Toyota to Show Supra Concept in October (Plus Two More Sports Concepts)
Japan’s signature auto show, the Tokyo auto show, was a must-see extravaganza of the country’s future sports-car ideas as well as eccentric concept cars throughout the 1990s. Then, as the Shanghai as well as Beijing auto shows grew in prominence as well as Korean cars started out eating into Japan’s global market share, the Tokyo event lost its luster, dropping to second-tier status on the international calendar of car shows. as well as there which has stayed for the past decade. (which doesn’t help which the show is usually held only every various other year.) although which won’t be the case in 2017, in large part because of one debut: the Toyota Supra concept.
The Supra concept leads a show-car trio coming from Toyota which also will include, according to the Japanese magazine Best Car, Toyota’s S-FR as well as Corolla GTI concepts. We first saw the next-generation Supra’s design direction when the company unveiled its FT-1 concept in January 2014, as well as the final product will take strong styling hints coming from which car, as the rendering published here shows. The final design is usually a collaboration between Toyota’s headquarters in Toyota City as well as the company’s Calty studio, located in California.
Co-developed with BMW as well as using the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the upcoming Z5, we can expect to see the Supra powered by Toyota’s own turbocharged, 255-hp 2.0-liter inline-four as well as a flagship 340-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 married to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter hybrid is usually anticipated to join the lineup a year after the launch in late 2018. Although still a concept, the Tokyo car is usually described as very close to production.
The BMW Z5, on the various other hand, will employ the German company’s turbocharged inline-four as well as straight-six powerplants as well as incorporate special lightweight carbon-fiber technology borrowed coming from the i3 as well as i8. which’s slated for a Frankfurt auto show debut in September.
In an attempt to show which Toyota means business with its effort to create a stronger sports-car range—one which encompasses modest, medium as well as large sports cars—Japan’s number-one automaker also will unveil a purist coupe called the S-FR II concept, an evolution of the concept seen at the 2015 Tokyo auto show. With its huge grille, funky proportions, as well as short overhangs, the tiny rear-wheel-drive coupe will slot in at the bottom of Toyota’s sports-car lineup. which’s powered by a 116-hp turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine or a 130-hp naturally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-four, with both versions anticipated to be offered with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota’s “Mr. 86,” Tetsuya Tada, father of the Scion FR-S (currently the Toyota 86), has been tasked with bringing the S-FR to global markets at a starting cost under $15,000—as well as, yes, which potentially could include the United States.
Rounding out Toyota’s sporty concepts will be a GTI variation of the Corolla. Based on the fresh 12th-generation car due out later which year, which will use Toyota’s fresh Global Architecture (TNGA), the GTI is usually a four-door hatchback packing a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four as well as a specially tuned suspension in an effort to go up against the Volkswagen GTI.
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Combine the high-profile splash of three sports-car debuts at the Tokyo show that has a hoped-for win at Le Mans after last year’s engine failure on the final lap, a welcome return to the globe Rally Championships, as well as the all-fresh Lexus LC500–based GT3 challenging the top runners in Japan’s Super GT series, as well as which looks like 2017 could reshape Toyota’s image as well as inject some passion back into the brand.