Toyota’s GR Supra Racing Concept Previews The Return Of The Legend

Toyota has revealed the Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept, giving us a preview of the actual Supra road car that’s due in 2019.

Along with the new racing concept came the official confirmation of the new Supra, with Toyota saying that “this concept heralds Supra’s return in a fifth generation”.

As for the concept, it features a rather dramatic bodywork, including the wide fenders and the crazy aero kit featuring a huge rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing. Imagine the car without them and you will get a pretty good idea of what the new Toyota Supra is going to look like.

“Yes, the Supra is returning,” said Johan Van Zyl, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe. “This concept is a clear signal of our intention to bring back one of our most legendary sports cars to the market. This baby, developed by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, is a thoroughbred designed for the race track.”

“The best way of taking our ‘Supra Hero’ into a new era. It has been made light, compact and, of course, fast.I think you will agree it looks amazing!”

Composite materials have been used in parts like the front and rear bumpers, front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts and rear wing. The same goes for the louvered bonnet while all the glasshouse is made out of plastic, because racecar.

The interior is pure competition-spec as its fitted with a racing dashboard and a single bucket seat for the driver. A full roll cage, the inner door carbon panels and a quick-release steering wheel are just some of the concept’s interior features.

Although Toyota hasn’t released any technical details yet, it says that the concept, which was created by Gazoo Racing, employs the classic front engine/rear-drive configuration and perfectly expresses the return of the fun-to-drive character in its models.

The racing livery of the GR Supra Racing also has the number 90 on its doors, a historical reference to the Supra’s codename.

The actual road version of the new Supra will arrive in 2019, but if you feel impatient Toyota will release the GR Supra Racing concept in the Gran Turismo Sport video game this April.

Article updated with images from the Geneva motor show

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Image credits Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien & Manufacturer

  • Christian

    you know Toyota gonna be like…Meh, lets give it a 1,5 Turbo and some Hybridshit! Just soo we look like we care about the environment.

    “Suddenly a racedriver shows up” What about, like a 3-liter inline and TwinTurbo??

    Are you dumb?


    hint for production model: remove all the stripes, racing rear and interior, and without fixed spoiler

    • No s**t sherlock. Do you really need to type this?

      • Christian

        WOWOWOWOWO Hold on, why do you need to throw the S bomb? Come’on 2018, mate! One thing to say sh!t but the Sherbiplock! So male privilege to say.

        • Christian

          I’m and idiot… Sorry for calling you “Mate” 🙁 I’ll take my words back. How could I, I don’t no if you are non-biodegradable Sorry

        • Why? This guy has comment a lot of bollocks and some of his comments is straight up s****d Clarkson fanboi.

          • Christian

            I hate when users does that! Okay, i¨ll agree with you!

  • Warming up to it a bit..

    • Wish I could say the same, much as the Japanese can do little wrong in my world aesthetically this car does nothing for me.

      • I see you’re still hung up on the Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept ey lol

        • LoL,

          Can’t deny that. To be fair though I am biased towards Nissan because my FX50 has been amazing, 3 years later that car still does to me what it did when I first drove it.

          I’m actually considering the Hybrid Q50 now to replace the Accord as a daily driver.

          Best part though about Infiniti is that when you drive one you’re probably the only one who knows what a gem you have.

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    those damn ricers…… 😉

    • Eythan Aldrich

      this ain’t rice homie…..

    • The Watcher

      Toyota Motorsport has a track record of being RICE. I mean look at their endurance race last year.

  • Eagle By Singer

    Will this be an end to the countless renderings?

  • I really hope it preview Supra entry in GTE or even GT3. I’m sure there is a gap at Gazoo for another racing program!

    • Carparral

      I agree. I hope it is not just a race car looking concept car.

      • The Watcher

        Basically, race body work on production model.

  • JimmyK

    And what engine has under the bonnet? BMW or Toyota?

