- Leaked image of 2019 Toyota Supra?

Is this the new Supra?

Leaked photos? Or images conceived by photoshop semi-pros? In any case, it's definitiely close (if it's not the real thing) and in any case it's a whole lot more accurate than some of the drawings fanboys have created over the past few years.

What we have is a very small and tight coupe, sharing the platform and everything mechanical with the new BMW Z4. Supra owners care first about power, so here it is what we already know: 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The BMW 3-liter DOHC turbocharged engine makes considerably more than the last Supra did when it left our shores in 1996... at least in stock form. The last Supra had the mighty 2JZ-GTE engine, detuned to only 320 HP in stock form but routinely taken over 500... 600... 800 and more with nothing modified internally (we know, we've done it!). The engine was built like a battleship, and could deliver power equivalent to the battleship Yamato when called upon. But like the Yamato, it also went down quickly in the end.

And the new Supra also makes considerably less power than the current American pony cars, and will likely cost at least 60-70K USD (judging from an early look at the Z4 pricing). For that price you can get a supercharged Camaro ZL1 or a high-winding GT350, each with superb driver-focused suspensions and incredible driving dynamics (although in the Camaro you can't see out of it or live with it on a daily basis). And they are both considerably larger and especially heavier.

So the new Supra, with "only" 382 horsepower, will have to deliver it's performance based on power-to-weight ratio, traction., and fast shifting from it's sole transmission: an 8-speed automatic. The BMW has already been tested at 0-60 in 4.4 seconds... that's Mustang GT or Camaro SS territory and most definitely not ZL1 or GT350 acceleration. But the Supra isn't even out yet, the only tests have been on it's soulmate Z4, so we'll wait for the official tests for a final conclusion. And in the coming months we'll have a better idea about it's driving dynamics as well.

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