Toyota will create a successor to the Supra as soon it can, according to Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the GT 86. In a report last September, Toyota is in consideration of a plan to build two additional sports cars to be offered along with the GT 86 (Scion FR-S). Tada said that the GT 86 is the first of three new sports car models to be produced by Toyota.
The bad news is that it would take at least five years before any of them will be available in production form. The successor of the Toyota Supra will be the first one built. Tada told reporters during the launch of the Toyota 86 Experience that the request to make a Supra successor came from no less than president Akio Toyoda.
Toyota has admitted that producing sports cars is “very important” to its strategy. With regards to the lower-end model, Tada declined to confirm whether the successor to the MR2/MR-S will be in the form of a mid-engine or rear-wheel drive sports car. It’s also possible that it will be a convertible.
The much-awaited Toyota GT 86 has arrived in Europe, and it is now on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Expected to be sold across Europe in the summer of 2012, Toyota’s new compact 2+2 sports car is a driver-focused vehicle. Just like its spiritual predecessor -- the Toyota AE86 – the new Toyota GT 86 is designed for those who consider driving not just as a necessity but also as a passion.
It is for these drivers’ sake that Toyota created the new GT 86. This sports car is an embodiment of pure joy of driving, as achieved through precise and instantaneous response to the lightest turn of the steering wheel or to the smallest throttle inputs. Underpinned by a new platform, the new rear-wheel drive GT 86 is provided with a low yet highly aerodynamic and tightly stretched bodyshell. Its core goes back to the carmaker’s sporting roots – favoring a compact, front-mounted horizontally opposed 'boxer' petrol engine over a large displacement powerplant.
Thanks to the car’s distinct powertrain, its lightweight and very compact design, lower center of gravity and low inertia, the new GT 86 is able to achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio. Moreover, all these elements help the GT 86 gain a highly engaging and dynamic performance level, with very minimal electronic intrusion – resulting to an optimal driving pleasure.
The GT 86, in particular, is the spiritual successor of former Toyota sports cars that were also known for their ability to provide an intrinsic driving enjoyment and involvement. Toyota conceived the GT 86 with utmost focus on achieving pure classic sports car experience. Its engaging dynamics was built into the car, honed through competition and then fine-tuned to serve at the pleasure of passionate drivers.