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Toyota Supra Heritage Edition Stands Out At The SEMA Show

With the Toyota Supra hype train still running wild, there’s definitely no shortage of its tuned versions at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The one that stands out the most though is the Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition by Motorsports Tech Center.

While the new Supra has never failed to amaze me, I understand it’s also a bit of a disappointment for those who were expecting that it would adopt many elements showcased by the FT-1 concept back in 2014. So to get the best of both worlds, Motorsports Tech Center took inspiration from the design cues of the concept car and the styling of the 90s fourth-generation Supra. After that, they mashed those with the new model of the vehicle.

The GR Supra Heritage Edition gives us a “what if” scenario that shows what could have been if Toyota strictly kept the DNA of old Supra and the FT-1 concept vehicle going onwards. Outside, the customized sports car features reworked headlights and taillights similar to the MKIV. Aero enhancements were also introduced to it, including new side sills, front splitter, rear diffuser, and large rear wing reminiscent of the new Supra’s predecessor.

The upgrades are topped off by a new set of 19-inch HRE wheels. Brembo brakes were used for the modded Supra and the suspension has been lowered by three inches.

The Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition is not just all bark and no bite. Within the car rests a tuned version of its 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces as high as 503 hp.

Dealerships Continue to Milk Exorbitant Fees From The Toyota Supra

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We thought that we have seen the worst when we learned that some merchants in the US were charging double for the Launch Edition of the new Toyota Supra. Recently, one dealership has proven us wrong because it just posted the car with triple its price tag!

Since Toyota announced that they are only making 1,500 units of the Supra’s limited edition model, some dealerships have taken the opportunity to jack up the selling prices of their supplies. The store that really hit the roof this time is Bill Penney Toyota, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama, according to Motor1.

The dealership in question is currently selling the Toyota Supra Launch Edition for a whopping $167,000. That’s a ridiculously $111,750 more than the recommended retail price posted by Toyota.

As a recap, the company has a starting price of $53,990 for the base Premium trim of the car. Going for the Launch Edition only sets the buyer back by $1,260.

Going back to the notorious dealership, one of Bill Penney Toyota’s Supra Premium listing is at $63,000, which is $9,010 up from the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended retail price. That means the buyer will have to shell out $104,000 from Premium to Launch Edition that only adds black wheels, red mirror caps, red leather upholstery, and Launch Edition badges to the car.

If that’s bad enough, we haven’t mentioned yet that the overpriced Launch Edition has already clocked plenty of miles. From its purchase, it seems that the owner of the dealership has taken his sweet time taking the car for a joyride, so its reading is now at 182 miles.

Toyota Supra 3000GT Concept To Be Unveiled At SEMA In November

The new Supra is undeniably the best thing happening in Toyota right now. Adding flavor to the sports car will be its upcoming performance version from TRD. The US soil is yet to welcome the more powerful variant of the unit, but further fuelling our excitement for it are the teasers that recently came out about the upcoming Toyota Supra 3000GT concept.

According to a report, the Supra 3000GT concept will be making its official debut the SEMA Show happening on November 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The details about the car are still under wraps but thanks to the new official teasers of the product, we now have a bit of an idea of what to expect from it.

Based on the new teasers, the Supra 3000GT concept will feature four air vents on its hood. It will also get extended fenders and a large rear wing making it more aggressive-looking. The design elements almost remind us of the very limited classic 3000GT from the 90s. So we are probably getting a mishmash of the vehicle’s past and present versions to please the hardcore Supra fans.

We have no idea yet about the numbers that TRD will be adding to the Supra. Looking at the current specs of its 2020 year model though, its 3.0-liter turbo inline-six will definitely push the envelope above its present 335 hp output. Recently, we have witnessed aftermarket tuners take it as far as 600 horses, but a conservative estimate says TRD might configure it at around 500 hp.

UK Tuner Company Gives The 2020 Toyota Supra 420HP

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It’s only been a couple of weeks but a UK tuning company already gave the 2020 Toyota Supra it’s very first tune, extracting a total of 420 horsepower from the Japanese supercar.

There was no major tune-up. All Litchfield had to do was add power to the Supra’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine via an ECU remap. There were no hardware changes involved in the tune-up. At this point, everything is purely computer.

On its own, the Supra can make 335 horsepower. It’s super fast and that has been confirmed via the first official lap time. If the car is truly making that straight from the factory, this means that the tune-up added an impressive 85 horsepower. For a computer tweak, that’s pretty remarkable.

The good news is that Litchfield isn’t done yet. According to reports, the UK tuner company will optimize a tune with bolt-on modifications. The tuner company plans to eliminate the particulate filter that the Supra came with from the factory (this is not installed in US-spec cars).

Instead, the tuner will allow buyers to choose between a Milltek or Akrapovic exhaust. These changes are bound to add another 20 to 30 horsepower to the car’s output.

Thankfully, Litchfield doesn’t charge as much as other tuner companies when it comes to their kits. Similar kits fitted for BMW cars cost only £600 (or $730). Based on that figure, the tune and the exhaust in the 2020 Toyota Supra will most likely cost $1,500. Considering that there’s a possibility your Supra can have 450 horsepower, that’s not much money to ask.

