It’s another week so naturally there’s another spy pic – a real one, this time – of the looong awaited Toyota Supra. Read on for the car’s price, specs and release date
new Toyota Supra snapped in transit
six-cylinder engine shared with the BMW Z4
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It’s a testament to quite how long Toyota has eked out the launch of the 2019 Toyota Supra that this picture – a genuine (not provided by Toyota) spy image – got no more than a shrug of the collective shoulders in the carwow office. Come on Toyota – let us see and drive the car. In full!
This is as good as it gets for now, though, so we can confirm the new Toyota Supra is identical to the wrapped car we saw months ago but – clearly, without the wrap.
The new image shows you that the 2019 Toyota Supra will get an F1/Le Man-car style front end with a front bumper that looks like a racer’s nose cone is trying push out the back of it. Stanchions at the front of the nose drop down to what looks like a Formula 1 inspired wing, while the huge vents on either side of them should provide plenty of cooling to the car’s radiators and intercoolers.
The headlights, meanwhile, consist of three bright-shining LEDs each and the vents on the outer edges of the headlights will act as breathers – helping air flow smoothly past the front wheels.
Any other highlights? Well, the double-bubble roof – designed to give you and your passenger enough headroom to wear a helmet – is present and correct and we can also report that the Supra will be available with folding wing mirrors. Handy if, for example, you ever need to fit it in a transporter – or just don’t want them to get knocked off by another careless driver when the car’s parked up.
As the picture – supplied by spy-image FaceBook page, Ferde – looks like it has been snapped by a rogue delivery driver, unfortunately, that is all the additional detail we can give you on the 2019 Toyota Supra. Bookmark this page for our full review of the Supra. Hopefully, fingers crossed, that’ll be very soon.
2019 Toyota Supra price and release date
Better still, you can now actually buy the 2019 Toyota Supra. That’s after, in early October, Toyota made it possible to reserve one of the 300 Supras coming to the UK in 2019. Prospective buyers were invited to put down a refundable £1000 deposit, while deliveries should start in January – presumably after you have paid the balance of the car’s as yet unconfirmed price. That said, you’ll probably need £50-£60,000 for the six-cylinder car and closer to £40,000 for the four-cylinder version if, as expected, they build it.
2019 Toyota Supra driving and engines
We have already seen a top-of-the-range 2019 Toyota Supra at the Goodwood FOS this year (2018) and, while it was wearing a wrap, we can report that it has a cultured six-cylinder howl marking it out from the tamer growl you’ll get from Toyota’s smaller, four-cylinder sports car – the GT86. What Goodwood also confirmed is that the Supra will drive like a sports car should.
Even on the tight hill climb, the 2019 Toyota Supra suffered from remarkably little body roll in bends and didn’t nose dive even under exceptionally hard braking. Along with an exhaust that’ll get noisier at the touch of a button, you can expect the Supra to also offer adjustable suspension that you can stiffen up to cut out lean in bends, before softening it on a long drive to take the edge off bumpy roads.
The six-cylinder 2019 Toyota Supra uses the same engine as the recently announced BMW Z4 M40i, its 3.0-litre engine produces 340hp getting the Z4 from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and returning fuel economy of 39.8mpg – expect the Supra’s figures to be broadly similar.
A four-cylinder Supra is also thought to be on the cards and it is tipped to be the pick of the 2019 Toyota Supra range. Its smaller, lighter design is said to give the car a perfect 50:50 weight balance between the front and the back of the car. That should translate into pin-sharp responses in bends and a neutral feel in corners that’ll make it very easy for you to find – and go beyond – the car’s limits.
And getting to those limits shouldn’t be an issue for you, because the four-cylinder that’s destined to find a home under the 2018 Toyota Supra’s bonnet will likely be the 252hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol that you’ll find in the outgoing 330i BMW 3 Series. The engine powers the 3 Series from 0-62mph in as little as 5.9 seconds so you can expect the same kind of performance from the Supra. It should appeal to diehard enthusiasts because it’s likely to come with a manual gearbox as standard rather than the slushy eight-speed auto that’s fitted to the six-cylinder model.
You can also expect extremely impressive fuel economy – more than 50mpg is attainable in a 3 Series fitted with the same engine and in the 2018 Toyota Supra, with its improved aerodynamics and lighter weight, you can expect that to be only be improved upon.
2018 Toyota Supra styling
The styling appears to have been toned down from the banzai Toyota FT-1 concept we saw way back in 2014, but the 2019 Toyota Supra will still be a very striking car. With a long bonnet, a double-bubble roof canopy (to leave headroom when you’re wearing a helmet) and a large sculpted duck-tail spoiler, the shape of the car looks like a classic GT coupe, hinting at its dynamic potential.
The front no longer has the F1-aping nose and vented bonnet, but it seems like the massive carbon-fibre splitter at the bottom of the bumper might still be included. It’ll have a smoother front end with more conventional looking headlights while, at the back, there will be two large exhaust pipes and perhaps a carbon-fibre rear diffuser. The lights in some of the spy shots look similar to the old Supra, with circular light elements in a sleek casing.
With the car being made under the Gazoo Racing name, there’ll be plenty of aftermarket parts available including carbon-fibre additions and tuning parts for the engine and suspension.
2018 Toyota Supra interior
Besides the usual concept touches, this could be what the 2019 Toyota Supra’s interior looks like when it makes production. The swathes of carbon-fibre seen here the FT-1 concept won’t be standard fit, although they could feature on the options list. There’ll be sporty inclusions including body-hugging bucket seats and driving mode controls on the steering wheel so you won’t have to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel.
It’s very likely that the Supra’s interior will share parts with the BMW Z4, so it could use a version of BMW’s easy-to-use iDrive software and digital dials. Nonetheless, the Supra will be more focused on performance and driving, so the interior will reflect that.
Bookmark this page for all the latest on the Toyota Supra when we get it.