Supra Successor to Remain Rear-Drive, Could Lose Supra Nameplate

Jeff Perez

If the latest rumors are any indication- a new Toyota Supra could be on the horizon– soon. Ranging from reports of a shared Lexus platform, to a 500-hp hybrid powertrain, and now, the news that many enthusiasts have been waiting for: rear-wheel-drive.

Sitting down with, Toyota GT 86 chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, said that the new model would in fact remain rear-wheel drive, and the car’s main focus was on “fun,” rather than chasing Nurburgring lap times like the Nissan GT-R.

“The GT-R is a car that is clearly focussed on speed, on lap times. We don’t want to chase the same direction,” stated Tada. “Toyota’s philosophy is always [one of] fun. Fun is more important to the driver, and I’d prefer the driver to sense that enjoyment than [focus on] lap time.”

Toyota FT-HS Concept

Continuing on, Tada said that the Supra nameplate was only but a “candidate” in a long line of possible nameplates for the upcoming new sportscar.

We don’t expect any official word regarding the Supra successor to break prior to next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but wait for further news to be a littler clearer near the end of the year.

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