Toyota tooks its new Supra to the Nurburgring to see how it would perform on the track.
At this point, the anticipation might literally kill us; the arrival of the 2018 Toyota Supra can’t come soon enough. With plenty of teasers – whether it be the exceedingly handsome FT-1 or some vague spy shots — it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the new Supra is finally here.
Further building up the hype train, the sports car was spotted on the Nurburgring, putting its track skills to the test. From what we can tell, it remains relatively untouched from the spy shots and videos we’ve seen previously. The rear haunches and profile show off a strikingly similar style to the FT-1 concept, but new features like rounded taillights and fixed rear wing keep us speculating as to the final design.
Under the hood is reportedly either a BMW-sourced inline-six cylinder engine, or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine aided by a pair of BMW electric motors. You might remember the project is being jointly developed with the German marque in co-development of the new Z5. Expected output is anywhere between 350-400 horsepower (260-298 kilowatts).
The new Supra doesn’t sound like the loudest car on the ‘Ring — though it's hard to hear anything over that tire squealing. What we can tell from the video, though, is that the car looks pretty well balanced, and is able to take corners at a decent clip as well as accelerate pretty quickly on the straights.
The new Toyota Supra is expected to make its official debut sometime next year, and go on sale for the 2018 model year. Though there's no word on pricing just yet, Toyota is touting it as its new halo flagship, so six figures won't be out of the realm of possibility.
All in all, the new Supra looks like a car that will be well worth the wait (we hope).