Toyota Supra comes back into focus

Article by Christian A., on May 4, 2012

After the Lexus LFA became a one-of-a-kind supercar and after we saw that the GT86 is a special car it’s time to focus on another sports car that it appears to be back on the drawing board: the Supra. Yes, the Toyota Supra will be revived after all and after it made some history is ready to come again to shake a little bit the Nissan GT-R and the upcoming Honda NSX.

We all know that the financial crisis stopped the Toyota FT-HS Concept becoming a production sports car but it seems that Japanese manufacturer is ready to hit the market. According to MotorTrend, the next Supra will use the same chassis as the GRMN (Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring – named after expert Hiromu Naruse, who died when driving a prototype of the Lexus LFA) MRS prototype, which has already undergone testing at Fuji Speedway.

The new Toyota Supra (we’ll call it Supra but it seems that the new car will not carry the same name) is going to carry an all-wheel-drive system and generate over 400 hp (Toyota should take a look at the Nissan GT-R and its 545 hp). The vehicle is rumored to carry a mid-engine-mounted, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a CVT taken from the Lexus RX, tuned in order to obtain some impressive performances.

Nissan's GT-R is available in Japan and Europe for 2013 with improved response times, sharper handling, and greater stability. In the US, it will be the 2014 Model Year.

The GT-R, which is the carmaker’s iconic performance flagship, now has a reworked engine – the 550PS 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine – that delivers improved responses from mid to upper rev ranges. Its dampers, front anti-roll bar, and springs have also undergone modifications, resulting to greater high-speed stability, a more refined ride, an enhanced driver experience, and improved traction.

Moreover, the 2013 GT-R can now accelerate from zero to 62 mph in only 2.7 seconds. Compared with the car for the model year 2012, the new model is 0.1 second quicker. It is also faster around the Nürburgring. In fact, it was able to complete one lap at the notable German circuit in just 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds when it underwent testing in May 2012.

Kazutoshi Mizuno, the creator of the Nissan GT-R, revealed that 0.5 second had been lost to traffic on the hot lap and this indicates that the MY13 GT-R can do a 7 minutes and 18.6-second lap. This compares to the MY12 GT-R’s 7 minutes and 21 seconds.

With the GT-R always boasting Nissan's latest technology, the improvements and the modifications that the new model is now sporting have been based on data gathered from the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour competitive race in Germany, wherein two near-production GT-Rs competed.

The GT-R is a 4-wheel-drive super-coupé that is comparable to none, with integrity and lineage that can be traced back to more than four decades.

At the time the GT-R debuted, its unique and aggressive styling and its thunderous performance had created a storm of rave reviews and publicity. Every year since then, the GT-R has been subtly upgraded.

Topics: toyota, sports car

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