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Toyota’s Supra Strip Tease Is Starting to Get Really Frustrating

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It’s comprehensible that an automaker would need to delay the revealing of a hotly anticipated mannequin. In any case, constructing suspense is important when advertising a vehicle that’s thrilling however lacks broad attraction. That is why Dodge was so fastidious in its debut of the Hellcat and Demon, parsing out simply sufficient information to hold us fed with out ever letting us get full.

Against this, Toyota’s preliminary advertising of the Supra began with as few particulars as attainable and has continued ravenous us of all significant information. That’s partly as a result of the vehicle is a sister car to the brand new BMW Z4 — and sharing particulars of 1 mannequin means freely giving the products on the opposite. Regardless of this, Magna Steyr (tasked with manufacturing each automobiles) isn’t constructing two similar fashions with totally different badges. The Supra’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, describes the Supra as a pure sports activities car the place practicality and luxury are virtually not thought-about.

That sounds very thrilling, so it was a aid once we discovered the car will lastly see daylight on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity later this week. Sadly, Toyota clarified on Monday that the vehicle we’ll see wouldn’t be a manufacturing vehicle and can stay wrapped in purple camouflage. 

The countless strip tease Toyota’s conducting with the Supra is encroaching on infuriating. Whereas we’ve seen a racing idea and shell to be used for NASCAR, we nonetheless know little or no concerning the car. Is there one thing incorrect with it, or have Toyota and BMW gone full-blown Alphonse and Gaston and located themselves perpetually ready for the opposite social gathering to go first?

“After you, Toyota.”

“No, you first, my pricey BMW!”

In some methods, we’ve solely ourselves to blame for our current frustration. It was rumored that the Z4 can be unveiled earlier than the Supra, making the Goodwood launch a bit untimely. However Toyota Europe stated it will be there. Any ensuing confusion is completely comprehensible.

So, what precisely will the great individuals in attendance be privy to?

In accordance to Toyota, there shall be a camouflaged Supra prototype operating the pageant’s hill course a couple of occasions per day with Tetsuya Tada or Herwig Daenens behind the wheel. No manufacturing mannequin, no official specs, and doubtless extraordinarily restricted public entry to the vehicle. Attendees will, nevertheless, have the ability to get an shut-up take a look at the Toyota GR Supra Racing Idea — which we’ve already seen.

The manufacturing vehicle is meant to start supply in lower than a yr and the corporate has given us valuable little to cling to, regardless of years of hype. We’re presuming it’ll have a three.zero-liter inline six shared with the BMW and a 4-cylinder variant for money-strapped clients. However these are particulars which were cobbled collectively although business rumors, tidbits BMW let slip, and enjoying the chances.

All Toyota has stated is that the returning Supra would share its powertrain and platform with the Z4 however be topic to its personal suspension, software program, and tuning — leading to a extra hardcore machine.

We hope we’re in a position to study one thing about it past what it’d appear to be in regular paint sometime. Nevertheless it’s simply getting more and more troublesome to care. You’ll be able to solely dangle a shiny object in entrance of our faces for therefore lengthy earlier than we lose curiosity and, whereas we perceive the necessity for discretion, we’d like particulars to latch onto. Confirming that it’ll have the inline six and rear-wheel drive months after we put that collectively ourselves isn’t sufficient.

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