The next Supra could be based on the 2007 Toyota FT-HS ConceptEnlarge Photo
Toyota Supra and MR2 fans rejoice! A new generation of those popular sports cars is currently being developed but as time and technology have progressed, so has the philosophy of the sports car--at least it has within Toyota.
According to a new report, successors for the Supra and MR2 will be launched within the next four years, and both will be hybrid.
Scheduled for release sometime in 2013, Toyota’s new sports cars were being developed under the guidance of the company’s chief test driver Hiromu Naruse. However, Naruse’s sudden death in a car crash in Germany means release dates could be pushed back.
Nevertheless, the cars are coming and will join the production version of the FT-86 concept in Toyota’s new lineup.
The MR2 successor is expected to feature a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid system and retain the MR2’s mid-engine layout. The Supra, meanwhile, will take off where 2007’s FT-HS concept car left off. It will come with a V-6 engine mated to a hybrid system and keep a conventional front engine, rear drive layout.
We’ll keep you posted as news on the hybrid sports cars develops.