A lot of you are familiar with the Geneva Motor Show hosted in the Swiss city of Geneva. It is an annual international auto show where new ideas are put forth in the spotlight and car manufacturers proudly display what they have been working on. This year, March 2018, Toyota announced that the “Supra” will officially be making a comeback!
However, it will not be a production car (yet) and was unveiled as the GR Supra Racing Concept. But, we really did not get more information about it. Will it be the traditional rear-wheel drive? Inline 6? Automatic or manual? The one thing we did learn is that rumors are true, it will be co-developed with BMW, which in our opinion is a great thing. BMW has really pushed the limits with their M powered cars and know what they are doing, where as Toyota has really taken over the market with their technology and reliability. If we had to speculate, we assume the new Supra will get the smooth inline six that BMW is known for in their cars too. As far as rear-wheel drive is concerned, Toyota confirmed that it will be at Geneva, saying that it will be like all the Supras before it.
Now.. onto some controversial news. The new Toyota Supra may not come as a manual, which we are sad to announce. At Geneva, Toyota did not deny or confirm this, but the way they made it seem was that there will not be a manual option. So, car-nuts.. brace yourself for the reality and prepare to have it be automatic only. (But pray that maybe they will listen to us and have a manual option)
The truth is when we think of Supra, the first thing that pops into our head is the MKIV Toyota Supra from Fast and the Furious. There are avid Supra enthusiasts who love them all, including the MKIII. But in reality, you can find a MKIII on craigslist for a few thousand dollars and you really won’t get anybody excited when you drive it around. When it comes to the MKIV, the prices are sky-high and we honestly do not see them coming down anytime soon. It is literally an icon, which cannot be substituted. The problem that we see Toyota facing, is that they might not be able to top the MKIV Supra. There is something nostalgic about seeing the MKIV supra. It brings you back to the early 2000’s and brings back important memories. Seeing the supra in theaters on the big screen, and remembering how everybody drove crazy after going back to their cars in the parking lot having finished the movie. Will the 2019 Supra be able to do that? We don’t think so.. It may be just like the NSX, where people knew about it for a long time, and when it was released it was just too expensive and not that exciting. Toyota really has to make this one special if they want to top the MKIV, and I am interested to see what will happen in the near future.
Only time will tell, but here is your update on what we know about the 2019 Supra. Let us know in the comments if you are excited to see what Toyota plans to bring to the table!
Photos from: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/03/06/new-toyota-supra/