2019 Toyota Supra: All We Know From Specs, Leaks And Rumors To Renders, Scoops, Videos And More

Those of you that have been hiding out in a bunker or being oblivious to what’s going on in the automotive world, you’ve missed out on a lot of information on the return of a legend. Everyone else that’s kept up with the news knows Toyota is bringing the Supra back after a 16-year hiatus.

While we’ve seen the sports car testing in various environments with a heavy amount of camouflage, we got official confirmation that a Supra was in the pipeline at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept.

But before we jump that far ahead, let’s take a look at everything we know about the Japanese icon’s rebirth.

Toyota’s getting help from BMW 

BMW and Toyota officially announced their partnership back in 2012. At the time, the automakers claimed the collaboration would see one another sharing diesel and hybrid components. But we, and nearly everyone else, had a feeling that the two could be working on something much more potent.

Toyota FT-1 Sports Coupe Concept
Toyota FT-1 Sports Coupe Concept

It didn’t take long of rumors to point towards the resurrection of the Supra as a part of the two companies’ joint-venture. High-up executives made it clear that they wanted a sports car that was larger than the Toyota GT86, but nothing was set in stone. Those rumors started circulating less than a year after BMW and Toyota announced their collaboration – and were reinforced by the two FT-1 concepts that were shown in 2014.

Fast forward to today, and we know that manufacturer Magna Steyr will build both the Supra and new BMW Z4 in Austria. But just because the two models will share a common platform and many components, the Supra and Z4 are expected to be very different machines.

Unlike Toyota’s partnership with Subaru for the 86 and BRZ, BMW and Toyota are looking to share as little as possible with each other. It’s an odd take on working together, but that means the two vehicles won’t be clones, but separate entities with different philosophies. It also means that the vehicles are expected to have differentiated  powertrains and their own distinct design.

An inline-six will be on hand, manual gearbox won’t

The last Supra came with a turbocharged inline-six engine, and that’s something Toyota will reportedly keep for the upcoming model. At Geneva, Tetsuya Tada, Toyota’s chief engineer, told journalists that a similar layout would return in the new sports car.

According to allegedly leaked stats from Japan’s Best car magazine, which you should take with a grain of salt, as Toyota would neither confirm or deny them, the 3.0-liter turbo-six will produce 335bhp at 5500rpm and 332lb ft of torque at 1380-5200rpm offering a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 3.8 seconds.

Toyota FT-1 Sports Coupe Concept

Unfortunately for some car enthusiasts, sources claim that engine won’t come with a manual transmission. Apparently, Toyota believes perspective Supra owners aren’t too concerned with rowing their own gears. With the Z4 expected to get a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox, that seems a likely choice for the Supra, too Unless, that is, they choose to go for a sharper dual clutch transmission to keep up with the car’s character. For what it’s worth, the LFA wasn’t available with a manual either, but no one ever said it wasn’t a true supercar.

Toyota FT-1 Sports Coupe Concept

Either way, the sports car will have a 50:50 weight distribution and a lower center of gravity than the 86. The engine will also be easy to fiddle with, which should make a lot of tuners happy. The same sources that mentioned the engine specs, also stated that the production model will weight 1,496kg (3,298 lbs) and measure 4380 mm (172.4 inches) long, 1855 mm (73 inches) wide and 1,290 mm (50.7 inches) tall with a wheelbase that spans 2,470 mm (97.2 inches). If these numbers turn out to be true, the new Supra would be slightly shorter and wider than the previous-generation model from the 1990s, as well as 14kg (31 pounds) lighter.

It’s spent a lot of time testing on the ‘Ring – and on the snow too

We’re expecting the Supra to be a true sports car, so we’re not surprised to see prototypes out on the Nurburgring. Toyota isn’t holding anything back, as it has put the Supra prototype up against everything, from a Porsche 718 Cayman to a BMW 3-Series sedan. Our spies also captured the car haphazardly drifting in the snow.

This is probably what it’ll look like

All of the prototypes that we’ve seen have been heavily camouflaged and the concept that was displayed at Geneva was heavily modified. Nevertheless, the prototypes share a similar design to the GR Supra Racing Concept, just without the crazy racing body parts. The members over at SupraMKV forums digitally dressed a prototype in a very convincing production suit.

2019 Toyota Supra render via SupraMKV

Moreover, Toyota did release a video of the coupe in the digital world of Gran Turismo Sport without the livery, which gives us a good idea of what the Supra will look like when it hits the streets.

Already ready to hit the track

Besides giving the world something concrete to hold on to, the GR Supra Racing Concept was reportedly built to LM GTE specifications. Automakers don’t usually make concepts of racing cars, especially ones that look as well put together as Gazoo Racing did.

