Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has suggested that the automotive giants will follow their new Supra up with more sports cars.
The Japanese company currently manufactures the GT86 and only recently unveiled the much-anticipated GR Supra after way too long a wait. And they could be looking to keep dropping sports cars into the market.
Toyoda spoke to Autocar at the launch of the new Supra Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show and hinted that we could see more sports cars come through in the future.
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“SUVs are nice but, at the end of the day, is there anything better than a tight rear-wheel-drive sports car? I hope this won’t be the last Toyota sports car you see from us in the future,” he said.
Toyoda likely meant the range of performance-oriented vehicles, not just two-door coupes like the Supra, when he said sports cars.
The company, though, has several options. They could decide to launch a new version of the MR2 strapped with a hybrid or all-electric powertrain that could aid their ambitions as it relates to entering the electric sports car arena.
With their unveiling of the new Supra, they have signaled some intent. The car, which will bear top-level GR trim, is the first Toyota to feature the badge (which means Gazoo Racing and will be used for a variety of high-performance production models).
The company has not disclosed which models will have GR versions but the 86 and the Yaris seem like obvious choices, with the latter used in rally racing. Insiders also tip the newest Corolla for the honor as well.
There is little else to go on at the moment, but this bit from Toyota is quite encouraging and should leave fans hopeful.
There has been a bit of backlash since the release of the Supra, given that it comes with a 3.0-liter straight-six, turbocharged BMW-sourced engine with 335 horsepower. Some have complained, claiming that the car isn't a real Supra, yet demand seems to be pretty high - although time will tell how well sales go.