Spied: 2019 Toyota Supra [Updated]by Byron Hurd
Toyota's new halo sports coupe breaks cover.
Update: Now includes interior pics.
Spies caught the 2019 Toyota Supra testing in the wild today, giving us an early glimpse at the production lines of the brand's new halo performance car.
The new Supra is part of a sports car platform joint venture between Toyota and BMW. The chassis is expected to underpin BMW's new roadster (the successor to the now-discontinued Z4) which has been spotted on the road previously, though our spies note that this is the first time we've seen any derivative of this platform with a fixed roof.
This mule is heavily camouflaged but we can see some elements of the car's overall styling. In profile, for example, we can see elements of the fourth-generation Supra shining through, especially in the hood-to-cabin proportions--a relief for Supra enthusiasts, we're certain.
The duck-tailed rear end from the FT-1 concept also seems to have been pulled over for production. While the rear taper of the greenhouse may not be quite as aggressive, this still bodes well for seeing elements of the FT-1's sexy design carry over to the production model.
It's hard to say exactly what is happening up front. The FT-1's almost Alfa-like nose may be hidden under there somewhere, but the eye can't help but be drawn too the platypus-like beak that appears here on the tester. Any number of things could explain it (a strange fluke of the camo, pre-production bodywork, etc.), but it's something we'll have to keep an eye on as it inches closer to its showroom-ready shape.
Our spies also caught a glimpse of the interior. There's not a ton to see through the driver's side window, but the interior seems to prompt as many questions as it answers. For starters, the center stack controls look to be a bit BMW-ish. Whether that's because the final interiors will be similar or the Supra is simply using components from BMW's roadster twin is anybody's guess at this point.
As was the case with Toyota and Subaru's cooperative arrangement with the 86 (née FR-S) and BRZ, we expect elements of Toyota's and BMW's expertise to shine through once the production Supra hits showrooms.
On the performance front, we expect the new Supra will come in both traditional gasoline-powered and hybrid variants, with the former likely sporting turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines. The six is expected to make its debut in the new Lexus LS executive sedan as early as next year.
Keep it here for more information as we get closer to the new Supra's official introduction.