Since Litchfield is a UK company, buyers in the US won’t be able to have their hands on the same tuning kit. The tuner company isn’t even making the kit available to the European market. Surely, American tuner firms will also start to unlock the powers in the Supra’s machine.

 

Limited Edition Toyota Supra Gets Double Mark Up Pricing From Dealership

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The new Toyota Supra is one of the hottest things arriving in US dealerships this year. It comes with a Launch Edition model that’s only limited to 1,500 units globally. Some merchants are taking advantage of its rarity by offering it with a mark up nearly double its price for a quick profit.

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In a posting at Jerry’s Toyota in Baltimore, Maryland, the dealership was seen selling the Toyota Supra Launch Edition under a $100,000 price tag. That’s nearly double the MSRP of the car at $57,975.

Jerry’s Toyota is yet to comment on the matter. However, Toyota’s Senior Manager of Product Communications Nancy Hubbel revealed that dealers are free to set the final price on their products. She said that their company can only monitor the sales prices and consult their dealers when necessary. For short, they have little or no control at all on the massive markups.

2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition at a Glance

There’s a lot to be desired in the new Supra. The sporty design of the car features an angular nose, faux air inlets, aggressive creases, false cooling ducts, triple grille look, LED lights, rear spoiler, wide wheel arches, huge brake light, and twin exhaust tips. The Launch Edition ups the ante with unique trim elements like red mirror caps.

Inside, the car is rigged with components found in the cockpit of the BMW Z4 like the iDrive controller, digital instrument cluster, and 6.5-inch screen (with an optional 8.8-inch touchscreen replacement). In addition, it is fitted with adjustable bucket seats, optional 12-speaker audio system plus high-quality leather and carbon fiber insert on the dashboard and central console.

Beneath the Supra’s hood is a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The setup pushes the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds while its max speed is capped at 155 mph.

Will There Be A Manual Transmission For The 2019 Toyota Supra?

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The long journey of the 2019 Toyota Supra from concept to production is nearing its end and with it comes the possibility that the car will arrive with an option for manual transmission.

At least, that’s what Supra project head Masayuki Kai told Road and Track during a conversation. But if you want this to happen, you have to let Toyota hear your voices. The only way the manual gearbox will be available for the Supra is if Toyota sees the market demand. The possibility of a Supra with manual transmission is entirely dependent on the reaction to the car, specifically the standard version that has an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The fact that Toyota has already developed the hardware is even more exciting news but you have to hold your breath because the Japanese carmaker said that the currently available hardware is for the right-hand drive market. It’s not clear whether Mr. Kai means that it will only be available for the right-hand drive market or it will be an option also for other markets like the United States.

Supra project’s chief engineer also hinted that the production of a manual-transmission Supra must fall within financial reasons, meaning that it’s expensive for Toyota to produce this mechanism for the masses. If it is offered, it might only come as a special edition of 100 units, so the company can spend less in “tooling.”

Right now, what we know about the Supra is that it will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine that makes more than 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque (there’s no exact figure from Toyota yet). If Toyota wants to increase the power and compete with others in the segment, an insider told Top Speed that the Toyota Supra can accommodate up to 500 horsepower.

 

2020 Toyota Supra Makes a ‘Dynamic Debut’ At Goodwood Festival of Speed


Toyota finally unveiled in a kind of “dynamic debut” fashion its 2020 Supra at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. By “dynamic,” Toyota meant that what they have shown at the festival was the production version of the car, but it’s still covered with camouflage.

Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and master driver Herwig Daenens sprinted the Supra up the famed hill climb. The Supra is cloaked in red, white, and black camo, which comes from Toyota Gazoo Racing. These are the same colors used on the 24 Hour of Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid LMP1 racer sports.

The next-generation A90 Supra will remain true to its predecessors as the Japanese automaker confirmed that it will use an inline-6 engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. The standard Supra should come with BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 and a likely hybrid version should come with more power. There’s still no word on whether a manual transmission will be developed for the car.

The Supra’s development is tied with that of the BMW Z4, but Toyota was very clear on its mission to distinguish the Supra from the German car. Tada said that the two cars will offer completely different driving experiences and even their shared hardware will have dissimilar configurations.

To sooth the ego of Supra fans, Toyota also asked for their opinions and suggestions on how to develop this next-generation Supra.

Interior

The spy shots of the Supra’s interior were published by Motor1 also. The last time we took a peek inside its cabin was in April and back then, we only saw its instrument cluster and steering wheel. This time, we are given a good sense of what the interior will look like.

The dashboard does not have the same wraparound effect but occupants will still sit lower in the car. There’s a wide infotainment screen on top of the center stack and a second screen is possible given that there’s still space for it. The shots make us think that the Supra will have a smaller cabin than what was originally planned, but let’s just wait and see.

Toyota said that the car will be on sale in the first half of 2019, meaning the full reveal is six months away from today.

 

 

4 Things To Check Out About The 2019 Toyota Supra

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Toyota has yet to confirm the arrival of another Supra, specifically for the 2019 model year. But if the new spy shots are to be believed, it looks like the Supra name is making a comeback for this sports car, which will particularly be marketed in Europe.

In 2011, the Japanese automaker announced that it signed a deal with BMW to develop a sports car platform. This is supposedly that car. BMW, for its part, is using the platform as replacement for the Z4, which is believed to be a new model called the Z5.

1. It Is Smaller Than The FT-1 Concept Car

These spy photos reveal that the 2019 Toyota Supra will be relatively smaller than 2014’s FT-1 concept car, which already previewed the design. It did borrow a host of other elements from the concept, mainly the double-bubble roof, the protruding nose, the muscular rear fenders, the jet-fighter style glasshouse, and the ducktail trunk lid.

In some of the shots, there is also a glimpse of the new liftback. There are still few details about the Supra, seeing as there’s still plenty of time before Toyota takes this to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

But what we do know is that the new platform features a front-midship layout and a low center of gravity based on the very low hood and roof. It might also boast of a multi-material construction, probably using more carbon fiber to take off the weight and boost speed and strength.

2. There Will Be At Least Two Powertrains

The Supra might have two powertrain choices. The range-topper is a hybrid powertrain that combines a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an electric motor or two. There is still no confirmation about the base model. The V-6 engine will be able to power the rear wheels while the electric motors will bring power to the front wheels. This should create a “through-the-road” hybrid setup. We saw this same setup in Toyota’s Hybrid-R concept back in 2013.

3. It Will Have A Mid-$50K Price Tag

The system might sound good on paper, but it also means a hefty price tag of mid-$50,000 for the base model. That is higher than a Corvette, the standard of classic sports car in the US. That price will quickly rise with modifications and a higher-range model.

There is a fear, of course, that the price tag will pull the sales down, so Toyota may offer an entry-level powertrain that will pack either a twin-turbo V-6 engine or a turbocharged inline-4.

4. Spy Photos

Check out the spy photos of the car below, which were provided by Car and Driver:

Top 3 Rumors About The New Toyota Supra

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2019 Toyota Supra spy shot. (Photo Source: Motor Authority)

For the past several months, we have seen prototypes for Toyota’s new sports car being tested in the wild. The car is expected to revive the Toyota Supra name, so a lot is being expected from this.

1. The New Supra will get a V-6 Engine

Based on the spy video of the prototype, the engine sounds a lot like a V-6 engine, based only on the turbo whoosh-like sounds coming from the car. This would prove a report back in July that the car is getting a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that has been developed for Lexus and some high-end Toyotas.

There were earlier claims that the Supra will get a 4-cylinder, but that seems impossible given the leak on the possible V-6 engine, which can produce up to 400 horsepower on its own. Paired with the Supra and a hybrid system similar to the Hybrid-R concept, and the V-6 can churn more than 500 horses.

2. The New Supra’s Design Might be Based on BMW’s Z4

Details about the new Supra are scarce for now since Toyota has yet to release any word about how the Supra is going to be designed. Rumors, however, are saying that the Supra will have a similar rear-wheel-drive platform that was developed for the BMW Z4. It can also be recalled that such a design was previewed along with Toyota’s series of FT-1 concept cars back in 2014.

The BMW Z5, a replacement of the Z4, will be a traditional sports car with a soft-top roof. The Toyota is aimed to be a showpiece for the Japanese company’s performance-oriented hybrid technology that is developed for the World Endurance Championship.

3. The New Supra is Going to Markets Next Year

Toyota is not sure yet what they’ll call the sports car, though we’re gunning for the Supra label. Whatever name it ends up with, we can see by next year once it’s released if it can live up to the name and the hype. It will arrive just in time for the 2019 model year.

See the Spy Shots And Video Of 2019 Toyota Supra

Back in 2011, Toyota signed a deal with BMW to jointly develop a sports car platform. It then announced a sports car, which would have been based on the platform for a replacement for the Z4. It was termed as the Z5 back then.

Although the Japanese automaker has yet to confirm the Supra name for its upcoming sports car, there were already some hints that it’s soon coming back. In fact, Toyota has reportedly trademarked the Supra name for the European market.

Guys over at SupraMKV released a spy video showing a Supra prototype leaving and entering the BMW M Test Center at the Nüburgring. This isn’t a surprise, of course, since Toyota is developing the Supra together with BMW.

Together with some spy shots, the video revealed that the car is smaller than 2014’s FT-1 concept car, which previously showed the design. Some of the more interesting elements borrowed from that concept are the double-bubble roof, protruding nose, muscular rear fenders, jet fighter-style glasshouse, and ducktail trunk lid. The new liftback can also be clearly seen from the shots.

However, for those excited to see the Toyota Supra, you will have to wait until we’re well into 2018 for it. It will likely arrive as a 2019 model, though it is also possible that a debut will take place in late 2017 at the Tokyo Motor Show.

So far, we know that the new platform has a front-midshap layout and a low center of gravity. That’s clearly evident from the very low hood and roof. It will also feature construction using a multitude of materials–some carbon fiber to keep it lightweight and boost the strength and power.

There should be more than one powertrain option. The range-topper is expected to be a hybrid powertrain combining a twin-turbocharged V-6 with an electric motor or two.

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