With the recent world-shaking release of the Toyota GT86 (the Scion FR-S in the U.S.), sports car fans everywhere, especially the Toyota ones, have been ranting and raving about the return of the sports car to one of the world’s most renowned automotive giants. Before the GT86, Toyota’s representation in the sports car genre had seemingly died along with the cessation of the Celica, but rising from the ashes, the new coupe has once again ignited the dreams and hopes of sports car fans everywhere. Even better news is that Toyota does not plan on stopping with just one car. The plan is to release multiple sports car models within the next decade, including the revival of one of the original Toyota sports cars, the Supra.
Talk continues to buzz around Toyota’s partnership with Tesla and the introduction of the recent RAV4 EV. Tesla has become one of the most innovative electric vehicle companies in the world, regardless of what Mitt Romney has to say about it, and the partnership has brought electric vehicle engineering near the forefront of the automotive world. Rumor has it that Toyota is creating a Supra electric vehicle in tandem with Tesla, making the sports car even more advanced.
Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the GT86, has said that the potential Supra would not be produced for at least another five years, due to sports cars taking much more time to develop. “A normal passenger car about two to three years. But sports cars need special parts, so it’s five years,” Tada said.
So, all of you Toyota sports car enthusiasts out there shouldn’t hold your breath for too long, because five years is a long time to wait. However, as the saying goes, “All good things to those who wait,” and if anyone produces good things, it’s Toyota.