The long-awaited new Toyota Supra “will not be a cheap car” when it finally returns to dealerships after a hiatus of nearly two decades, an executive confirmed to a Dutch newspaper recently.
“The platform is the same [as the upcoming BMW Z4]. The same applies to the powertrain. The styling is of course completely different and also the adjustment of the chassis will be very different. The powertrain is not a hybrid, but a petrol engine,” Gerald Killmann, a vice-president of R&D at Toyota Europe told AutoRAI.
“It will not be a cheap car. There will be a clear difference between the GT86 and Supra. The GT86 remains the affordable sports car, the Supra becomes the performance model. Whether the production will be limited, we are not going now.”
Killman revealed a few other details, including that the car was developed mostly in Japan, with little input from his European branch. Other rumours that have apparently been confirmed include the fact a manual gearbox won’t be available; that a racing version (already debuted) will be hitting the circuits in the near-future; and that the car will be fully revealed in 2019.
Although a Toyota badge generally implies relative affordability, the company has been known to turn out some pretty expensive sports cars, too; when one of the most iconic generations of the Supra hit the market in the mid-’90s, it retailed for about US$80,000, adjusted for inflation.
The new BMW-based car will hit dealerships in 2019 if we’re lucky.