Toyota planning a Supra successor but also a smaller sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 6, 2011

Toyota will develop two more sports cars, one of which is a spiritual successor to the Supra, its cult car. Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, who is tasked to develop the company's new 86 sports car, said that there is some space in the Toyota range for a three-tier sports car, with one car seen to come below the 86 and another one right above it.

The return of these three new sports cars is reminiscent of Toyota’s era of two-door sports cars, which were as valuable and iconic as the LandCruiser. Tada said that the 86 will be a mid-size sports car and that there will also be none smaller and one bigger. However, there is no final decision yet.

He added that this would be “like a Supra successor.” This car would be another joint venture with Subaru, which was a co-developer for the GT 86 (or the Subaru BRZ) but it will be relying on the concept.

Throughout history, Subaru’s experience with two-door sports cars hasn’t exactly been smooth. In the 1990s, there weren’t many consumers attracted to the Vortex’s wedge shape and the stocky, pricey and strangely styled SVX had a tough time.

Meanwhile, Toyota has a more comprehensive sports car history, including the Celica, mid-engined MR2 and flagship Supra. These were all successful but still, they were discontinued in the past 10 years.

The Supra is an iconic sports car that Toyota built from the late 1970s to 2002. Car tuners consider the Supra as a favorite. It was powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine. In the early 1990s, it became popular in Australia but it was phased out in 1993. [source: Drive | image source: BullfinchVisuals]

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