After years of spy pictures, concepts and teasers, Toyota has confirmed the return of the Supra nameplate with the unveiling of its new racing concept at the Geneva motor show. The new, fifth-generation Supra revives the legendary after a 16-year hiatus, marking another move from Toyota into the world of sports cars.

The Supra shares underpinnings and powertrains with the upcoming new BMW Z4, allowing the two companies to split the cost of engineering and validation. This collaboration has allowed both companies to develop sports cars which, in normal circumstances, mightn’t have been financially viable.

The motorsport-inspired Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is clearly not an exact representation of the production model, but it represents a strong indication of how the new rear-drive, front-engined sports car will look. Toyota says the Supra will be a performance car for road and track, suggesting its BMW-derived engine lineup – which will likely include four and six-cylinder turbo options – will produce enough grunt to exploit the chassis underneath.

The large “90” number on the concept’s doors is Toyota’s way making this the fifth-generation Supra, following the A40, A60, A70 and A80 model lines produced between 1978 and 2002. Confirmation of the Supra is great news for Toyota Australia, which has seen local success with the 86.

Local vice-president for sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, highlighted Toyota’s recent push to more closely link its racing and road-car programs. “Revealing a racing concept ahead of a production model highlights that motorsport is Toyota’s proving ground of choice for high-performance vehicles,” Hanley said. “The GR Supra Racing Concept makes it clear Toyota is developing the Supra to be a true driver’s car.” “Supra is one of the most beloved Toyota cars of all time and its nameplate continues to command enormous respect,” he continued. Read more from…

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