Toyota USA Sales chief executive gave hints on a new Supra

Article by Anita Panait, on September 3, 2013

In a recent Bloomberg interview, Toyota USA Sales CEO Kazuo Ohara hinted that a there will be a new Supra as it attempts to boost its sporting image with products such as the Toyota GT 86. There have been plenty of speculations about a Toyota Supra successor, particularly after the Toyota GT 86 jointly developed with Subaru was presented.

Ohara said in the interview that Toyota is looking at several options, one of which is the Supra. Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said something similar earlier in the year, stating that he is hopeful that the Supra name will rise once again with BMW and Toyota’s new partnership to develop a lightweight sports car, aside from hydrogen technology.

There are reports that indicate that Uchiyamada wants this jointly developed sports car to be a model that’s distinct from the smaller Toyota GT 86 to guarantee that the new car will be deserving of the Supra name.

It can be recalled that from 1978 until 1999, Toyota sold the Supra in the U.S. as its flagship sports car model.

The last generation Supra continues to be regarded as the most iconic, with the amazing performance from its available 320 hp, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. Earlier this year, there were reports that the new Supra would probably use the same platform as the next BMW Z4.

It’s reported to be powered by either a BMW-sourced turbocharged engine or a hybrid drivetrain, with front-wheel electric motors that could give the rear-wheel-drive sports car with all-wheel drive. It’s possible that the new Supra will take inspiration from the Toyota FT-HS hybrid sports car concept from 2007. [source: Bloomberg]

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