What If Toyota Reinvented The 2000GT Supercar For The 21st Century?

Under the supervision of current president Akio Toyoda, the Toyota brand has become more emotional than ever.

Only ten years ago, no one would have dared dream of sports cars like the 86, Yaris GRMN or a new Supra, let alone a Toyota hypercar. Yes, the Japanese company has a 1,000PS hypercar in its plans too, as the GR Super Sport Concept indicated in early 2018 at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Furthermore, a Mazda MX-5 rival inspired by the S-FR Concept is also in the cards, according to recent reports.

But any conversation about emotional Toyota models has to start with the legendary 2000GT, Japan’s first supercar. Launched in 1967, the rear-wheel-drive fastback coupé built in collaboration with Yamaha helped change the world’s view of Japan as a maker of unremarkable, no-frills vehicles.

Now that sports cars are back in Toyota’s favor, many enthusiasts are probably wondering what a modern-day 2000GT would look like. Well, a talented designer has already envisioned it and we’re absolutely thrilled with his creation.

Taiwan-based designer Li Yulin has penned a coupé with dramatic proportions, flowing lines, and just the right dose of retro-styled details — the most obvious being the Kammback rear end and the tunneling lights.

Highlights include the long bonnet (the most obvious tribute to the original 2000GT), short front overhangs, pushed back cabin, and massive wheels. There are some Supra influences there as well, such as the double-bubble roof and the contour of the side windows.

Unfortunately, we won’t get to see something like this happening soon, if ever. As a Toyota engineer recently told Motoring, there wouldn’t be a new Supra if it weren’t for the 2019 BMW Z4. A car like this would make no economic sense unless it was co-developed with another carmaker. It’s a shame something as trivial as profit stands in the way of Toyota bringing back the 2000GT nameplate.

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  • ksegg


    Stop the “WHAT IF’S?” and just stick with Camry’s.

  • john1168

    I LOVE IT! Give it a 300hp turbo 2.0 and a DCT. Call that the 2000GT. Give it a 450 hp 3.0 twin turbo with a DCT and call it the 3000GT.

  • Mind Synthetic

    no, no thank you. it will looks like a supra and borrow design ques from a prius prime. piss off with your student design works

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      The Prime honestly doesn’t look that bad..

      ..the regular Prius’ design though is a different story.

    • Mike anonymous

      Now if this was a HONDA, I think we all might appreciate it a little more. The design better fits Hondas design language (it does not really look like a Toyota).

  • Mill0048

    This looks fantastic!

  • Mr. EP9

    No thanks, they’d just raid someone else’s parts bin, let them do all the heavy lifting, and drag their feet for decades on the official unveiling.

  • charlotteharry57

    Since the current Prius’ designers obviously made their way over to the Supra design studios next, this would never be such a clean design. I’m VERY worried about talk of resurrecting the Celica and MR2.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Why is there no grill in the front? Tf?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Nobody was hungry. Maybe everyone just had a salad.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I heard they prefered having some ice cream too

  • eb110americana

    What if the new Supra wasn’t butt-ugly, and looked like this instead?

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      For the Supra, if only they just smoothened and toned-down the FT-1 concept-car lines and kept the overall body and rest as it is, it would’ve looked badass.

      Y’know… that worked very well with the FT-AC to the new RAV4… didn’t it?

      • Mike anonymous

        Not only that, but it lost the “GT” size that the FT-1 concept-car had. The FT-1 was MUCH longer and much wider. It enabled the proportions to fit correctly to the design.

        What they’ve done with the upcoming supra is take a BMW Z4 and try to stuff the FT-1 concept-car design onto (a vehicle that was not designed for) it. Then cutting out the places in the design where on the Z4 body it needed airflow, opposed to building their own vehicle from scratch.

        I honestly feel bad for the designers of the FT-1 concept-car, because they built that concept to be the next Supra. The last generation of the Supra was meant to be a GT (Grand Touring) vehicle, where as the upcoming model seems more like a hardtop coupe. It’s not terrible what-so-ever,.. but just to think what it could have been (and it hasn’t even come out yet).

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Soooooo… a new Supra?

    We kinda, sorta already have one of those.

  • Lawrence King

    I was thinking of the Mitsubishi 3000GT when I saw the 2000GT mentioned in the title of the article. LOL!

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I wonder if Mitsubishi weren’t thinking of the same thing when they introduced the 3000GT?

      • eb110americana

        Clearly, it contains another 1000 units of GT-ness.

  • Six_Tymes

    does anyone know who the designers are that created these renders? thanks

    • eb110americana

      “Taiwan-based designer Li Yulin…”
      It even has his Behance portfolio linked in the same text above.

      • Six Thousand Times


  • Nordschleife

    This is one of those great anniversary type vehicles. Like akin to the LFA. Something to be a showcase for Toyota. It’s a beautiful render.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That’s quite good, actually.

  • StrangerGP

    Another day, another Supra related editorial.

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