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Published on November 16th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Toyota Supra Successor May Be An EV, Have Tesla Roots

For more than a decade, Toyota did not have a single legitimate sports car in its lineup after the Supra was discontinued. Since the late 1990s, journalists have speculated about the return of a Supra, and now that talk is starting to bubble to the surface again. And this time the talk includes an all-electric Toyota Supra that could have Tesla roots.

Toyota and Tesla already have a close working relationship. Tesla helped to developed the Toyota RAV4 EV and taking a stake in the NUMMI plant which Toyota once shared with GM. With a successor to the Tesla Roadster (supposedly called the Model R) in the works, perhaps the Tesla/Toyota relationship will extend beyond compliance SUVs.

Toyota has finally started getting back into the sports car game with the recently released GT86 (also known as the Scion FR-S), and an all-electric Supra seems like a natural next step. The Supra was never a cheap car, and Toyota could market it as a premium electric sports car with high profit margins. Besides, Tesla is supposedly working on its own electric supercar…maybe there is something to these rumors.

I don’t want to get my hopes too high, but there is certainly a surge in interest when it comes to high-end electric sports cars. For the low-end there is always a hybrid version of the Scion FR-S apparently in the works. Is an all-electric Toyota Supra powered by Tesla on its way to market? Anybody here ready to get their wallet out and plunk down a deposit?

Source: The Detroit Bureau


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



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