine swaps we’ve ever seen, this DeLorean put down 395-hp and 376 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels on the dyno. And from the looks of the build thread and extensive photos (over 50!), it’s obvious that this swap took a lot of hard work, dedication and custom fabrication. Most enthusiasts normally give up after a year or so of having their car sitting up on jack stands and occupying space in the garage, but this build paid off. The owner clearly has a wickedly fast car that has got to be a ton of fun to drive.
The DeLorean is currently only boosting 15 psi, but the owner says it’s plenty fast enough for him. And at the time of his last reporting, the owner ran several mid-12 second passes prior to installing a Quaife differential. He was also in talks with ACT to supply a clutch that would do a much better job in putting the power to the ground. But knowing what we know about the potential of the 2JZ, this owner could easily have the world’s fastest DeLorean right now, and if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t take much more to put down 500-600 whp.
We’re guessing it has absolutely no problems hitting 88-mph.
GALLERY: Toyota Supra 2JZ-Powered DeLorean
In a move that is certain to create a lot of buzz in automotive circles, Toyota has re-applied for a trademark on the Supra name – perhaps suggesting a new Supra is in the works. The application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 16 after Toyota had let its trademark expire back in 2006.
Adding to the rumors is the recent announcement by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda that he’d like to see a new Supra model and even have it tested, “in the near future.” Toyoda did, however, warn that in order to get a Supra-successor project off the ground it would require more than just his backing.
Toyota won’t speak about future product plans and instead has just commented that re-registering for the name is a common business practice – although it certainly does raise questions as obviously the only reason to re-register the name would be to use on a future project.
The folks a C&D suggest the Supra badge could be used on the production model of the FT-86 concept, but our sources have already indicated that model will get the FR-S badge.
Back in the early 2000′s, when import and sport compact drag racing was hitting the main spotlight, several race teams were experimenting with Toyota‘s Supra 2JZ-GTE powerplant. Whether it was in their Pro RWD drag car or their Street Tire class Supras, the 2JZ seemed to be the engine to beat when it came to making plenty of reliable horsepower. Even today, Titan Motorsports has shown just how great the 2JZ can be in their Scion tC drag car which is currently lapping 3′s in the 1/8th-mile repeatedly.
What many didn’t know however were that those same teams were also experimenting with other Toyota powerplants, perhaps to find a leg up on their competition. Another main reason was that they knew sooner or later 2JZ-GTE’s would be hard to come across. The Supra was no longer in production and sooner or later the engines were bound to be extinct. Even though that day still hasn’t come, those teams thought ahead and many of them did indeed test with larger power plants, mainly the 4.5L Landcruiser motor. Its inline-six design was similar to the Supra’s 2JZ-GTE and many figured this 1FZ-FE would take forced induction well.
But at the end of the day, the Landcruiser power plant never became a necessity for many drag teams, already having plenty of success with the potent 2JZ. This doesn’t mean that the dream has died, and for some aspiring enthusiasts there are still Supras being built out there with the idea of sporting a large 4.5L under the hood.
Here is one that has recently surfaced, sporting a gigantic turbo ready to be unleashed. It is worth noting that this project looks to be out of Japan (Ed.: It’s actually from Russia), with the right-hand drive and barely visible R34 Skyline GT-R in the background of one of the photos. While the engine conversion is crazy all on its own, photos reveal that this Supra has also received an AWD conversion, possibly making it one insane straight-line bullet. Hopefully more will be revealed on this car and it doesn’t become another Internet superstar that never sees the track.
[Source: Phil's Car Blog]
GALLERY: Landcruiser-Powered Toyota Supra
Earlier this month we reported about Samuel Hubinette’s plans for 2010. What some may not remember is that merely three years ago, celebrity and son of Hulk Hogan, Nick Hogan, was actually competitively drifting alongside Samuel in a Dodge Viper SRT-10. Clearly the fame that came with Nick Hogan and fast cars wasn’t from his short drifting career. Instead, it was from the tragic accident that proved that there is such thing as too much horsepower. Nonetheless, the kid’s back out on the prowl and has committed to the Xtreme Drift Circuit (XDC) campaigning a black turbocharged Nissan 350Z.
The good news out of all this is that Nick Hogan will be involved with a group called “Keep It On The Track”, promoting and educating Americans the consequences of participating in illegal street races and driving without a seat belt. Perhaps it’s a day late, especially for the unfortunate passenger during Hogan’s Supra accident, but hey whatever it takes to keep it off the streets.
We couldn’t help but to include one of Hogan’s highlights from his last drifting endeavor, taking a champion-caliber car and finding the wall at Irwindale Speedway. That’s after the jump.
The latest bit of Acura NSX gossip points to a return of the luxury Japanese automaker’s flagship sports car, but as an all-wheel drive hybrid. 7Tune is reporting from their sources that when the next generation NSX (known as the Advanced Sports Car Concept) was canned, it was actually more of a temporary matter as the automaker did some soul searching.
The new model is to be called (at least initially) Super Hybrid Sports (SHS) and use a V6 hybrid system to deliver as much as 450hp. It will also get Honda’s SH-AWD system.
The platform will also be shared with the next generation of the Acura RL, although in the RL the structure will be made of steel and in the SHS it will be made of aluminum.
Giving credence to this speculation are reports that Toyota is working successor to the Supra, which will be a high-performance hybrid, along the lines of the FT-HS Concept.
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.