The buzz around the 2019 Toyota Supra has been steadily building for the last two months. The model has been long anticipated by car enthusiasts, but there are still lots of questions about the specs, as no information has been officially confirmed.
Although there are still questions about the engine, the design prototype seems more or less confirmed. The design will be inspired by its predecessor, the 2014 FT-1 concept car (FT stands for Future Toyota), Toyota opting for a sleek and modern new design, rather than a retro design some had been expecting. Maybe this is because Supra fans have been waiting for a new Supra since the 2002 model was released.
The Supra will share the same platform as the BMW Z-4, after BMW and Toyota made an agreement in 2011 to partner up to develop a new generation of sports cars together. Although a concept car of the Z-4 was unveiled at Pebble Beach this month, Toyota has been pretty tightlipped about details for the Supra.
There is talk that the new model will have a manual transmission and V-6 engine. Atleast to satisfy curiosity about the look of the car, many photos and videos are being leaked—in fact, there are so many being leaked that it is becoming difficult to keep up.
Also leaked was a small amount of information confirming details about the 2019 Supra from a Toyota rep on the IH8MUD FORUM, a site for all things Toyota Land Cruiser: “Release date early 2019; should have north of 400hp, expect a manual option...[the powertrain will be] a joint build with BMW and it will not use BMW’s ubiquitous 3.0 twin turbo...[but] may have a 3.5 v6 turbo and...a hybrid variant.”
The short, but elusive information, is enough to satisfy Toyota Supra lovers.
Why All the Hype: Charting the History of the Toyota Supra
The Toyota Supra is a car with an almost mythical place in car history—perhaps this explains why the name Supra, from the Latin word meaning “above”, was chosen. Somehow staying relevant since its premier in the late 1970s, but at the same time not occupying the spotlight with its competitors like the Camaro or Mustang, the car has a kind of cult status among car lovers.
The loyalty of Toyota fans—regardless of the model, or year—we can’t help but be impressed with.