The new Toyota Supra has apparently been leaked early by a Japanese magazine, and the Internet is about to explode.
Japan’s Best Car magazine has, according to SupraMkV.com, printed the automotive equivalent of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless. If it’s genuine, you’re just not meant to be seeing it, and Toyota will be livid about it.
The article is said to show pictures of the production-spec Supra MkV alongside basic dimensions and engine specifications, plus a racing version. But the car looks so similar to the 2014 FT-1 concept that any semi-responsible motoring hack has got to tread carefully – just in case.
Given the hype around this car, it could be an elaborate hoax, or the magazine might simply be using FT-1-based images to illustrate the specs sent to it by Toyota Japan. The lower front skirt is different to the concept’s, but it’s incredibly close. We just don’t know what’s what, yet, and none of us speak Japanese in order to translate.
The specs claim that the MkV will use a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six with 335 horsepower and 332lb ft – plus a 37lb ft overboost function. Fair enough; the parts-sharing setup with the BMW Z4 makes such an engine as likely as death and taxes.
It’s said to be 4380mm long, 1855mm wide and 1290mm high, which is 140mm longer, 110mm wider and 30mm lower than the GT86. Again, these numbers are believable. So is the 1496kg kerb weight, although that makes it over 200kg chunkier than the ‘86.
The leak also says that the straight-six will be linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. We’d like to believe otherwise and we’re still holding out for the official news before abandoning hope. Finally, the 225- and 255-section front and rear tyres aren’t too wide, suggesting that it might have just the right amount of grip to play with.
We can tell you right now that Toyota won’t offer any comment on this, so we don’t expect to bring you any. The truth will out at the Geneva Motor Show.
Hat tip to Nishant Dash!