Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota , Tesla , Electric Rumors of a revival of the Toyota Supra and MR2 have been swirling for years right up until just this week when high-level Toyota employees all but confirmed their return. But now The Detroit Bureau has put together news from different sources suggesting that the next Supra might be all electric. The report cites recent comments from Toyota senior executives hinting at plans to work with Tesla on a new joint project. The FT-HS Concept (shown above) seems a logical inspiration for a new Supra. And on the other side of the equation is Tesla’s design chief Franz von Holzhausen who was quoted last year saying his company was looking at its next project, probably a sports car, that would follow next year’s intro of the Model X . He went on to suggest the car would compete directly with BMW’s 3 Series , which, in coupe form, could be a worthy competitor to a Supra as well. Such a sporty, up-market car could easily take advantage of the Model S platform while the electric drivetrain would fit with what Toyota’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada says is an effort to balance a green image with products that offer “driving fun.” Last week , Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company was already working on “a few other variants of the Model S” that would be “pretty exciting.” Toyota’s Tada says there’s no target date for introduction of either a Supra or MR2, but he would expect development to take up to five years to engineer the pair and for the Supra to take priority over the MR2. Supra successor may be all-electric sourced from Tesla; MR2 returning too? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota Every sighting of a MkIV Toyota Supra compels a wistful pause and the rhetorical query, “Ah, Toyota … what happened?” The FT-HS concept has been adorning auto show plinths since 2007, taking rumblings of a Supra successor everywhere it went. Last December, four years of hoping out loud led to Motor Trend reporting a Supra return with a 3.5-liter V6, perhaps to be ready in 2015. For any chance of that happening, the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S needed to do well. Seven months later Toyota’s little 300-horsepower coupe is still accelerating enthusiast hearts, and in May of this year MT added hybrid mechanicals, 400 horsepower, a CVT from the Lexus RX and a $60,000 price to its earlier report of a Supra redux. A new report in Asia One doesn’t divulge details, but does make it appear that a new Supra is inevitable: at a European event for the FR-S, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said, “The president (Akio Toyoda) has asked me to make a successor to the Supra as soon as possible.” This could be revisionist history, but the larger plan according to Tada has been that the GT 86/FR-S is the middle child in Toyota’s sports car strategy, with a lower-tier entry like a new MR2 and an upper-tier entry like the Supra on the company’s mind since the beginning. According to the engineer, reasoning for the sports car push is that Toyota needs to add “driving fun” to its green-car credentials, and it needs to create a stronger bond with buyers that continues beyond the dealership. Tada said both new sports cars would take at least five years to develop and Asia One predicts that the Supra (or whatever it’s eventually called) will come first, but Tada gave no indication of where it stands in the development process and he doesn’t know when they’ll be ready. We’re of the opinion that tomorrow isn’t too soon. Toyota planning Supra, MR2 successors within five years?
Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Safety , Videos , Toyota There are plenty of dangers to contend with at a track day . High speeds, inexperienced drivers, faulty equipment and foul weather can all play havoc on an otherwise friendly fender-to-fender weekend. We can now add carbon monoxide poisoning to the list of potential threats. One Finnish Toyota MR2 owner took his machine out for a quick sprint at Ahvenisto just outside of Hameenlinna. After a few minutes behind the wheel, the driver begins struggling to keep control of his car, eventually spinning into the infield. He maneuvers back on track and pulls off, and it isn’t long before he blacks out entirely. Later, he would have no recollection of anything after the car hit the grass. He stays unconscious for nearly 11 minutes before rescue workers resort to smashing his passenger window to gain access. By the time he receives medical attention, his blood was packed with 67 percent carbon monoxide. Any longer in the vehicle’s cabin and the day very well could have been his last.
Filed under: Classics , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Auctions , Toyota We have no qualms admitting that we miss the first-generation Toyota MR2 . The spry little mid-engined racer was proof that you didn’t need a summer house on the cape to enjoy a perfectly balanced, lightweight sports car. Of course, with its accessible price tag, it’s no surprise that very few MR2 models survived without encountering substantial neglect or abuse. That’s what makes this supercharged, 1989 gem particularly attractive. With a shave under 22,000 miles on the odometer, all of the factory paperwork and accessories, this machine is bone stock as close to mint as you’re likely to find in the wild. The seller is the original owner and says that he’s sending the MR2 on its way because he’s focusing his efforts on maintaining a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that he also bought new. Different strokes for different folks, we guess. If you’ve got $20,000 lying around with nothing better to do, you can pick up the the 1989 Toyota MR2 in South Windsor, Connecticut at its Buy It Now price, or you can just bid in hopes you meet the reserve. Head over to eBay Motors for more information. eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged is minty fresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST.