February 10, 2014
Entry-level sports coupe could cost around $16,000 USD
It seems the Toyota FT-1, revealed in Detroit, isn’t bound to the world of concept cars for long. Motoring.com.au is reporting the Toyota concept sports car is definitely headed to production with the Supra nameplate and could get a very interesting powertrain.
Citing inside sources, the Australian outlet says a Supra is in development and could cost “under $100,000 (AUD)”. The base model would get a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine shared with the upcoming Lexus NX while a top-trim version of the Supra would receive an electrically-assisted 2.5-litre six-cylinder with an output of over 400 hp. It’s also said to be equipped with an LFA-style rear transaxle.
The new Supra will be derived from the FT-1 concept but will be much softer in its appearance. It’s being developed by a new sports car division within Toyota headed by Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the Toyota FT86/Scion FR-S.
Toyota isn’t just focused on the top-end of the sports car ladder. The publication is also reporting Toyota is working on a “sub-86″ sports car that could see a sticker price of around $16,000 USD.
This new, yet unnamed model could receive a hybrid setup mated to a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine. It’s unknown if the speculated powertrain would send motivation to the front or rear wheels.