Legendary sports auto returns as concept vehicle — Toyota Supra revived

The Geneva show car hides the much-anticipated new production car behind GT3-esque styling and race tweaks

The Geneva show car hides the much-anticipated new production car behind GT3-esque styling and race tweaks

But it is a Gazoo Racing Supra Concept that confirms Toyota's commitment to reviving its most "celebrated sports car"; the doyen of the Nineties tuning scene and a name synonymous with that movie franchise and many, many gearchanges. Its new vehicle development program has produced the Yaris GRMN performance hatchback, the latest in a successful series of performance-focused GR-branded cars and the first GRMN model to be developed and built in Europe.

Toyota has launched a new GR Supra Racing Concept, previews the new Supra model due in 2019, at the Geneva motor show. It continues with the front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout.

This is it. The Toyota Supra has finally broken cover. We do know emphasis was on using lightweight materials, hence why the windscreen and the side windows are made from plastic.

Things get exciting even further with the presence of BBS racing wheels, Michelin racing tyres, Brembo Racing callipers and discs, race exhaust, a large rear wing, lowered suspension, etc. It's all about transfer of technology, something that Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda firmly believed in.

There is a racing display on the dash and carbon fiber decorates the door panels.

As stated, many industry watchers expected a production Supra to be shown in Geneva, not a concept. Competition safety requirements are met by a full roll cage and fire extinguishers, and the fuel and brake lines, pedal box, battery and wiring looms are all created to competition standard. In its Geneva news release, Toyota does not comment on when a production Supra will arrive in market, nor does a US spokesman.

Which means that when the fifth generation Toyota Supra finally arrives - a sports auto built in collaboration with BMW, for the new Z4 - it'll be something quite punchy.

After debuting in 1979, the Supra was discontinued in the U.S.in 1998. The vehicle's best sales year was 1982, when 34,461 were sold.

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