Toyota has confirmed that it will launch a number of variations of the new Supra and that future models will receive more grunt than the current model.
Ever since the new-age Supra launched earlier this year, there have been those praising the car’s sporting abilities and those criticizing its similarities to the new BMW Z4 on which it is based. Both are understandable points of view but during a recent interview with Autoblog, the man behind the Supra, Tetsuya Tada, said the story of the new Supra is far from over and it will likely start to become less and less like the Z4.
One concern raised by some enthusiasts is that while the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six powering the range-topping Z4 M40i pumps out 382 hp, the Supra has to ‘make do’ with 335 hp. Tada says more is coming.
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"With a sports car, the promise is to offer more performance with each additional version," he said, suggesting that one new variant of the Supra could be launched every year. Autoblog speculates that Toyota could facelift the new Supra in approximately three years and when it does, add about 50 hp to the powertrain. On paper, that would bring it in line with the Z4 M40i but in reality, likely translate to a figure in the region of 420 hp or more.
Tada failed to say what additional versions of the Supra are on the marks but we expect one of the first to launch will be a lightened, track-focused derivative with a touch more power and new parts including carbon ceramic brakes.
One version which we know is not on the cards is a Supra fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. There had been some hope that Toyota would add a stick-shift later on during the Supra’s production run but according to Tada, those customers who want a fun Toyota sports car with a manual gearbox "should choose the Toyota 86." The Supra’s relationship to the Supra also means it is unlikely Toyota will offer a convertible version of its new range-topping sports car.