If you don’t know about the 2018 Toyota Supra that’s coming out, you might be living under a rock…A big rock.
But don’t worry, we have you covered for the latest. This is by far one of the most hyped-up cars that will make its debut (hopefully) soon, and rightfully so. The huge reputation the Toyota Supra has gotten over the past years, with the help of some choice films, has boosted the Supra to legendary status. The longer we wait for a new model, the more thirsty the fan base is getting. This new one better be good.
But honestly, I think Toyota has us in good hands. Have you seen the FT-1 concept? That car looks like it will be a worthy next generation for the king Supra. While crazy plastic body kits are no longer in style like they were back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the new Toyota Supra will look as great and embody greatness as its predecessor.
Just like the rest of the car world, I am stupidly excited for this new Supra. Even though Toyota has been pretty quiet about its development so far, we can still gather a good host of information to wet our pallets in the meantime.
The Exterior- FT-1 Concept:
This is the FT-1 Concept. The reason I’m showing you this lovely machine is because it is the ground work for the new Supra. Quite a start, isn’t it? This front engine, RWD concept vehicle is going to be reworked for production and be the 2018 Toyota Supra.
The FT-1 is undeniably gorgeous. So how will this translate to the Supra? There have been a ton of spy shots on the Supra driving around town with its friend, the BMW Z5. In these spy shots, we can see how the Supra is taking form for production.
The Exterior- 2018 Toyota Supra:
Here is a rendering from a very popular Supra forum: http://www.supramkv.com/threads/our-new-supra-renderings.574/
This rendering was actually taken directly from the spy shots that people have been able to snag up from winter testing. As you can see, it stays very true to the radical FT-1 concept car. While this is a very much updated design, you can still tell that this is a Supra and many tuning companies will have fun it.
The rear end is the most different part of the Supra vs. the FT-1. There is a much more traditional diffusor in place of the insane rear bumper and super diffusor, and the spoiler is a fixed lip over an active spoiler set up on the FT-1. I think the biggest overall difference is the fact that the FT-1 looks much more like a super GT car (think Aston Martin Vantage or Maserati GranTurismo) and the Supra looks like more like a sports coupe. Kind of like what the GT86 wants to be.
Something To Think About:
Now let’s think about this: Toyota will offer the GT86 and the Supra on the same showroom floor, which means two (technically) sports coupes. With that being said, I think the Supra will be a more premium offering between the two (think about the Nissan 370Z and GTR). Like Toyota’s GTR, but not as expensive or as fast…Unless they do make it as expensive and as fast…and Furious (GASP).
The Interior: FT-1
This is the interior of the FT-1 concept. No, the Supra will not have this interior. But, there will be some strong similarities. The center stack and storage area will definitely be reworked to be actually useful, and the steering wheel and instrument cluster won’t look like they’ve been borrowed from military fighter jets.
While that is kind of unfortunate, you can bet your butt (I’ve been wanting to say that for a while) the Supra will have a very well designed interior.
The FT-1 concepts interior is a very focused and driver-driven place to be. I’m very interested in how Toyota will rework this conceptual interior to fit into the new Supra. I do believe that the overall character of the interior will be focused on the driver and the driving experience. That means more slimmed down and less luxurious touches, which translates to (hopefully) a more understanding MSRP. Regardless, there will be a long wait list for the 2018 Toyota Supra, so don’t get too excited even when you see it driving around.
This is where we bring BMW into the picture. Toyota and BMW are jointly developing the Z5 and the 2018 Supra together which is shocking if you didn’t know that yet. In basic English, the Supra will be getting the fantastic underpinnings and chassis work of the Z5 while BMW is getting a cost effective hybrid drive system and battery pack from Toyota. This is because the whole roadster thing isn’t a huge seller for BMW, but since it’s part of the Bavarian’s DNA, they need it.
Toyota on the other hand gets some great German engineering for the new Supra. That is quite the win-win situation.
As for the 2018 Toyota Supra engine options, we’re looking at three possibilities. Entry level options will receive a 2.0 L turbo four and the top trims will most likely see either a BMW derived straight six (unlikely, since Toyota may just use one of their own engines) or a V6. We will see a power output of 200-250 horses from the four cylinder, and most likely 340 HP or so from the available six cylinder.
Now, I know I mentioned something about a hybrid drive train, so we will most likely see that out of the six cylinder upper-trim options. That would most likely mean that cars with the hybrid system will not be able to have a manual transmission, so expect a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. Things are sparse as of now, but look for some 0-60 times in around five seconds. But that doesn’t matter because tuning companies will most likely throw turbos in there and make 1,000 HP because that’s the tuner thing to do.
2018 Toyota Supra – The Specs:
|Vehicle Type:||Sports Coupe|
|Powertrain:||2.0 L 4-cyl , 3.0 L I6/V6 (est.)|
|Gearbox:||6-speed manual/8-speed automatic (est.)|
|Power:||250 – 400 HP (est.)|
|Torque:||250 – 300 Lb-Ft. (est.)|
|Length:||178 Inches (4.5 Meters) (est.)|
|Width:||71 Inches (1.8 Meters) (est.)|
|Height:||50 Inches (1.27 Meters) (est.)|
|Top Speed:||180 MPH (289 KPH) (est.)|
|Seating:||2+2 or 5|
|Wheelbase:||100.4 Inches (2.55 Meters) (est.)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||5 seconds – 4 sec. (est.)|
|Base Price:||$30,000 (est.)|
Sum It Up:
I’m way too excited for this. Here is a video I did on the new Supra. Enjoy!: