This should tide us over until Detroit, they think.
Toyota seems so intent on the slow-drip tease of their all-new Supra that the hype train can’t help but get bogged down. This week, the Japanese automaker has released photograph of a car they plan to unveil at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
Called the GR Supra Super GT Concept, it will likely never see the showroom floor but is more likely to serve as the basis for a race ready version for motorsport purposes, namely Japan’s Super GT series. Its large rear wing and visibly extended rear diffuser elements are dead giveaways, and resemble the GR Supra Racing Concept from earlier this year.
We do wonder why Toyota are choosing to release this image at this time, though, as we are just a few months away from the full reveal of the next-generation Supra in Detroit come January, one that was engineered in collaboration with BMW, who showed off its sister product, the Z4, at the Geneva Motor Show back in March.
It’s curious to note how much more time Toyota is taking with the Supra considering how much it and the Z4 share under the skin. With its full unveil scheduled for next month, we would have waited for nearly a full additional year for Supra after the Z4’s reveal. Is it possible that a full year’s worth of changes and differences can explain the disparity in development time?
For 2019, though, it seems that the premiere of the ‘base’ Supra will just be the start of a rollout of their new performance car family as hints have been frequent which say that a more hardcore version of the relatively plush Supra will be forthcoming by midyear, possibly followed by an even more powerful version with a hybrid powertrain.
For the time being, though, we know that the upcoming Supra will be powered by a BMW B58 3.0-litre straight six turbocharged petrol engine producing in the region of 225kW, sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.