Tada-san commented that the road-going sports car is being developed hand-in-hand with the racing version, so the Supra will definitely go racing, with the WEC and Japan’s Super GT series being the most likely series it will compete in.

Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept
Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept

When will we see it in the flesh and what will I have to pay?

It’s difficult to say, since production of the Supra is expected to begin in the beginning of 2019. The car hasn’t even made its debut yet, nor has Toyota said when that might happen. Our best guess is at a major auto show, which could be this year’s Los Angeles event or the 2019 NAIAS or Geneva Motor Show.

Therefore, it’s way too early to talk about pricing, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it will be more expensive than the 86 that starts from $26,255. That said, it’s likely that Toyota will want to keep the entry price at around the $40,000 mark, but you’ll have to pay a lot more for the high-performance versions

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Spy shots Carpix, Toyota Supra renders courtesy of SupraMKV

  • Harry Nimmergut

    And the longest wind-up to introduction in the history of the automobile continues. At this rate, expect it in 2023 as a 2024. WAY beyond pathetic!

    • txsupra11

      5 years for a concept to go into production is normal. For example the GT-R took 6 years (2001-2007).

      • Six Thousand Times

        There is some fear that this new Supra is pulling another NSX and won’t be very exciting by the time we can actually buy it.

        • txsupra11

          The reason the NSX is a flop is because of its price tag.

          • Nah six thousand is right, people just so accustomed to rumors that when the final product appeared. It’s not as exciting anymore.

            NSX is always expensive have you seen how much last gen NSX priced at that time.

          • txsupra11

            In 91 it was $60k, with the rate of inflation putting it at $109k in today’s money.

          • So yeah NSX is still pretty much an expensive car, so they don’t always sell big. I guess just too many hype, especially first gen NSX is a legend of it’s own.

          • txsupra11

            Yes it was, and it didn’t sale in big numbers. But the new one has even lower numbers. Don’t disagree there. 1st gen NSX will be my next car for sure. I still think if Honda took away the hybrid system and just offered a RWD TT V6 model for $100k+ then it wouldn’t be such a flop.

          • Bo Hanan

            It’s DOA styling didn’t/doesn’t help either.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I don’t disagree but the fact remains that we saw it coming for a long time. That could happen here. I hope not.

    • Adilos Nave

      Was just going to say the same thing. Reminds me of the 4-5 years it took GM to get the latest Camaro into production.

      • Harry Nimmergut

        OK, but why the endless hype up? Seems like this has been hyped for MORE than 5 years. I’m tired of hearing about it, as is nearly everyone else. Just intro the thing already! It’ll sell maybe 2000 a year in the States a year, if that.. Much ado about nothing.

        • getoffme

          It isn’t BMW/Toyota fault that you keep clicking on websites not even produced by themselves. You are contributing to the hype. Ironic right?

          • txsupra11

            Exactly, looks like common sense is gone these day.

      • I think Camaro at that time were victim of GM bankruptcy, they had to postpone models like Camaro and when the bailout money comes. Then they start producing it again.

    • getoffme

      5-6 years is pretty standard with a new production car.

  • txsupra11
  • Kagan

    50 50 they say but reality often is up to 54 46!

    • Bo Hanan

      And 3.8 seconds to 60MPH? Please! With 335HP the car would have to be quite light which it won’t be.

      • Kagan

        No 335 is wrong probably min 435 hp or 335 kW.

  • An Existing Person

    I’ve seen so much spy shots and rumors, that this car is going to be dated and uneventful when it actually comes out.

  • dolsh

    But…it’ll actually be quicker, more efficient, and drive better with an automatic. Not to mention that Toyota knows 99% of the signees won’t actually buy the manual.

    • mas921

      more than 50% of the 86/Buyers where manual. and the manual is faster for autocross / drifting! only circuit racing is faster with auto/DCT and even faster with a sequential anyway

      • dolsh

        Which is how many? The 86/BRZ is already a unicorn, I guarantee single digit percentages of owners who will actually make use of the manual for autocross.
        The unspoken reality of the 86 is that the torque converter makes the automatic version ideal for where it will spend nearly all of its time: city driving. Frequently with aftermarket rims and annoying exhaust (if local examples are any indication). Also, better gas mileage…although I suspect that’s not a concern with 86 buyers. Wouldn’t be if I bought one.

    • Endera A

      it is not about being quicker, it is about fun and feeling connected to the car, a automatic don’t give you that. a sports car should be fun. who cares if it is a bit faster with a automatic -.-

  • Six_Tymes

    camo images do not look good (shape). I really hope I am pleasantly SUPRised when its finally unveiled

  • thunder bolt

    Can we all accept the fact that the new Supra is not a good looking car?

  • Teddy Wijaya

    overhyped….zzzzz

  • getoffme

    Then don’t and keep your outdated imaginary MKIV.

  • Assad Toutem

    No manual no buy.

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