First seen at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the Toyota FT-1 set the Internet ablaze with conjecture that Toyota were looking to bring back the Supra hero car.
The styling was a tasty mix of Toyota’s greatest hits, including the 2000GT, fourth-generation Supra, the mid-engined MR-2, and the older 2007 FT-HS concept car.
Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyoda, gave approval to build the car as a halo flagship sports car for the whole brand, which must have been an easy decision given the FT-1 is one of the best-looking cars in Japanese automotive manufacturing history.
Making it production-ready, however, took a further five years and involved sharing development with BMW. The FT-1 is actually based around BMW’s CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform, shared with the German marque’s G29-series Z4 sports car, though Toyota has been solely responsible for the R&D work on the FT-1.
Powered by two different turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines (140kW or 190kW), or a turbo 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder producing 250kW, all motors are coupled to an eight-speed automatic.
Toyota showed off the production FT-1 in January 2019 at the North American International Auto Show, officially named as the fifth-generation Supra. Toyota Australia has already confirmed the new A90-series Supra will go on-sale Down Under in the second-half of 2019, though the Japanese manufacturer has been painfully tight-lipped regarding local prices.
They have confirmed the Supra will be positioned as a premium offering positioned above the 86, leading to much speculation the Supra will start near $50,000 or $60,000, and potentially cost up to $100,000 depending on the trim level.
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