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in some corners of the world wide web, a certain sort of sports-car aficionado is awaiting the third coming of the temporarily extinct bmw z4. pretty much everybody else is more interested in the return of toyota’s venerable supra, a car prefaced by toyota’s ft-1 concept (pictured above). now comes some news that might well enrapture both parties, although, in this case, it’s toyota specific. uncovered by the heads at supramkv.com, japanese magazine best car seems to have found specifications for the new supra, including weight and power.
the most pertinent figures are 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, with a 37-hp bonus overboost function, courtesy of a bmw-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six. weight is listed as 3284 pounds, which is 196 lighter than the turbocharged supra we tested back in 1993. the new car is shorter than the previous model by 5.4 inches and rides on a 97.2-inch wheelbase. that’s 3.2 inches shorter than the previous supra. it hasn’t shrunk in every dimension, however. the new car is 0.6 inch taller and 1.7 inches wider than the previous machine.
compared to the six-cylinder 2011 z4, the wheelbase is 1.1 inches shorter, while the car overall is 5.4 inches longer, fractionally taller, and 2.5 inches wider. the overarching theme here seems to be a lesson learned from bygone pontiac advertising: wider is better. the transmission is an eight-speed automatic, and while it looks as if the bmw variant will also offer a manual, the toyota will be auto only.
the new supra will apparently wear 225/50r-17 rubber up front and 255/45r-17 out back, which seems like an an awful lot of sidewall for a modern sports car. we wouldn’t be surprised to see 18s or 19s offered in the united states. for comparison’s sake, the ’93 supra turbo wore 235/45r-17 tires on its front wheels and 255/40r-17s in the rear.
of course, all of the usual caveats apply—foreign market, preproduction specifications, filtered through a forum—and we’ll likely have to wait a long time for toyota to confirm anything. a supra race-car concept was just announced for next month’s geneva auto show, however, so we may get some details then. while we wait, why not click and revisit some spy photos of the upcoming car?