Is Toyota bringing back to life its Supra sports car? The Japanese carmaker is thought to be reviving the now dead Toyota Supra sports car, but hasn’t yet made any official statement about it. The biggest indicator could have been a supplement brochure showing off the Toyota Supra, but that really doesn’t mean a thing unless the carmaker confirms it.
Citing a report from a Serbian Web site, our friends at Motor1 initially said the brochure was official material from Toyota. However, Motor1 later posted an update saying that the brochure is actually a supplement to Holiday Auto, a Japanese magazine. The cover features a headline that says “The sports of Toyota, All-new Supra.” The cover also features a close-up image of a headlight, purportedly belonging to the new Toyota Supra.
The second page contains a table in Japanese text. It tells us that the new Supra measures 4,380 mm (172 inches) in length, 1,830 mm (72 inches) in width and 1,280 mm (50 inches) in height. Moreover, the table says that the new Supra has a wheelbase that measures 2,470 mm (97 inches). The brochure went on to say that the new Toyota Supra – depending on the version -- will weigh between 2,976 lbs and 3,152 lbs (1,350 kg and 1,430 kg). In addition, the new Toyota Supra would ride on 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
Likewise, the supplement brochure also specified the available powerplants for the Toyota Supra. Three engine choices were detailed, headlined by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that generates 192 hp (143 kW) of output and 320 Nm (236 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. A more powerful variant of the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine is also listed, with 252 hp (188 kW) of max output and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. These two mills will be joined by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops up to 340 hp (253 kW) of output and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.
At a glance, the brochure seems legit. But upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that it isn’t. The image on the cover is a good indicator that the Supra brochure is a fake – the headlight practically belongs to the Toyota FT-1 concept. While it is possible that a new Supra would be inspired by the Toyota FT-1, the concept’s headlights are too extreme to be adopted for production.
Meanwhile, Jalopnik pointed out the brochure’s cover looks exactly like the Supra brochure in the mid-1990s. Additionally, it also pointed out that the tagline “The Sports of Toyota” was also used in the 1990s.
Well, it seems that this brochure could be made up by some Supra fans who thought people wouldn’t be able to remember things from two decades ago. Good thing some people really have a great eye for details.