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2019 Toyota Supra made dynamic debut at Goodwood

evo staff
6 Jul 2018

Disguised prototype teased crowds on the Festival of Speed hill climb

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Page 1 of 22019 Toyota Supra made dynamic debut at Goodwood

The all-new Toyota Supra’s excruciatingly long gestation period is nearly over. But before we see one of the year’s most eagerly awaited new performance cars in full, Toyota took it to the Goodwood hill climb at this year’s Festival of Speed for its dynamic debut.

Although still covered in a body-disguising wrap, this was the first time we have seen a late full-body prototype in the metal, giving us all a better idea of what to expect when the car is finally revealed later in the year. In addition to this, one of our readers, Johnny Daly, sent in shots of a similar late-body prototype undergoing testing right here in the UK, giving us yet more insight into what the new sports coupe will look like.

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Look beyond the swirly wrap and you’ll see that the expressive, dramatic bodywork first shown on the Toyota FT-1 Concept, and later the GR Supra Racing Concept, has remained mostly intact. While the Supra is paired in development with the new BMW Z4, Toyota has assured us that the differences between the two cars will be significantly more dramatic than the results of the GT86/BRZ project from 2012, amounting to not only different exterior styling and interiors, but also a more dynamically focused ethos for the Supra in comparison to the more laid-back BMW.

One thing that the two models will share is their basic drivetrains. The Supra is expected to exclusively use a turbocharged 3-litre straight-six engine, powering the rear wheels through an automatic gearbox, while the BMW will also be offered with four-cylinder engines and a manual option. The Toyota’s automatic gearbox is likely to be the same eight-speed ZF unit used by BMW, which is no bad thing.

It’s also expected that the Supra will be badged exclusively as a Gazoo Racing product, with the flagship model at launch producing 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque. Thanks to a leaked document, we can also tell you that the Supra will weigh in at around 1500kg and reach 62mph in under four seconds, but these figures have yet to be substantiated – and that acceleration claim certainly sounds like a stretch to us given the power and weight figures.

Although we’ll still have to wait to see the finished car, the Supra’s dynamic debut at Goodwood should give fans a good idea of what the new car’s straight-six engine will sound like, not to mention see the model in context with rivals from Porsche and BMW. Toyota’s marketing machine isn’t stopping there, either, as the Supra is replacing the Camry (which is returning to the UK, incidentally) as the company’s NASCAR entry. Toyota certainly isn’t holding back with its new sports coupe. Now all it needs to do is finally put it on sale.

Page 1 of 22019 Toyota Supra made dynamic debut at Goodwood

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