2019 Toyota Supra Spied (For Real This Time)

Prototype of Long-Awaited Sports Car Spotted in Germany

The return of the Toyota Supra seems like an endless enthusiast tease, but we now have visual confirmation that an all-new Supra is on its way. (We promise it's not a misidentified Lexus this time.)

Our spy photographer managed to sneak a peek at the 2019 Toyota Supra, a joint project between BMW and Toyota. The front end looks like that of the current Toyota 86, perhaps with some vintage Supra cues mixed in. The hood extends well past its usual confines, blending seamlessly into the front fenders. There are also plenty of Toyota 86 design themes on the rear end but a close look at the decklid reveals that, unlike the 86, the Supra will be a liftback like the Chevrolet Corvette. Unlike the Corvette, though, the Toyota's roof appears to be fixed in place, so a targa-top Supra revival seems doubtful.

Inside, the steering wheel and switchgear look straight out of the BMW parts bin. The tachometer redlines at 7,000 rpm, which is where BMW's N55 turbocharged inline-six engine tops out. (The twin-turbocharged S55 in the M3 and M4 redlines at 7,500 rpm). An iDrive controller is clearly visible, as is part of BMW's electronic shifter.

Nobody outside of Munich and Toyota City knows what's going on under the camouflage of this rear-wheel-drive, two-seat coupe. Power will almost certainly come from a six-cylinder, most likely a turbocharged inline-six from BMW that's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or (hopefully) a six-speed manual. A more powerful version of the Supra imbued with Toyota's hybrid magic is likely to debut after launch.

The most logical place for Toyota to unveil the Supra is on home turf at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Another possibility it the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, which is home turf for BMW, though the Germans may use the opportunity to launch their version of the car, rumored to be called the Z5. Seems like this ongoing enthusiast tease will soon be coming to an end.

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