The last Toyota Supra is one of those rare cars that became a legend in its own time, but it’s been 16 years since it was discontinued. At the Geneva Motor Show this morning, the next generation of this venerated nameplate was unveiled — in racing form.
Decked out in Gazoo Racing livery, the car sports wide fenders, a giant wing, and plenty of aerodynamic and cooling structures. Beneath all the vents and canards, though it hews remarkably close to the Toyota FT-1 concept that Toyota unveiled four years ago.
Toyota gave few specific details about the car, so engine, transmission, or power and torque figures are not known [Update: Autoblog reports that the Supra will have a turbo but not a manual transmission]. What we do know is that it’s a true race car. The GR Supra uses lightweight composites in its construction, has a roll cage, fire extinguisher, and Lexan windows. Toyota says the pedal box, wiring harness, and fuel and brake lines are all competition standard. Its stance comes courtesy of a race suspension, BBS center-lock wheels wrapped in Michelin slicks over Brembo racing calipers.
While the exterior gives us a clue to what the production Supra will look like, the interior is anyone’s guess. Cabin-wise, it has only a racing dashboard, an OMP racing seat and harness, and quick-release steering wheel.
The only solid numbers Toyota revealed officially were its dimensions. It measures 4,574 mm long, 2,048 mm wide, and 1,230 mm tall. You can compare them with the A80, but these numbers are essentially meaningless because of all the aero aids and flared fenders on the concept. Perhaps more important is its 2,470 mm wheelbase, which measures 80 mm (3.14 in.) shorter than the A80.
Notably, Toyota never called it a Toyota, just the GR Supra Racing Concept. Some are even speculating that the production car itself might not be called a Toyota. While it’s true Aichi is going all-in on the Gazoo Racing sub-brand, we think the reason this car doesn’t wear Toyota badging is because it’s a race car that would be campaigned under the Gazoo banner. We’d be very surprised if the production car doesn’t have Toyota as its marque.
Toyota is not pulling any heritage punches in hyping up the Supra lineage. A video featuring all four generations of the Supra was played in Geneva, implying that the new car will also have a straight-six.
Lastly, the race car wears the number 90 on its doors. Toyota says this is a reference to the chassis code, progressing nicely from its A60, A70, and A80 predecessors. It heavily implies that this is not just a racing machine, but will become a production car as well. When that will be, we don’t know, but in the meantime enjoy some more images.
Ronan Glon is an automotive journalist and photographer living in France, and founder of Ran When Parked. Some images courtesy of Toyota.