The Legend Returns: Toyota Supra Prototype To Make Its World Debut

Jul 09, 2018
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The new Toyota Supra will make its international debut in prototype form at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom from the 12th – 15th July.

Following the announcement of a new Supra at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Toyota can confirm the model will be faithful to its distinguished heritage as pure, sports car thoroughbred by using a front-mounted, in-line six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive.

The Supra name evokes power, performance and handling that defined a succession of world-class coupes from 1978 to 2002.

“Without question the Supra is an iconic Japanese sports car,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product and New Vehicle Sales.

“The production car is closely aligned to the original concept, so the design and styling is going to be exceptional and a real head turner” says Mr Lala.

“I’d start saving now, as the new Supra won’t disappoint the enthusiasts. We’ve already had customers offer to pay deposits to secure the first cars – such is the hype already surrounding Supra.”

The Supra prototype will be camouflaged in the black-red- and-white colours of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and will be in action on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival, July 12, 13, 14 and 15.

The thousands of motoring fans attending the festival will also have the chance to take a close-up look at the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept. Created by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, this concept heralded the return of the Supra name when it was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

It explores the potential for a high-performance competition model, featuring dramatic bodywork crafted in advanced, lightweight composite materials, lowered suspension, racing wheels and cockpit equipped to competition standards.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is the organisation which spearheads Toyota’s global sporting programme and the development of exclusive, performance-focused, GR-branded road cars, including the recently introduced Yaris GRMN.

In the FIA World Endurance Championship, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing achieved Toyota’s first victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours with a one-two finish in this year’s race and the N°8 TOYOTA TS050 Hybrid which claimed the historic victory will be on display in the competition paddock at Goodwood.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing also competes at the highest international level in the FIA World Rally Championship with the Yaris WRC, claiming two victories in its debut season in 2017 and scoring a win on Rally Argentina and a number of podium finishes so far this year.

Toyota expects its new Supra to reach the market during the first half of 2019.

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