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If This Is The New Supra, I’m Not Impressed

Jalopnik released their best guess on what the mk V Toyota Supra might look like (original render can be found here). They used spy shots and insider knowledge to come up with their best possible guess. Jalopnik has a history of this, they correctly predicted what the C7 Corvette would look like. So when they come out with a render it is worth taking a close look at. Which brings me to the render in question. If this is the new Supra I am massively disappointed.

If the render is correct, this looks like it was designed 10+ years ago. Where is the inspired design that was in the FT-1 concept? This looks lazy, cheap, mismatched and just plain awful. What exactly was the point of teasing all of us with the amazing FT-1 only to give us this lump? If this turns out to actually be the next Supra, I fail to see what took so long. Honestly, It looks like it was designed in 15 min over a coffee break. Supras have always been ahead of the curve. Look at the Mk IV, that looks like it could be a new car today, let alone a design from 20+ years ago.

toyota FT-1 rolling
Look at this! This is what the new Supra should look like. Not like some person from the 80’s interpretation of what a sports car should look like in the year 2016.

Now consider the Supra’s main competition. The R35 is far from my favorite looking car but at least it looks like it is from this century. Not to mention the R36 is coming soon. The new NSX just might be the best looking car to come out of Japan, EVER. So Toyota had big task in front of them and we were all fooled into thinking they just might use some of the FT-1’s design cues. I really hope this isn’t what the Mk V Supra ends up looking like. Couple that with the fact that the rumored power plant is a turbocharged Lexus V6 and it feels like Toyota is going out of its way to alienate all the people who have been clamoring for a new Supra for years.

Yes, a V6, and yes I take the exception to that. The Mk IV was a legend because of its engine. The 2JZ is the Supra. Manufacturers like to stick with successful recipes. Porsche and their rear engine flat 6’s. Subaru and their Flat everything. Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, Challenger stick with V8’s. (yes they offer other engines, but do you want anything other than a V8 in your muscle car? No, so let’s move on) Supras are Straight 6’s, not just the 2JZ, but the 1JZ and 7M engines, all straight 6’s, all in Supras. I know, call me old-fashioned, afraid of progress but if you are going to use a classic name you need to at least keep some of the old heritage.


I could go on and on, but at some point my words would devolve into semi-psychotic barely coherent angry grunting. Yes, these are only renders, only a very educated guess. But someone needs to speak out before Toyota gets the bright idea to put this thing into production. All is not lost though. If you want a true to form, brand new Supra help is at hand. You start with a FRS or GT-86 or whatever they call it on your side of the ocean. Rip out that puny, torqueless Subaru engine and throw in a 2JZ, job done.


Source: Jalopnik


About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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One comment

  1. Chad Kennedy don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel! While I agree *IF* the new Toyota Supra follows the artist rendering that appears in your article it is going to be understated, it is far from the Automotive Hemorrhoid your article makes it out to be. Plus, to rant that a turbo charged version of the Lexus V6 engine is a bad choice is totally disregarding the current trend of placing High Performance V6’s in many of the finest performance vehicles on the market. The Nissan GT-R utilizes a V-6 to obtain 600 HP, a 2.9 second 0-60 mph speed! Equiped with it’s V-6 the 2017 GT-R Nismo obtains a supercar speed of 200 mph. The New Ford GT is proving that the combination of lighter weight and a dual turbocharged V6 is a formula to not only increase speed, but also it is a winner in the endurance arena, where ever the GT, with it’s Ecoboost is raced it has taken over the podium, winning in almost every race it is entered in! Yes, I may be from the era of the original Supra, however, I am also old enough to know that it is most often best to hold off slamming a vehicle in a review until it is released. I especially hold off reviews until I have the opportunity to put the rubber to the road. The words I then write are based on hands-on knowledge and there will never be the need to list the reasons my first uneducated review should be ignored.

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