Back in June, we learned some distressing news about Toyota’s new Supra — or least we thought we did. At the beginning of the summer, all signs seemed to be pointing toward the next incarnation of the legendary performance car would have a hybrid drivetrain option, and in a disappointing twist, no manual transmission.
But for enthusiasts, the latest information is far more encouraging.
Now, it’s important to note that nothing has been confirmed yet, but our friends over at Motor Authority are now citing a Toyota insider who says that not only will a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 be on the menu, but fans of rowing their own will also be able to pair it with a proper stick shift. This would be much more in line with the history of the model, which famously got its motivation from the company’s outrageously tuner-friendly 2JZ straight-six engine.
By today’s standards, power levels were relatively modest, with top-of-the-line models producing around 320 horsepower, but once the cars were in the hands of their gearhead fans, all bets were off. Thanks to a bulletproof bottom end, it’s not unusual to find modified examples pumping out anywhere from 800 to 1000 ponies, which allowed these super Supras to embarrass exotics costing exponentially more money.
At this point, rumors say the new Supra should make a little over 400 horsepower in stock form, and will likely also have an all-wheel drive option. Previous generations were strictly rear-wheel drive, and we’re thinking that any all-wheel drive variants will be outrageously quick in the quarter mile. And since the sheet metal is rumored to be derived from the drop-dead-gorgeous FT-1 concept Toyota pulled the wraps off in 2014, it’ll look great doing it. We had the privilege of seeing this baby at a couple of different events over the years, and can attest that it’s a phenomenal piece of design work, which we simply can’t wait to see out in the wild.
Exactly when the new Supra will arrive at your AutoNation Toyota dealer isn’t known at this point, though the smart money says we’ll see it on the lots late sometime next year. Of course, we’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for news, so stay tuned.