Toyota has confirmed for the first time that the upcoming return of the Supra will indeed have a front-mounted, inline 6-cylinder engine.
This comes as no real surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to the latest rumors on Toyota’s return to the realm of sport compact cars. The Supra’s specifications were leaked as far back as last February thanks to enthusiast sites with many spies having worked their way into Toyota’s most secretive research and development facilities.
Powered by a 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, the Supra comes with only an eight-speed automatic transmission. This car is designed for speed above all else, and Toyota knows that no human being can shift as cleanly or quickly as a computer-controlled gearbox.
Now, for the first time, Toyota has confirmed the powerplant of the new Supra with their latest teaser image. Shown side-by-side with the GR Supra Racing Concept, Toyota also confirmed more details revealed in last week’s leaked image on their European Twitter account.
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The Supra will indeed be going to Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, but it won’t be a stationary spectator. On each day of the festival (July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th) the Supra will make runs up and down the Goodwood hill course, setting times that will hopefully impress us in comparison to other production-spec sports cars.
Toyota also confirmed that the car will be driven by Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada as well as Master Driver Herwig Daenens. They may even get into a friendly competition to see who can get up the hill the fastest.
The new A90 Supra will wear the same black-red-white color scheme as Toyota’s GAZOO racing team. This means that the strangely patterned vinyl that we see in the teaser images may indeed be what we see at Goodwood. Even with the camouflage, we’re still expecting this to be our best look at the Supra yet, and we can even expect more confirmations in the coming days.
Expect the A90 Supra to hit dealers sometime in the first half of 2019.
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