2019 Toyota Supra Spied With Production Lights Amidst Gazoo Rumors

Back in August, we saw a well-camouflaged 2019 Supra prototype prancing around with a pair of production LED headlights, featuring a thin LED strip for improved daylight visibility.

Now, we get to see the production taillights too, which have sort of a flattened “teardrop” graphic. It almost looks like a more modern take on the GT86’s taillight graphics, which would make sense, although we can’t be sure the GT86 served as a benchmark in any way.

In fact, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new Supra, a car closely related to the new BMW Z4, though unlike the Z4, the Supra is rumored to only come with an automatic transmission.

Another fresh rumor suggests that the 2019 Supra won’t even be badged as a Toyota, according to a report from Auto Express. In fact, it could be sold under the Gazoo Racing brand, acting as a launchpad for Toyota’s high-performance Gazoo division.

“The Supra will be by Gazoo,” stated Shigeki Tomoyama, the man in charge of the sub-brand, while Akio Toyoda himself insisted that the new Supra needed to be more aggressive than what was originally planned, a conclusion he arrived at after driving a pre-production model.

“The new car has to appeal to the existing owners first,” said Toyoda. “The old cars had a straight-six engine, twin-turbochargers and rear-wheel drive; the new car has to have the same philosophy.”

Expected to weigh between 1,200 kg and 1,500 kg (2,645-3,306 lbs), Gazoo Racing’s Supra is reportedly being fine-tuned with the BMW M4 and Porsche 911 used as benchmarks.

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  • DS

    why is this so called toyota being tested in Germany with german plates and drivers wearing bmw suites?

    • pjl35

      …because it’s a partnership with BMW…?

      • DS

        it is ? i did not know that!

        • pjl35

          Yeah, this and the new Z4.

  • Bob

    I must say, I’m starting to think this may not turn out to be ugly.

    • fgclolz

      Still not a fan of the double bubble roof (it’s too prominent IMO) and the rear quarter pillar shape but at least the nose looks a bit better.

    • AEE91

      definitely non-ugly.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I’m still a bit sheepish. Hoping for the best, though.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I like what I’m seeing. Hopefully it performs as good as it looks.

    • exeptor

      Most probably it will. The cooperation with BMW plus the heritage of the Supra name has to bring some results. If it came out to be a pumped up GT86 (not just an engine) it might be a the best thing out there.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Gazoo’s work with this Supra makes me somewhat optimistic too.

  • thunder bolt

    Whatever they do to this new joint venture, just don’t use plastic parts for cooling and heating in the engine bay like BMW did and still doing. That will ruin everything.

    • annon

      sadly they will…it’s cheaper, anyways to me the car is too short and sadly to say, just looks like a FMC GT86 at the moment?, there is nothing “Supra successor” with this at the moment?

    • SteersUright

      How about BMW’s inline 6’s leaky injectors, failure prone fuel pumps, leaky valve cover gaskets, failure prone coil packs, dodgy electronics, expensive maintenance and repairs..

  • LWOAP

    Supra and Z4. Basically the same car but one of them has infinite headroom, right?

  • Kingsley Mpofu

    It should have been a super car killer like the GTR

    • javier

      right. most people don’t like the idea of ballistic hybrid awd gtr killer but i think that would be pretty cool and a way to show toyota technology, but no, it will be a run of the mill sporty car that will sell ok if they don’t overprice it

    • Honda NSX-R

      At least it’ll be more attainable.

  • Craig
  • J D

    Ugh, how did they get it to pre-production stage with it being sub-par and requiring change? That’s not the point in the game where you should be realizing the car’s objective philosophy. Maybe this type of “make it up as you go” approach is why Toyota’s sports car are always lacking something, despite usually having all the right ingredients.

  • SteersUright

    What scares me about the new Supra is the BMW parts, particularly the engine. The original Supra engine was overbuilt and very reliable like all Toyota’s. The BRZ/GT86 are topping reliability charts as well. The current BMW inline 6’s are notoriously unreliable with a host of typical BMW engine problems as are their horrendous electronics . Is Toyota going to address this, rework the engine, use their own engine management software or do anything to have this Surpa meet their usual high reliability standards? Or will this Supra become their first problem-prone sports car?

  • Nick099

    If a 370z and a Z4 got together and had a baby….tada!!!

    Who knows what this is but it has a 370 nose and an old Z4 coupe rear. Now the Japanese are not exactly known for cutting edge or original design….

  • Blade t

    I think Akio Toyoda is going to be disappointed with the new BMW supra….you can’t turn a z4 into a proper Supra like he wants….

    • Matt

      In what ways? I’m not familiar with supras too much except for the specs of previous gens. For me I think it’ll be great if it has Toyota’s reliability, handling/steering feel of the frs, a couple like version of the new z4 (I do like the design inside & out)
      The new z4 I think is gunning for alot more sports car over grand router so as of now I’m not letting the previous gen z4 get in the way of my optimism.
      I think theyll have a winner if it indeed does have a twin turbo v6 with that weight & I’d assume an even better chassis of frs/brz at a price of a little lower than an m2.

      • Blade t

        No matter what you do its still a BMW z4 , it’s not a proper Toyota Supra…says in the article Akio took a ride in the pre-production model and was dissapointed with it….the older supras were proper Japanese bad as sports cars….the bmw z4 has never been ….

  • Six Thousand Times

    Maybe in Japan but nobody knows much about Gazoo outside those islands.

  • Zeroz Swifter

    Hopefully can see this car entering the Super GT

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So far it looks faithful to the concept

  • Vassilis

    Looking good!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Think it’s also running production tips as well.

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