Toyota Will Reveal A Supra Concept Plus Two Other Sports Cars In October

  • By Website Team Technicians
  • 30 Jan, 2017

It seems Toyota is looking to get back into the fun car arena.

By Peter Lyon

The Supra concept leads a show-car trio from Toyota that also will include, according to the Japanese magazine   Best Car , Toyota's S-FR and Corolla GTI concepts. We first saw the next-generation Supra's design direction when the company unveiled   its FT-1 concept , shown above, in January 2014, and the final product will take strong styling hints from that car. The final design is a collaboration between Toyota's headquarters in Toyota City and the company's Calty studio, located in California.

Co-developed with BMW   and using the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the upcoming Z5, we can expect to see the Supra powered by Toyota's own 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and a flagship 340-hp turbo 3.0-liter V6 married to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter hybrid is expected to join the lineup a year after the launch in late 2018. Although still a concept, the Tokyo car is described as very close to production.

The BMW Z5, on the other hand, will employ the German company's turbocharged inline-four and straight-six powerplants and incorporate special lightweight carbon-fiber technology borrowed from   the i3   and   i8.   It's slated for a Frankfurt auto show debut in September.

In an attempt to show that Toyota means business with its effort to create a stronger sports-car range—one that encompasses small, medium and large sports cars—Japan's number-one automaker also will unveil a purist coupe called the S-FR II concept, an evolution of   the concept seen at the 2015 Tokyo auto show . With its huge grille, funky proportions, and short overhangs, the tiny rear-wheel-drive coupe will slot in at the bottom of Toyota's sports-car lineup. It's powered by a 116-hp turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine or a 130-hp naturally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-four, with both versions expected to be offered with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota's "Mr. 86," Tetsuya Tada, father of the Scion FR-S (now the Toyota 86), has been tasked with bringing the S-FR to global markets at a starting price under $15,000—and, yes, that potentially could include the United States.

Rounding out Toyota's sporty concepts will be a GTI version of the Corolla. Based on the new 12th-generation car due out later this year, which will use Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA), the GTI is a four-door hatchback packing a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four and a specially tuned suspension in an effort to go up against the Volkswagen GTI.

Combine the high-profile splash of three sports-car debuts at the Tokyo show with a hoped-for win at Le Mans after last year's engine failure on the final lap, a welcome return to the World Rally Championships, and the all-new Lexus LC500–based GT3 challenging the top runners in Japan's Super GT series, and it looks like 2017 could reshape Toyota's image and inject some passion back into the brand.

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