A new report confirms what we all secretly had hoped; that the Toyota FT-1 Concept is the precursor to the return of the Supra as a hybrid supercar. Not only that, but the report indicates that another, smaller sports car is also in the works.
It makes plenty of sense to take the successful Toyota FT-1 Concept and turn it into a production model. The car caught the press by surprise, and instantly the discussion turned towards the return of the Toyota Supra. Rumors had suggested that the Supra could return as a hybrid or even an all-electric supercar, and Motoring.com.au reports that a production version of the FT-1 Concept will use 2.5 liter V6 mated with a hybrid drivetrain making more than 400 horsepower.
A cheaper, entry-level model of the new Supra will use a 2.0 liter turbocharged gas engine for motivation, and a Lexus LFA-style transaxle is rumored to be part of the equation as well. Pricing will hopefully be under $100,000, though a car like this isn’t likely to be cheap, even with the turbocharged gas engine.
But the new Toyota Supra hybrid won’t be alone, as there is also rumor of a new, smaller sports car from Toyota slotted beneath the GT86/Scion FR-S. This entry-level sports coupe will start at around $16,000 in the U.S., and could use a 1.5 liter gas engine paired with a hybrid drivetrain designed to deliver efficiency and performance. No mention of the rumored GT86 hybrid variant unfortunately, though that may have just been too much good news for one story.
The next Toyota Supra could hit dealerships as early as 2016, meaning a 2015 debut could be in the works. The smaller entry-level coupe, meanwhile is slated for a 2017 debut. While neither car is officially official via Toyota’s own mouthpiece, both cars seem like a slam dunk idea to me. I know I’ve given Toyota a hard time in the past, but the brand is finally giving me cars that evoke an emotional response. I will be genuinely upset if a Toyota Supra hybrid doesn’t happen.
I guess Toyota finally got the memo that their brand was in desperate need of an excitement injection, and new Toyota Supra hybrid is exactly what the doctor ordered.