After a 17 year hiatus, the Supra nameplate has returned to the automotive kingdom, unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show. A poorly kept secret and incessantly teased, the reveal is perhaps no longer really a surprise, but here are the details Toyota provided at today’s press conference.
CEO Akio Toyoda took the stage to tell a personal story about how Toyota master test driver Hiromu Naruse taught him how to race. During lessons at the Nürburgring, Toyoda was put behind a JZA80 Supra, even though it was already out of production at the time. With the Nürburgring being a popular venue for prototype testing by all automakers, Toyoda said he wondered why automakers from Audi to GM were in test mules of future sports cars, while he was driving a used car.
Toyoda jokingly referred to the new Supra as the “worst kept secret in the industry” before telling its origin story. When Toyoda saw that designers at his company’s Calty stuido had come up with a beautiful sports car concept, he knew that this would be the next Supra. Toyoda said the design inspired by 2000GT, which is more apparent in the production version than in the FT-1 concept.
Most of the specs have been known for a while, but also leaked over the weekend was that the starting price would be $49,990, which is lower than what many expected.
- Wheelbase 97.2 in.
- Overall Length 172.5 in.
- Overall Width 73.0 in.
- Overall Height 50.9 in.
- Track Width Front 62.8 in.
- Track Width Rear 62.6 in.
- Curb Weight 3,397 lbs.
- Weight Distribution: 50/50
- Power: 335 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
- Torque: 369 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm
- Transmission 8-Speed AT
- 0-60 mph 4.1 seconds
- Front tires: 255/35R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
- Rear Rires: 275/35R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
- Brakes: 13.7-in. front rotors, 4-piston Brembo calipers
- Adaptive Variable Suspension
Toyoda closed with one last tease. “SUVs are nice, but at the end of the day, is there anything better than a tight, rear-wheel-drive sports car? In fact, between you and me, I hope this isn’t the only sports car you see with at Toyota badge in the future.”