Forthcoming Supra will drop Toyota badging and act as a launchpad for Gazoo Racing sub-brand. Our exclusive image shows how it could look.
The revived Supra sports car will ditch its Toyota badging and be sold solely under the manufacturer’s Gazoo Racing brand, Auto Express understands.
In what will be seen as a major commitment from the marque to its high-performance Gazoo division, the sports coupe – which is being developed jointly by the Japanese maker and German giant BMW – will not be sold with Toyota badges, and our exclusive image shows how it could look.
“The Supra will be by Gazoo,” said the boss of the performance division, Shigeki Tomoyama. The news comes after it transpired that the Gazoo Racing team became more heavily involved in the car’s development – after Toyota president Akio Toyoda tested the vehicle and decided it needed to be “more mobile”. Prototype cars have since been given more of an edge to what was a fairly benign initial set-up.
The Supra’s sister vehicle, the BMW Z4, is expected in showrooms next year, but Tomoyama hinted that the Gazoo creation may not arrive until the second half of 2019.
While the BMW will be sold only as a convertible, the Supra will be a fixed-roof coupe. It’s likely that the Gazoo-badged car will use bigger, six-cylinder engines, too.
As the owner of a 600bhp carbon fibre-bodied previous-generation Supra, Gazoo boss Tomoyama said that the new car will need to attract fans of the classic models.
“The new car has to appeal to the existing owners first,” he told us. “The old cars had a straight-six engine, twin turbos and rear-wheel drive; the new car must have the same philosophy.”
There’s a chance Toyota and Gazoo will look to their Le Mans race cars for added hybrid tech. The new model is said to weigh between 1,200kg and 1,500kg, with Gazoo using the BMW M4 Coupe and Porsche 911 as benchmarks.
As with all other GR models, such as the Yaris GRMN, the company will offer an extensive range of aftermarket tuning parts for the new sports car. Prices will be announced closer to the car’s showroom debut.