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Report: Toyota's Supra Replacement To Go Hybrid For 2011 Launch


The next Supra could be based on the 2007 Toyota FT-HS Concept

The next Supra could be based on the 2007 Toyota FT-HS Concept

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Rumors of the return of the Toyota Supra bubble to the surface almost every year. How could they not? The Supra is and was an iconic car for a whole generation of enthusiasts, and nothing in Toyota's current lineup fills that same void.

This time, however, the talk is taking shape to lead to a real vehicle: a hybrid Supra similar to the FT-HS Concept shown in 2007. Due for release in 2011, the new Supra could see a 3.5-liter V-6 powerplant borrowed from the Lexus GS 450h paired with the hybrid system from the Japanese-market Toyota Crown, according to 7tune.

The engine alone would only be rated in the neighborhood of 268 horsepower, but combined with the hybrid motor's output, total power could top 400 horsepower. All you hybrid-haters need not despair quite yet, however, as Toyota is also thought to be working on a 'sport' version of the Supra that will dispense with the electronic bits and go all-engine.

So if it's due in 2011, when will we start seeing prototypes and spy shots? Likely sometime after it makes its debut in closer-to-production trim at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall.

[7tune]

 
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  1. If Toyota would just enclosed all four wheel wells, put a belly pan on it, smooth it out and add a boat tail on the back, this car would have a higher top speed, would get better mileage, and would accelerate quicker. Yet they produce this 'styled' unaerodynamic mess! We can no longer afford to spend 50% of our oil import bill just to move the air out of the way of silly styled yet unaerodynamic air anchors like this silly thing! MUST the tire and wheels show? Show the muffler why don't you? Or the engine? Make cars aerodynamic, Toyota!
     
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