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Supra & Hybrid should not be used in the same sentence. Just like Ferrari & Hybrid.
But you know yuppies will gobble the first "hybrid sports car" up over the 370z...

They'll probably make a NA version, and the Hybrid version. Hopefully that's what will happen.
 

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A fresh, new design for the MR2 and "Supra" would've at least got my hopes up a little. Everything's all talk. Let's see some action for god's sake.
 

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Discussion Starter #109
Update!

OLD NEWS/RUMORS from April 2008.

Toyota 4500GTh
April New Model Magazine X scans

Toyota planning on putting into production the FT-HS concept

3.5L hybrid found in the GS450h; estimated 4.5s 0-60 times

Will be designed by French Studio T3 (same folks that did the iQ) target weight will be 1370-1550kg; they will need to dramatically reduce the weight of the hybrid components to meet the target

Toyota may be looking at Li-on batteries for the production version of the car




I figured it was worth sharing since it wasn't found on any of the pages in this thread.
 

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****ing corporate politics! Why not just build a new Supra based on the upcoming Lexus IS architecture and power-train?

Nissan/Infiniti Z/G sales are going to probably pick up...
My guess is if they did that it would be expensive as sh!t. If they don't name it the Supra I would not see it selling as well as other performance cars that have made "comebacks" in the recent past.
 

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Yeah Toyota never could price performance cars decently...
Well let's see, the 7th gen Celica (I'm stretching the term performance) was in the low to mid twenties which I think it's safe to say compared to other cars then was WAY overpriced. The MKIV Supra was in the low to mid 40's (which is now 3 series territory). The newer MR2's were in the mid 20's which I guess is about right.

I dunno, a LOT has changed in the performance car market since the last time Toyota really was even considered a participant. They NEED to keep it under 50k, 40 really, if they want to be competitive.
 

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Tired of hearing people bitch about hybrids.
Tired of narrow definitions of "sport car".
Tired of hearing about the possibility of a sport hybrid.
It's possible. Just build the ****er already.
 

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Tired of hearing people bitch about hybrids.
Tired of narrow definitions of "sport car".
Tired of hearing about the possibility of a sport hybrid.
It's possible. Just build the ****er already.
That's a bold statement....no pun intended.

Try to find a car that counts as a hybrid and a sports car AND, here is the kicker, is priced under 50k.
 

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Toyota Secures New Trademark on Supra Name
Toyota has applied to trademark the iconic Supra name, according to documents it filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 16. The company’s previous trademark on the model name expired in 2006, and for the past four years Toyota didn’t bother to renew it.

This may be more than just business as usual. Only four days earlier, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda told journalists in Japan that he wants “to see the next Supra tested in the near future”, although he qualified that by adding “even if one president [Toyoda himself] says that we want to have a Supra again, the whole company is not going to be responding to that request.”

We spoke with Toyota’s vice president of external communications, Mike Michels, this afternoon for more info. Toyota, like many other carmakers, categorically won’t comment on future product plans except when, you know, they will. This was a case when they wouldn’t—Michels told us that Toyota likely just registered the name “provisionally” to “make sure we have a lot of latitude to use names in the future.” This is true, and it happens often. But the trademark system is really designed around use (or honest plans to use the trademark for a product), and, generally speaking, a company would have three years to use the name until it’s considered abandoned.

Of course, Toyota hasn’t revealed what it will be calling the on-again, off-again production version of the FT86 concept, which is a joint project with Subaru. Could it be called Supra? There’s also the possibility that the Supra name could be attached to a second, completely different model, leaving the FT86 to adopt the Celica badge. In any event, Toyota filing a trademark for the Supra name—especially when taken with Mr. Toyoda’s comments—is telling, but it’s still too early to bet the mortgage money on any one scenario. Until Toyota finally rolls out a new Supra and puts the speculation to rest—and gives enthusiasts a reason to look at the company again—you can at least enjoy a vintage one.
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