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Christopher Bruce2012-05-04 17:29:38

Toyota Mulling Hybrid, Mid-Engined Supra Successor

The FT-HS was first shown at the 2007 NAIAS.

ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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nearly had a SupraSupra Twin-TurboToyota Supra Twin-TurboJapan, 1993 > 19964 photos
successor ready in 2007 when it showed the FT-HS concept at the North American International Auto Show. Then the global market collapsed, and the concept was put on the back burner. Now it  appears that Toyota is considering bringing the car back into production with some changes. 

The current rumor is that the car would probably not have the Supra name, but it would carry the idea on in spirit. It would be a two-seat, coupe with a mid-mounted V6 with a hybrid drive. The engine would drive the rear wheels while the electric motors would power the front wheels. Total power output would be around 400hp. If this concept sounds exactly like the next NSXNSX ConceptAcura NSX ConceptJapan, 2012 > present19 photos
in terms of powertrain you would be absolutely right. 

Other parts of the rumor seem far less likely like the car would use a CVT transmission and use the chassis of the GRMN MRS prototypeGRMN Sports Hybrid Concept IIToyota GRMN Sports Hybrid...Japan, 2011 > 20111 photo
. CVT transmissions tend not to be able to withstand high horsepower engines. It seems unlikely Toyota would use one for its next sports coupe. GRMN stands for Gazoo Racing Meister of Nürburgring. It had a hand in the development of the Lexus LF-ALFA Gen.0Lexus LFA Gen.0Japan, 2012 > present4 versions
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and has campaigned the car in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. Gazoo Racing is also campaigning two Toyota GT-86sGT 86Toyota GT 86Japan, 2012 > present9 photos
in the 24 Hours of the 'Ring later this month. However, the GRMN MRS prototype was based on the old MRS with a hybrid engine. It seems unbelievable that Toyota would use such an old chassis on a new sports car. 

If the world economy continues to improve, its possible the car could be on the market by 2015 for a price around $60,000. 

Source: Motor Trend

Supra Gen.4Supra Gen.4
Supra Twin-TurboSupra Twin-Turbo
Straight 6
183 cu in
Top Speed
163 mph
6, Manual
Maximum power
324 hp @ 5600 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
21.19 US MPG
annual ownership cost




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