Rumour: Next-Generation Toyota Supra To Become An Electric Sportscar
For years, car enthusiasts have been eagerly speculating about the future of the iconic Toyota Supra. Now, the latest buzz out of Japan suggests that the sports car may be going electric and could arrive in showrooms as early as 2026.
But before that happens, an even more hardcore performance variant may be built to send off the gasoline engine with a bang. Both rumors come from Japan’s Best Car magazine. They say the ultimate ICE Supra may have as much as 542 horsepower, which would be a significant step up from the current 382 for the 3.0-liter turbo six. That comports with the output of the same engine in the BMW M3 CS and M4 CSL.
It would seem Toyota has already made up its mind about replacing the Z4-based Supra with a next-gen model. However, many pieces of the puzzle are missing as we don’t even know where it’ll be built. As a reminder, the current model is assembled in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr, which also assembles the equivalent BMW. The soft-top Bavarian roadster is believed to retire in 2025 with no direct successor planned.
Its rumored replacement, the sixth-generation Supra is said to retain the current model’s rear-wheel drive layout and that could be based on an updated version of the automaker’s e-TNGA architecture. No other significant details were revealed just yet, though. Toyota also has yet to confirm any of these, so take this information with a pinch of salt.