New Toyota Supra Sounds Underwhelming In Latest Tests

If you’re a Toyota Supra enthusiast, you may want to block your ears for the video below. It is not encouraging.

Late last week, a prototype for the next-generation Supra was filmed accelerating near the streets of the Nurburgring sounding bland and no more exciting than a Toyota Camry or 86.

Later filmed at the German circuit itself, this prototype was even drowned out by the turbo four-cylinder of the Porsche 718 Cayman it was following. If you were hoping the new Supra would come with an engine as exciting as the famed 2JZ, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

According to our sources, not all hope is lost. While a four-cylinder engine with approximately 248 hp will be the most affordable powertrain option for the sports car, a 335 hp six-cylinder should also be made available to customers in the United States. If Toyota takes its duties seriously in developing a replacement to the fourth-gen Supra, it better ensure the inline-six version sounds much better than this prototype.

It remains to be seen when the new Supra will launch but a debut in the first half of 2018 is probable.


  • Shane

    Wonder how long it will take for someone to put a 2JZ in it?

    • Infinite1

      A month to a year is my guess

      • LWOAP

        I give them a week.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Oh dear god, Toyota…

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    A 335 hp 6? So Toyota is going to best the 9 year old Nissan Z’s base by 3 hp? I mean, why bother at all?

    • SteersUright

      If it comes in as very lightweight (under 3000lb’s), it could still be thrilling with only 335hp. Lets see, probably not going to happen given how heavy BMW’s usually are.

    • txsupra11

      385hp for the US.

  • Lottaquokka

    I cant be the only one sick to death of the endless stories on this thing. The Supra tragics still dreaming of the 2JZ-GTE engine that went out of production in 2002. Sadly forgetting that the Supra itself was a sad car living through its engines so called legendary status. Even through all the can see its going to be new age Toyota / Lexus styled to death..AKA Hideous…

    • SteersUright

      I want to say you’re wrong. I want to hope you’re entirely wrong. But, the thing is, you’re probably right.

  • The Toyota Aurion’s 2GR-FE sounds much better.

  • Moveon Libtards

    And it looks incredibly boring too!

    The BMW version will be the best choice with Toyota proving why they failed in sports cars a long time ago.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Meanwhile, Corvette is about to launch a mid-engine supercar…

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  • john1168

    Not surprised. There probably won’t be a turbo in this thing either…

  • Shtekeris

    This car is going to be so disappointing, just like NSX, as people seem to expect something absolutely different and basically a unicorn, but will actually get a regular coupe.

    • Bananarama

      You are what’s wrong with the car community. Setting dumb expectations, ignoring reviews from people who actually drive cars, and complaining every car doesn’t come with an outdated 90s engine or other feature that your nostalgia has over inflated to be the defining necessary aspect of a modern car.

      • Shtekeris


    • SteersUright

      It’s almost as if carmakers are now guilty of overthinking their products rather than quickly rallying behind a cool idea and taking more risks. The 10 year old NSX prototype caught in spy shots with their front engine V10 running around were gorgeous and could’ve been here 5 years ago and challenged the Audi R8. The NSX we ended up getting is just too complicated and too expensive, albeit kinda cool and also largely unaffordable for every actual fan of Honda’s.

      This Supra is shaping up to be another exercise in overthinking, overdone exterior, too many focus groups chiming in, and too many managers signing off all resulting in a relatively dull product that should have been THE NEXT EFFING SUPRA TURBO! Missed opportunity if I’ve ever seen one. Still, this is all conjecture based on these ugly prototype running around with crappy sounding engines. Maybe the production model gets tweaked to perfection? Im hoping.

  • Anonym

    Yeah… it will be more expensive, smaller and slower than a VW Passat… why do they keep releasing underpowered vehicles? It should be 400hp at least. If not one can just buy Infiniti q50 3.0tt… why buy a coupe slower and more expensive than cheaper and faster saloon?

  • Shahil Mohanlall

    Saying that this doesn’t sound as good as a 2J is just idiotic.. Of course it doesn’t , these days we have twin turbocharged V8’s that play sounds through the speakers in full on M cars, yet everyone is expecting this 2 liter turbo to sound like the gates of heaven are opening?
    Also, like the Old Supra, the GT86, the celica, the MR2 , which person EVER buys these cars to keep them STOCK?

  • Until we hear the pure sound up close, see the production spec without camo along with the power outputs, then we can make noise.

    • john1168

      So we shouldn’t be discussing camouflaged preproduction cars at all then???

  • pureworx

    a 2jz did not sound like it does from the factory, its was actually pretty quiet.. its the after market exhausts that introduce the noise.

  • Tony J

    When did the Supra ever sound great without an aftermarket system……people make so much about the Supra it was heavy overpriced and people didn’t buy then now all the people that didn’t buy one are complaining about ut not being like the car you didn’t want to buy….the original Supra had a 0 to 60 of either nearly 8 seconds or 5.4 seconds with 320hp if this thing gets over that with less weight it will be faster

  • Me myself and I

    Carscoops doesn’t do very good research. Insiders have said 385hp, right around the 3100lbs mark. And has lapped Spa on par +/- a couple seconds with the Porsche Cayman gt4

  • KSegg

    It looks like an old Hyundai Tiburon.

  • Vassilis

    I think it sounds alright actually.

  • ASAB

    They should just brand this car a “CELICA” to avoid disappointment.

    • Bo Hanan

      Thank you. The voice of reason.

  • fabri99

    This is tragic. The shape of this car looks an absolute mess (yeah, it’s wearing camo, but it is easy to imagine what’s hidden there), not to mention that depressing sound it makes… Just compare it with the 718 Cayman coming before it. And keep in mind the german coupè comes from a 4 cylinder, not a six pot like the Toyota.

  • Blade t

    Toyota z4….


    Meh, engine will probably get swapped out anyhow. Yeah, I know everyone won’t do it, but I’m pretty certain the people that buy this won’t be looking to keep it stock.

  • SteersUright

    Of course it does. I’ve had several BMW’s with their “venerable” inline 6 turbo and that engine is a disgrace. Always breaking and with none of the aural charm of their prior n.a. inline 6’s. Why on earth reliable Toyota, the company able to produce the excellent Lexus V8 (why not use that engine?!?!) and the LFA’s amazing V10, ever teamed up with horrendously unreliable maker of engines, BMW, and then let them engineer anything is beyond me.

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  • Philip George

    Sounds like a Toyota. Don’t know what you were expecting

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