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.
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.