It's been 16 years since a new Toyota Supra was for sale in the United States, but Toyota will not be rushed into building a new one. No matter how much clamoring there is for a new Supra on American shores, Toyota seems to be dropping breadcrumbs at its own pace, content to let the enthusiasts follow deeper into the woods, and this time, it's pulling us in farther with the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept.
The Supra Racing concept was released this week at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show, with final confirmation from Toyota that it will produce a new Supra in the near future. Quite simply, GR stands for Gazoo Racing, a motorsports division of Toyota. The exterior of the GR Supra Racing Concept reflects that image since it is essentially a race car version of the FT-1 Concept that we saw four years ago at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, with abundant graphics and a lot of lightweight materials. Splitters, tow hooks, plastic windows, exposed carbon fiber, Brembo brakes, BBS wheels, and big spoilers accentuate GR Supra's race car look at every corner.
One of the GR Supra's most prominent graphics is the number 90 on the door. Toyota says this is a historical reference to the Supra's code names, following in line with previous generations numbered A40, A60, A70 and A80. When a production Supra does finally drop, we expect it will come with the A90 name. On top of that, we know that the GR Supra is front-engine and rear-wheel-drive, but that's about it.
Toyota hasn't released any details about the powertrain under the hood of the GR Supra Racing Concept. It also hasn't released any details on the future production car. The interior, much like the exterior, is all race car: no real center console, no real steering wheel, and a back seat that is dominated by the roll cage and a gas tank. Exposed painted metal is nearly everywhere, and where there isn't a naked painted surface, carbon fiber takes its place. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is clearly not a road-going Supra, but it is the closest we'll get for now.