The long-awaited fifth-generation Supra is beginning to take shape. Toyota revealed the concept car at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in March. While they were there, they revealed a bit more about the new Supra street model. Many of the details about this newly-designed Supra are still unknown, but more is being revealed as the 2019 release date begins to come into view. Based on what we know so far, this new Supra will not disappoint its patient fans. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the all-new Toyota Supra.
Will the new Supra be a front-wheel drive car?
This is one detail about the 2019 Supra that we do know. It will be a rear-wheel drive car. There won't be a FWD option available.
Is the 2019 Supra going to have room for four?
No. The new Supra will only be a two-seater.
Did BMW help develop the new Supra?
The new Toyota Supra is a collaborative project that is being co-produced with BMW. They have been working together on the redesigned Supra since 2012, so it has been a long, drawn-out project. Hopefully, it will be well worth the wait.
Will the 2019 Supra look like a BMW or a Toyota?
Based on Supra test mule sightings and the GR Supra Racing concept car, the new Supra will still look very much like a Toyota. In fact, it looks surprisingly similar to the fourth generation Supra JZA80 that was last produced in 2002. The most noticeable changes for the new Supra are a double-bubble roof, deeply sculpted sides and a prominently-framed three-section grille up front. The new Supra is also 5.4 inches shorter, 1.7 inches wider and 0.6 inches taller than the old version.
Will the 2019 Toyota Supra be fuel efficient?
There has been absolutely no information revealed about fuel efficiency for the new Supra. Based on Toyota's strong reputation for building fuel-efficient cars and BMW's concerted efforts in that same direction, it would be reasonable to expect the new Supra to get at least okay mpg ratings. The new Supra isn't being built with the average daily commuter in mind, though. Taking all of this into consideration, it seems safe to speculate that the 2019 Supra might get somewhere in the low to mid- 20 mpg range in the city and low to mid- 30 mpg range on the highway.
Will there be a Supra hybrid?
No, there isn't a hybrid variant in the works for the Supra at this time. This is one thing that has actually been confirmed. It is important to note here, though, that the possibility of a future Supra hybrid has not been denied.
Has Toyota announced what type of engine will be in the new Supra?
Engine details have not been officially announced, as such. According to the March 2018 issue of Japan's Best Car Magazine, though, the 2019 Supra will come with a 3.0-L turbocharged inline-six engine that makes 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Another 37 lb-ft of torque will be available through the turbo overboost feature.
Is the new Supra really only going to be available with an automatic transmission?
It was believed that the Supra would only be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The possibility of a manual option isn't completely out of the question, though. It might be an available option.
Will the 2019 Supra be tunable like the last model?
It does appear, through a happy accident, that the all-new Supra will, in fact, be tunable. The redesigned Supra might not be quite as tunable as the older model, but it will be built to withstand a four-figure horsepower output. It has also been confirmed that the Supra will not be equipped with brake-based torque vectoring. The new model will actually have an active rear differential. It will also have a low center of gravity and 50/50 weight distribution.
Has Toyota announced what kind of infotainment system will be in the new Supra?
There has been no indication whatsoever what will be included in the Supra's infotainment system. It will most likely come with some version of Toyota's Entune system, possibly the 3.0 with a 7-inch touchscreen. It will probably include Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity and maybe a Wi-Fi hotspot. At this point, however, that is pure speculation based on the infotainment systems Toyota is putting in their other 2019 vehicles.
How much will the new Toyota Supra cost?
MSRP for the 2019 Supra has not yet been revealed. Current speculation is that the base price will be right around $40,000. It will not be a cheap little starter car for junior to cut his teeth on.
Will the new Supra be in dealerships in 2018?
The 2019 Supra is currently not scheduled to be in showrooms until early 2019.