Rendered 2015 Toyota Supra Looks Like the Real Deal
- Renderings of the 2015 Toyota Supra from TopSpeed.com depict a no-holds-barred sports car
- Classic cues from the old 2000GT complement the aggressively modern shape
- Technical specs have yet to be revealed; could borrow from BMW
Sports cars come and go, but the Toyota Supra has never lost its swagger. Even though the Supra hasn't been seen in dealer showrooms since 1998, the mere mention of its name elicits reverential noises from car people everywhere. In fact, there's still a thriving market for those '90s models, particularly the Turbo with its durable and highly modifiable inline-6 engine. But we're long overdue for a brand-new model, and it looks like Toyota's about to grant everyone's wish with the reinvented 2015 Toyota Supra.
A Tantalizing Glimpse
The dynamic renderings shown here are from TopSpeed.com, whose editors have rubbed their crystal ball and come up with a vision of what the production Supra might look like. Their primary inspiration was the dramatic Toyota FT-1 concept car, which bowed to widespread acclaim at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Compared to the FT-1, the TopSpeed.com Supra has a smoother, more conservative nose that's more in line with production-car norms and also more reminiscent of the iconic '90s Supras. The rear fascia has also been streamlined, with a prominent wing on top that's another '90s throwback, though the bold, Corvette-style vertical ducts below the taillights remain.
Indeed, at a quick glance, there's a lot of C7 Corvette in these renderings, from the angular, jet-fighter canopy to the long hood and tapering, needle-nose front end. But Supra fans will tell you that the Vette's got nothing to do with it; all those cues were present in the 1960s on the hallowed 2000GT 2-seater. If you look up the 2000GT, you'll be hard-pressed to disagree. That was just a beautiful automobile every inch of the way, with styling way ahead of its time. If the 2015 Toyota Supra looks anything like what we see here, it'll be a worthy heir, combining the 2000GT's classic cab-rearward proportions with decidedly modern lines and curves.
Details to Be Determined
As for what's underneath those curves, Toyota remains tight-lipped. We've heard about a possible hybrid V6 powertrain, a la the long-rumored Acura NSX, but that was before Toyota's alliance with BMW, which could yield a Supra with 4 Series or 6 Series power and hardware. If the more affordable Scion FR-S is any indication, the Supra will emphasize razor-sharp handling, becoming more of a true sports car than ever before. Here's hoping that the final version isn't too heavy -- think Corvette, not Nissan GT-R -- and that Toyota will offer a traditional manual transmission (unlike the fully automated Lexus LFA) to appease Supra purists.
What It Means to You
New Supras don't come around very often, and Toyota seems determined to make this one as epic as possible. Will it be a sportier GT-R? A nimbler Corvette? A bargain-priced LFA? With any luck, the 2015 Toyota Supra will be all of the above. We'll bring you full coverage as the landmark launch approaches.