The oh-so-hotly anticipated 2019 Toyota Supra has surfaced, if images and details published in Japan’s Best Car magazine are to be believed.
Of course, while the vehicle shown in the hugely popular Japanese-language mag could be nothing more than a set of commissioned renderings, they’re markedly close in design to camouflaged prototypes that have been spied testing in recent months.
If these images prove accurate, it is clear we can look forward to a coupe heavily inspired by the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept – albeit without the imposing and supercar-like dimensions of that original design.
Just when we’ll see the new Supra unveiled is unclear, with Toyota having already confirmed it will show a winged racing concept in Geneva next month – and the company has made no secret of its plans to revive its now legendary coupe.
Key features of the red car’s design include a blade-like protrusion out of the inside corner of each headlight, flanking an extended snout and a three-port intake design. Smaller ports are set below each headlight.
Little else is known about the new Supra, although Toyota long ago confirmed the new coupe would be developed and build in partnership with BMW – the latter spinning its next Z4 off the shared architecture.
Best Car claims an overall length of 4380mm with a 2470mm wheelbase, weighing in at 1496kg. If correct, this would confirm speculation that the new Supra will be much smaller than the fourth-generation Supra that retired in 2002.
While the big ‘Mark 4’ Supra coupe measured in at 4515mm long with a 2550mm wheelbase, this new car should prove more nimble and athletic.
Past reports have suggested we can expect power to come from a range of BMW and Toyota powertrains, with both manual and automatic transmissions on offer.
Talk of a manual transmission may prove unfounded, however, with that information coming from an unnamed Toyota representative quoted by a online forum user. Previous reports have suggested an eight-speed auto will be the only transmission offered.
Clearly we can look forward to more details being confirmed in the year ahead, but for now we must wait for next month’s Geneva motor show for our first proper look at Toyota’s new-generation hero coupe.
NOTE: Best Car pages via Supramkv.com forums.