You know when I wrote the Toyota FT-HS Concept article, I was thinking, hey this would be a great idea if it become the next Toyota Supra, and what do you know? Rumours are spreading like wildfire that yes indeed, this car has a great deal of potential to become the next Toyota Supra.
If your reading this and wondering, “hey whats a Toyota Supra” then perhaps this image will refresh your memory,
yes thats it, the loud cars with the gigantic wing that you see flying around the city late at night. Believe it or not, they are more than 10 years old and even today their timeless shape and cult following has kept them on Australian roads.
Toyota started the Supra project back in the days when it was still testing the ground to see if it could sell Luxury vehicles in the US, of course, now that Lexus is dominating the luxury segment in the states (and not doing too badly here either), the answer was an obvious yes.
However a few years ago Toyota went a little crazy, they decided that they no longer needed proper sports cars, they dumped the MR2 (After they turned it into the revolting male hairdresser car, which was its last incarnation), they dumped the Celica (having already dumped the GT4 version of the celicas some time ago) and they had already given up on the Supra back in 2002.
So whilst I say toyota gave up on sports cars, they of course had the Lexus IS series, but since Toyota wants to stay very separate to Lexus, there is no point in counting the IS series as part of Toyota’s sports line up. Hence began the era of “Sportivo” the horrible name associated with front-wheel-drive vehicles that were nothing more than a last minute decision to add some “sportyness” to the brand.
Of course for those who bought the likes of Camry/Corollo Sportivos, the sheer shame of driving a car named sportivo should have been enough disappointment, but Toyota has gotten away with having no real sports car for a very long time!
So enough about Toyota’s mistakes, lets just take a few minutes and admire this car:
Yes its absolutely gorgeous, and of course its only a prototype, but if this infact does turn into the new Toyota Supra, what will it be powered with? Remember how a while ago Car Advice Road Tested the Lexus GS-450h? Yes, you guessed it, this baby is going to be running the same drive train!
“It’s a new kind of sports car for the 21st century, eco and emotion in a sports car concept with a performance target of 0-60 mph (0-100km/hr) in about 4 seconds and a price tag in the mid-$30,000 (USD) range.” Kevin Hunter, the vice president of Calty Design Research
So its going to go up against the likes of the Nissan 350z, and honestly? This is going to be one awesome sports car thats going to catapult hybrid technology into the performance car market! Can you imagine modders going crazy with their electric motor to get more kWs?
Oh and if your wondering why all these photos are not of the real thing, its mainly because the car is currently only on display at the Detroit motorshow, but here is two photos that are of the actual car :