Something Supra-shaped is definitely being prepped for a dramatic reveal at the Geneva auto show in a matter of days, judging by a video leaked from the show floor. And it just so happens that it’s not the only glimpse of something Supra-shaped that’s leaked out recently.
In addition to a peek at the lower bodywork, fans of the once-popular Toyota GT car received a report of the expected specs via Japan’s Best Car magazine. According to the publication, the Supra will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine producing 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 0-60-mph time was also mentioned: 3.8 seconds.
That’s a number expected to be achieved with an eight-speed automatic transmission — a manual is not in the cards for now — which is a bit of data that some fans of fast Toyotas may find surprising. But with reported launch times that quick, we’re not sure many will complain, even if the Supra drops its street-racer image in favor of something a little more luxury GT, as with its upcoming BMW twin. Moreover, the Supra is expected to be available as a two-door hardtop only, in contrast to the BMW Z4 that will be offered in hardtop and soft-top form.
A few more numbers have trickled out: The Supra is expected to measure 172.4 inches long, making it shorter than the old Supra, and will tip the scales at 3,284 pounds. As a number of publications have pointed out, this will make it about the size and shape of the Porsche 718 Cayman, albeit a little wider. No doubt that’s the car Toyota is aiming to upstage in the marketplace.
Take these leaked numbers with a few pinches of organic iodized salt and note there’s no guarantee that Toyota will publish the production figures even in Geneva, as they may not be ready yet.
The Supra (if that will be its real name) is expected to be revealed in concept form in Geneva and is expected to launch as a 2019 model — that means a likely production debut later this year.