If the Scion FR-S (née Toyota 86) wasn’t proof enough that Toyota is once again interested in building sporty cars, we have more good news: our colleagues at Motor Trend report that engineers are developing a successor to the famed Toyota Supra, as well as a smaller all-wheel-drive sports coupe.
Toyota engineers are said to be developing a new rear-wheel-drive sports coupe to resurrect the Supra nameplate. The car may use the company’s 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid system, producing at least 400 hp. However, accountants are unlikely to sign off on the new car until they see how well the new 86 coupe sells. If that car sells well, expect Toyota to greenlight a Supra successor for launch by 2015.
In the meantime, Toyota is continuing work on a test mule for a small all-wheel-drive hybrid coupe. Inspired by the GRMN concept car, the small sports coupe would likely be based on the platform of the Toyota MR2 (called the MR-S in Japan). It’s also expected to use a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid system, with power routed to all four wheels. Motor Trend says we can expect this car to debut by late 2014.
The same hybrid drivetrain also is slated to debut in a future coupe version of the Lexus IS. There’s no word on when that car might debut.
Source: Motor Trend