All things considered, we think the new Supra looks pretty good. Sure, it's not jaw-dropping like the FT-1 Concept, but anyone with the faintest idea of how the industry works should know that (almost) no production vehicle looks as good as the concept that previewed it.
If Toyota wanted to, it could have turned the Supra into a fully-fledged supercar catering to the very rich, but that is obviously Lexus territory.
However, what if it did? How would a Supra supercar look?
This rendering from Rain Prisk shows exactly how the Supra could look if it was built as a mid-engined supercar. And it looks good.
Prisk designed their mid-engined Supra by simply shuffling around the body panels of the Supra and changing some of them a bit. The result is a vehicle with a low and aggressive nose, a short hood, a sleek roofline, and a stunning decklid where the powertrain would be held. It has similar proportions to the Honda NSX and, to our eyes, looks nearly as sharp.
While the fifth-generation Supra is bound to evolve in the coming years, it will never morph into a mid-engined supercar.
Remember that statement about Lexus owning the hyper expensive supercar niche? Well, it’s not entirely true.
In fact, Toyota has already confirmed that it will build a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid prototype, previewed last year as the GR Super Sport concept. A variant of this vehicle could compete in the new LMP-1-replacing Le Mans hypercar class and shows just how committed Toyota is to performance vehicles. But, for the Supra, they’ll probably stick to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Which, in our books, is just great.