It’s Official: The Iconic Toyota Supra Is Returning in 2019

Ah, the day we have been waiting for — for about 8 years now — is finally upon us. A few days back, Toyota officially announced that the Supra is returning. While we know whatever is going to be underneath the hood of this new car will pale in comparison to the legendary 2JZ that came before, we are still having trouble trying not to act excited.

The automaker confirmed only the details we were pretty sure of before – an inline-six under the hood, and a rear-wheel-drive setup, like its predecessors. It is also now confirmed that we will be seeing a prototype form showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England later this week. We assume Toyota is saving the production debut for a major auto show.

Toyota’s hotly anticipated new Toyota Supra sports car to make its public debut in prototype form at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of speed in the UK.

The car will make daily runs on the festival’s hill course (July 12, 13, 14 and 15), driven by Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada and Master Driver Herwig Daenens.

Not only did Toyota finally spill the beans on the production car, but also announced that it will be making its grand reveal in racecar form on the track at a NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race.

Supra will make its on-track debut in the NXS race at Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

“When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Toyota Division Marketing Group Vice President, Ed Laukes. “Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart. We’re confident we’ve accomplished that with Supra, and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track.”

Working with Toyota Racing Development (TRD), as well as Calty Design Research, Inc. in Southern California, the NASCAR version of the Supra was created with a little help from the 2018 Toyota Camry from the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

“We’re confident Calty and TRD have developed another race car, Supra, that is capable of winning races and championships,” said David Wilson, president of TRD. “For Supra to be racing in NASCAR, just speaks to how important this vehicle is to us, and that we believe Supra can be a bonafide championship winner.”

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Jenna Schiebe

Jenna’s addiction to all things automotive began soon after she was introduced to the car scene at age 16. She has a special interest in imports but, at the end of the day, is a enthusiast that loves anything that goes fast.
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