Toyota FT-1 concept previews next Supra, sub GT86 model in the works – report

by SpeedLux

Automotive journalist Peter Lyon says that Toyota’s FT-1 concept represents a preview of a long-awaited Supra revival.

Toyota unveiled the striking FT-1 concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January and they had stated that it will remain strictly a concept set to be showcased in virtual form in Gran Turismo 6. Peter Lyon now says that Toyota is working on a new Supra which will essentially be a production variant of the FT-1 concept with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a V6 2.5-liter turbocharged engine working with an electric motor to offer a combined output more than 402 hp (300 kW).

The new Supra will feature a rear-wheel drive layout with a LFA-derived rear transaxle and Toyota will allegedly launch the model sometime in 2016. It should cost less than 100,000 USD and there will also be a base variant with a Lexus NX-sourced 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

A year later in 2017 Toyota will introduce a new entry-level sportscar to slot below GT86 which will adopt a hybrid setup with a 1.5-liter engine gasoline engine and an electric motor. This model will reportedly cost just 16,000 USD and together with the resurrected Supra will pave the way for a new range of sportscars from Toyota that will probably be co-developed with BMW.

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Office workers are made up of parts of the whole, working on the project.
Vector illustration of teamwork concept. Office workers are made up of parts of the whole, working on the project.
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