This is the new Toyota Supra - hiding under wings and arches

  • This is the new Toyota Supra - hiding under wings and arches

This is the new Toyota Supra - hiding under wings and arches

It does, however, revive the iconic name for the first time in 16 years while "demonstrating Toyota's commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market".

The GR Supra Racing Concept sports a classically proportioned cab-rear, long bonnet silhouette that pays homage to the last-generation JZA80 Supra, while also introducing a distinctive ducktail and double-bubble roof.

The Toyota Supra has been an icon, a legend, a cult - evoking emotions that only a few cars have managed to bring out in the century-old history of automobiles.

All of these details are somewhat moot, of course, given that this is just a concept - albeit one clearly very heavily influenced by the upcoming production vehicle. Both cars have been spotted testing in camouflage, and BMW has already shown a Z4 concept. It's a front-engined rear-wheel drive racer which shares much of the styling expected from the road auto, but makes extensive use of an unidentified "lightweight composite material" for many of its parts. Previous generations of the Supra were the A40, A60, A70, and A80. As with Supras past, this one sports a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, but there's a dose of 21st-century in its style and its use of lightweight materials. Toyota continued to sell the Supra in its home country of Japan until 2002, though eventually discontinuing the coupe due to a sales decline. On the inside, there's an OMP-supplied driver's seat, quick-release steering, full roll cage, among other racecar bits.

The logic behind releasing a racing concept before the production version stems from the firm's belief that competing in motorsport can directly help make better road cars.

The suspension has been lowered, while the braking and wheels have been upgraded to racing standards. The doors are lined with carbon fibre panels and it gets a racing display instead of the usual instrument clusters.

According to rumours, the vehicle could receive a turbocharged, 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, which is already found in new Lexus products, and could produce about 340 horsepower. And yet there's still no official reveal in sight.