Toyota Supra GR Racing Concept Bows

The Geneva show car hides the much-anticipated new production car behind GT3-esque styling and race tweaks

Announced with the reveal of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept, the iconic Toyota Supra will return as a front-engine, rear-drive auto for the road.

Toyota has pulled the covers off of the GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, suggesting that the iconic nameplate is set to return on the production version of the manufacturer's forthcoming sports vehicle.

To say fans have been anxiously waiting for a new Toyota Supra would be a major understatement - the simple fact that the Supra name is back in the news is sensational.

The racing concept has plenty of performance-related bodywork on show, including wide front and rear bumpers and a large rear wing.

Developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing, the worldwide umbrella organization for Toyota's global sporting program, the GR Supra Racing Concept will also be featured in a new update to the Gran Turismo Sport video game in April. Power is sent to the rear wheels, but we don't know what it uses for an engine or transmission.

The GR Supra Racing Concept is both an homage to that bygone racing heritage and a look forward to a future of racing. Toyota continued to sell the Supra in its home country of Japan until 2002, though eventually discontinuing the coupe due to a sales decline.

Inside, the competition-focused cabin has a racing dashboard, OMP driver's seat with safety harness, an OMP-sourced quick-release steering wheel, paddle shifting, and carbon fiber-lined door panels. The braking system uses Brembo Racing calipers and discs and there is a racing exhaust.

Competition safety requirements are met by a full roll cage and fire extinguishers, and the fuel and brake lines, pedal box, battery and wiring looms are all created to competition standard.

More specific details on when the Toyota GR Supra will be introduced to Gran Turismo Sport likely won't be known until the update it will be contained in is officially released.

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. So after the Supra disappeared in the late-90s, we have been hoping for a new one year after year, for nearly two decades now.

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