New Toyota Supra Taped On The ‘Ring – Does That Sound Like A Straight Six To You?

Whether it will have a manual option or be offered solely with an automatic transmission is one of the many mysteries surrounding the all-new Toyota Supra.

Even its name is not a certainty, as it could be sold under the Gazoo Racing (GR) brand, which is currently limited to the Japanese market, but will soon be introduced to other regions, including Europe.

The latest prototype that was spied on the roads near the Nurburgring before running on the famous track, doesn’t reveal that much either, but it’s equipped with what appear to be production lighting units on both ends, incorporating LED technology.

What we do know about the successor of the iconic sports car is that it shares most of its underpinnings with the upcoming BMW Z4, which was previewed by a concept wearing the same moniker, a couple of months ago.

Contradicting reports mention several powertrains that could be found in the engine compartment. These include the 250hp four-cylinder and 335hp six-cylinder units, while it appears that Europeans might be able to order yet another four-pot. Additionally, chances are that the new Supra will also get a hybrid powertrain.

Toyota remains tight-lipped when it comes to an official presentation date, but we expect the new sports car to debut sometime next year.


  • willhaven

    I can’t hear a god damn thing.

  • bonzomatic

    Sounds more like a 4 cylinder to me.

    • LeStori

      And not even a nice sound at that…

    • Bo Hanan

      It does sound like a 4- but I’m sure it’s a I6. Toyota wouldn’t screw up this car like they did the FT86.

      • JimmyK

        Well, don’t be so sure about that.

      • DeCode

        Screw up the FT-86? how so. what we have on the street (at east the pre facelifted version) is exactly what was promised.

  • ErnieB

    Having trouble seeing this as the almighty beefy strong supra.. looks small And weak..

  • annon

    can only agree with willhaven, bonzomatic & ErnieB & as said before, this does not look anything close to a successor of the iconic Supra – that at least IMHO & as far as the drivetrain being hybrid is concerned (which it will), well that’s another chapter – disappointing to say the least.

  • lagunas3ca

    Might need to work on that door handle (1:41) among other things.

  • Daniel Harris

    Having trouble seeing this as the almighty beefy strong supra.. looks small And weak..

    • SteersUright


  • Mark S

    No, its got a burble, almost sounds like a purposely muffled V8 to me on 2 clips the rest sounds like a I6, was this all the same prototype? This could be an interesting vehicle if the price is decent.

  • Blade t

    The Toyota z4….

  • Shane

    This is what is known as seppuku in Japanese.

  • RDS Alphard

    1:14 – for some reason that sounds like V6 to me, a turbocharged V6
    1:44 – the super quick start up sort of reminds me of Hybrid car, like NSX
    1:56 – also weird this one sounds like 4-cyl

    4-cyl is indeed something new, as I recall Supra always been a 6-cyl car despite had a 2.0L variant to dealt with Japanese regulation; as for smaller size, just remember Supra Mk.4 already get “smaller” (shorter & lower but wider)… here’s size comparison of existing Supra, Z3/Z4, AE86/86, 2000GT, and even MX-5,

    Supra Mk.1 – 4,615 x 1,651 x 1,290 x 2,629
    Supra Mk.2 – 4,661 x 1,720 x 1,321 x 2,614 (2.7L)
    Supra Mk.3 – 4,620 x 1,745 x 1,310 x 2,596 (3.0L)
    Supra Mk.4 – 4,515 x 1,811 x 1,265 x 2,550

    E36/7 Z3 – 4,026 x 1,740 x 1,265 x 2,459
    E85 Z4 – 4,090 x 1,780 x 1,300 x 2,495
    E89 Z4 – 4,239 x 1,790 x 1,291 x 2,496

    AE86 – 4,200 x 1,630 x 1,340 x 2,400
    GT86 – 4,240 x 1,775 x 1,285 x 2,570

    2000GT – 4,175 x 1,600 x 1,160 x 2,330

    ND8C MX-5 – 3,950 x 1,675 x 1,230 x 2,265
    ND8C MX-5 – 3,945 x 1,680 x 1,230 x 2,270
    ND8C MX-5 – 4,050 x 1,720 x 1,255 x 2,329
    ND8C MX-5 – 3,915 x 1,730 x 1,235 x 2,315

  • SteersUright

    This thing is not shaping up well from a quick look at it: no real exciting sports car noise, the side profile of something resembling a whale, BMW engines and electronics rather than Toyota reliable, etc. Also, BMW’s DCT sucks as its lazy at redline and does not match Porsche PDK for instant response and excellent telepathic programming. However, these are next generation cars so who knows, perhaps Im wrong to assume and BMW hasn’t stepped up their game with their DCT and Toyota has participated in engine/tech development such that this will be as reliable as all their cars…

  • If we can clean up the other noises we’ll get a proper sound bite, so far im not disappointed, rather more intrigued.

  • izzey04

    BMW engine..straight six maybe

  • Infinite1

    Can’t really hear it, hopefully it lives up to the hype. Been waiting for the Supra to return since Toyota announced the FT concept.

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