New Toyota Supra Would Work Very Well As A Mid-Engined Supercar

All things considered, we think the new Supra looks pretty good. Sure, it’s not jaw-dropping like the FT-1 Concept, but anyone with the faintest idea of how the industry works should know that (almost) no production vehicle looks as good as the concept that previewed it.

If Toyota wanted to, it could have turned the Supra into a fully-fledged supercar catering to the very rich, but that is obviously Lexus territory.

However, what if it did? How would a Supra supercar look?

This rendering from Rain Prisk shows exactly how the Supra could look if it was built as a mid-engined supercar. And it looks good.

Prisk designed their mid-engined Supra by simply shuffling around the body panels of the Supra and changing some of them a bit. The result is a vehicle with a low and aggressive nose, a short hood, a sleek roofline, and a stunning decklid where the powertrain would be held. It has similar proportions to the Honda NSX and, to our eyes, looks nearly as sharp.

While the fifth-generation Supra is bound to evolve in the coming years, it will never morph into a mid-engined supercar.

Remember that statement about Lexus owning the hyper expensive supercar niche? Well, it’s not entirely true.

In fact, Toyota has already confirmed that it will build a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid prototype, previewed last year as the GR Super Sport concept. A variant of this vehicle could compete in the new LMP-1-replacing Le Mans hypercar class and shows just how committed Toyota is to performance vehicles. But, for the Supra, they’ll probably stick to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Which, in our books, is just great.

  • Christian

    Joe – My mom wouldn’t buy a Prius with a mid engine layout – Rogan

  • Bo Hanan

    Just stop.

    • Christian

      why… You don’t like something new?…. This is why queens like elizabeth warren won’t win…

      • Bo Hanan

        You don’t get it, do you?

        • Christian

          Because that i’m not a Man? Only men can understand..? Is that what you’re sayin”?

          • Bo Hanan

            I never gave consideration to what might be between your legs. And this drama from you confirms my original response to you. Just let it go. Pretend you’re a man if it helps.

          • Christian

            Between my legs? Is this se-xsuel harrsement?

  • J-Triumf

    This looks way better than the actual production model! The shorter front and more balanced cabin placement is much more stylish than typical clichéd cab-rearward proportions. I’d love to see the Supra go rear-mid someday.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Dude, what?

  • Zandit75

    Prefer to see a modern attempt at the MR2 instead of a “never going to happen”.

    • Da Only Skid

      MR-2, Celica = never gonna happen. My opinion, make them AWD. I live on a mountain, gravel road, and am being selfish.

  • nastinupe

    Knowing Toyota they would genetically engineer a GM spider that spins carbon fiber and used a spindle mechanism attached to the gravity of the earth to create the chassis, thereby skyrocketing the price to $5 million dollars while only offering the performance of a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

  • Da Only Skid

    While Rain has skills, no doubt. Why? LFA replacement, sure. Supra, no even. Hell, Toyota and all their design students and engineers couldn’t get it right. See more NSX than anything here.

    Doesn’t matter if toyota did a mid engine and made it super car fast for the millionaires, there is not a market for the tooling which is apparent with the new Supra.

    And concur, a mid-engine rebirth of the original MR-2 would be beautiful, maybe, now I don’t know the more I think about it…given their last iteration.

    Time will tell

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Oh a Ferraryota

  • Bash

    no please.

  • K Mac

    I can’t believe some of the comments here. I drive a 1st gen R8 Spyder as my daily driver. My heart only knows supercars. Everything else looks and feels mild to me. This Rain Prisk design is beautiful to me. Yes, it has elements of several supercars. Most other supercars have elements of others. It’s the reality of modern design. The new Supra is ugly in my eyes from almost every angle.

    • Smith

      Appreciate your opinion and your self glorification but this concept is wrong and my opinion is the new Supra is a stunning car as it is and as it will remain, so I can’t believe your comments, but you are entitled to your opinion. And as for the R8 Spyder as a supercar, that is stretching the imagination even further than this rendering.

      • K Mac

        Let me get this straight. You took the time to write that my opinion is wrong because you say so, and that your opinion is correct, also because you say so. Perhaps you also believe that the sun doesn’t rise until you wake up?!

        You have an opinion. That’s great. I’m sure someone out there will appreciate it and anything else you wish to share. Just not me.

        As for the R8, apparently you have no comprehension of what a supercar is. Then again, I should probably go ahead and assume that you actually do and that your comment is simply a feeble-minded, passive aggressive statement. Run along. No, really, run along. Put down the keyboard and let the little mouse go. Then proceed to ask someone, anyone who might care about you, for a great big hug. It’s all going to be okay.

  • stelvio

    This drawing only underlines how wrong the 2020 supra turned out to be

    • Smith

      Only wrong if you try, unsuccessfully, to make it into a mid-engined car, which it was not designed to be. Just like the Corvette is wrong and was never designed to be a mid engined car.

    • Ken Lyns

      It’s only wrong if its sales numbers are as pathetic as the Mk IV Supra’s 😉

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I’ll be honest. To me, this looks better than that uh…Corvette El Camino looking thing they call a supercar

  • MarketAndChurch

    I actually like the new Supra, I just wish it was instead called the new 86. And why adapt the Supra roadster design to a mid engine sports car design, when you could have just adapted the original Supra concept, the FT-1, to a mid-engine design.

  • Smith

    Oh, so you mean Toyota would make it look exactly like a mid-engined Corvette. Really, I think more imagination is needed here.

  • Christian Wimmer

    The Supra has always been a front-engined-rear-wheel-drive car, why change that?

    It‘s as if Mitsubishi would take the Eclipse and turn it into an SUV. Oh wait…

  • Sjaak

    too much “seen before” elements, nothing special nothing unique, misses the point, absolutely no “wow” factor

  • Snorlax

    Not bad :3

  • Daniel Stevens

    I think if they do a mid engined car it should be the all new brought back to life, MR2. Rebadge the 86 as a Celica, and call it good.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    You’ve lost the plot from the title.

  • TheBelltower

    So, the Supra has been deemed so ugly, that we are now resorting to thinking about what it would possibly be if it were mid-engined and wasn’t designed by the Androgynously [email protected] Duo. This doesn’t bode well for the real life car.

  • TB

    Why are they showing a picture of a morphed NSX/Ferrari?

    Meh…the Supra will never be that exciting.

  • Jorge A. Nunez

    Bmw doesn’t make a mid engine sports car. This will never happen

  • Astonman

    You’ve had some fun cars.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Even if Toyota made a mid engine supercar they would still ruin the styling when it comes to its production phase.

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