    • ErnieB

      It’s a BMyota

      • JimmyK

        That’s what I’m afraid of…

        • mas921

          why so? B58’s current record is 613WHP stock long block, pretty much a “3JZ”

    • The Watcher

      They co-developed a new variant of B58. Hopefully, rock solid reliable.

    • willhaven

      If it’s Toyota, it may be with the help of Yamaha and probably be pretty good. If it’s BMW, it’ll be potent as hell.

  • Tinky-Winky

    My hope for a good looking Toyota Supra has been restored.

  • Bo Hanan

    Nice Celica. Still waiting for the Supra.

    • ErnieB

      I agree.. if they price this above $50k don’t think it will sell.. this is a celica to me! It’s a nice looking car though..

    • Good point there, again it’s all bean counters. I mean for this one they had to do it together with BMW.

    • Honda NSX-R

      At least it’ll be more attainable

    • mas921

      its ironic that the A80 supra was a 3400lb 2+2 GT car, not a “sports car” like the 2800lb FD3S…

      • Bo Hanan

        “Ironic?” This car IS the BMW Z4 (right down to the 340i engine). That being enough to NOT call it a Supra. Additionally, handing one of your most iconic cars off to another car manufacturer to be engineered is sacrilegious. Even if that said company is BMW. Just imagine if the following cars were handed off to other companies: Corvette, Mustang, M6-M5-M4-M3, GTR, 911…

  • Six_Tymes

    This looks exciting.

  • manuel

    It lacks aesthetics . The new Mazda mx 5 Miata on the other hand ,does not.

  • Scherpereel Clement

    In some 3/4 rear picture it looks like the new Viper ! The design is way better than the photoshop interpretation we had.
    Still not convince by the headlight though

  • Honda NSX-R

    Wow, it looks as if the MKIV Supra reincarnated into 2018!

    • Infinite1

      I agree, front end and rear end has remnants of the MKIV front certain angles to headlight and tail light shape

  • Honda NSX-R

    So could the production spec MKV Supra come with a manual transmission? I’m seeing three pedals in this car

    • mas921

      this GT3/GTE race car has a sequential tranny. Sequentials need the clutch in downshifts (or when the driver needs to cut power for a very short period of time, like holding the eBrake in drifting)

      so its not a “manual” am afraid….at least not the race version

      • Honda NSX-R

        Yeah even the NSX GT3 car has a sequential transmission, and the production NSX has a dual-clutch transmission.

  • Infinite1

    I like it, can’t wait to see the production model.

  • willhaven

    I loved the concept, but I can’t help feeling slightly underwhelmed by this. Not that it matters – I won’t be able to afford it lol

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Is it Corvette comparable?

  • eb110americana

    You know how ugly cars in full race-spec sometimes look passable slammed to the ground with asphalt-scraping front splitter and fender flares? Well this one looks ugly as a race car, so I’m banking on a full-tilt hideous production Supra.

    • Bill

      Unfortunately, I have to agree with you.

  • Honda NSX-R

    MKIV Supra length: 177.8 inches
    This car: ~180 inches
    Small? o.O?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Sorry. It looks small.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I guess we’re just used to cars getting bigger and bigger, rather than cars getting smaller

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Yeah, plus I was venting a bit as well.


    I have high hopes for this thing but I’m prepared to be disappointed as well.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’m afraid that I’ll probably like the production version even less.

  • SteersUright

    I kinda love the race-car version on display here, but I fear the production car will be so toned down from this to near total blandness. Also, I don’t care about the lack of a manual, but the DCT better be a whole heck of a lot better than what in current BMW’s. My buddy’s 2018 M4 does NOT shift anywhere near as well Porsche’s latest PDK. That said, I don’t see why BMW/Toyota couldn’t just take apart a PDK and match or exceed its capability.

    • getoffme

      I disagree. I have a feeling the production will look similar to this. Look up the Lexus RC GT3 concept for reference.

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