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Here's a look at the new Toyota Supra prototype making its world debut

The development model was seen in action on the hill course.

Image: Jayson Fong - Form&Function Int'l

THE NEW TOYOTA Supra, one of the most hotly anticipated new sports cars of the year, made its international debut in prototype form at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month.

The prototype was driven up the hill course by two of the people leading its development: Chief Engineer Testuya Tada, who has overall responsibility for the Supra project, and Master Driver Herwig Daenens. The prototype sported camouflage in the black, red and white colours of Toyota Gazoo Racing in tribute to the Toyota TS050 which delivered the Japanese giant’s first Le Mans win last month.

The new Toyota Supra was announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March and Toyota has confirmed that the model will be faithful to its distinguished heritage as a pure, sports car thoroughbred by using a front-mounted, in-line six-cylinder petrol engine and rear-wheel drive.

Source: Jayson Fong

The Toyota Supra was first launched in 1978 as a rival to the Nissan Z-car. This first Supra was a Celica stretched by about 13cm so a straight-six petrol engine would fit under the bonnet.

In 1993, the fourth-generation Supra, or MKIV to car enthusiasts, became a more performance-focused machine with the 326hp supercar-baiting Supra Turbo. This new model, the first Supra since 1996, promises to beat that…

Source: Toyota Media

Toyota expects its new Toyota Supra to reach the market during the first half of 2019.

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