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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.
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.