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Toyota teases new sports car from its iconic Supra line

By Paul Connolly

This is the teaser image that has the motoring world speculating on the return of a Toyota legend.

There have been increasing reports that Toyota is reprising its historic Supra brand this year after 15 years of absence.

A series of leaks to trade magazines suggested Toyota is developing a sports car along with BMW, using the same production line as that used for the successor to the BMW Z4.

This week Toyota issued this teaser image of the new car, which appears to confirm the ‘Return of the Supra’ reports, although no name for the new car was given.

Very few details were issued, with a press release sent out under the heading: The Legend Returns.

All the press release said was: “At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, a modern racing concept will signal Toyota’s commitment to bringing its most iconic sports car back to the market.

“Join Toyota’s press conference on 6 March, at 9:45am in Hall 4 at Palexpo”. (Palexpo is a convention centre in Geneva.)

The Toyota Supra was a sports car/grand tourer made by Toyota between 1978 and 2002.

Its styling was derived from the well-known Celica coupe, and it was originally known as the Toyota Celica Supra but the Celica bit was soon dropped.

So internationally recognised did the Supra become that it has appeared in numerous video games and movies, including Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Need for Speed, and The Fast and the Furious series.

In 2016, a trademark application using the Supra name was filed with the EU Intellectual Property Office.

Since then there have been a variety of reports about the Supra’s rebirth as a thoroughly modern sports car.

Trade mag reports in Autocar and Auto Express indicated the car will sell under Toyota official rally brand: Gazoo Racing.

It has been said the car will probably have an all-wheel-drive hybrid system, and that there will be four tuned models: Supra, Supra GR, Supra GR Sport and Supra GRMN.

The Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung reported that the new jointly-developed Supra will be produced at a Magna Steyr facility near Graz, Austria, along with the BMW Z4's successor.

This means the new Z4 and the Supra will share a variety of elements that might include underpinnings, chassis and so forth.

It is unclear whether the car unveiled next month at Geneva will be an actual production car or an advanced concept. But it will certainly be a Supra.

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