Boring, dull, flaccid? That's right Toyota; we are pointing our fingers in your direction and have been since the demise of the Supra (JZA80) back in 1998 (U.S. market). Your current lineup of boring commuter cars does make for excellent economy rides for senior citizens, or those who simply don't care about carving through the canyons, or going WOT down the dragstrip, but how about catering to those who crave an FR rocket ship that looks badass but is also backed up by some horsepower and performance? In defense, Lexus produced the LF-A in limited production with a price tag of $375K, making owning this particular supercar a pipe dream for the majority. Hey, there's always the idea of purchasing one through GT6 Gran Tourismo!
Of course, we shouldn't forget to mention how we all witnessed a glimpse into the next-generation Supra concept car in 2007. The FT-HS (Future Toyota-Hybrid Sport) was unveiled at the North American Auto Show. Both futuristic and sporty in design, this was a big step in the right direction for Toyota. Unfortunately, it was bad timing. The economy took a dump, and, with that, any hopes of a production were quickly flushed down the toilet. It's hard to believe that was seven years ago. With age, the roar of automotive hype and excitement of the next-gen "Supra" slowly subsided into a small whimper over the next few years, as Toyota once again failed to bring this beauty into reality. Devoted followers of the next-gen Supra lost interest as years following the concept were filled with disappointing news. Followers became tired of speculations floating on unofficial Toyota websites hastily dubbing almost every rendering as the "Next Supra."
As we welcome 2014, a brand-new year also brings with it a flurry of auto shows that unveil the newest cars in both concept and soon-to-be production. Within minutes of unveiling the Toyota FT-1 concept car at this year's Detroit Auto Show, the Internet was once again in a frenzy—car fanatics clamored in hopes of obtaining additional chassis/engine specs as well as exterior shots. Was this the high-end sports coupe project Toyota was rumored to have in the works, dubbed "2000 GT," back in 2013? Albeit the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ were two FR sport compacts that were considered long overdue in our market, the FT-1 simply caught the world by surprise. Wild, aggressive, and sporty in design, the FT-1 was the big-ticket item at this year's show and discussed by everyone from attendees to security guards to competitive manufacturers. Taking styling cues from the GT2000, Supra, and LF-A, the FT-1 takes the best of three worlds under the directive eyes of Alex Shen, studio chief designer at Toyota's Calty Design Research.
The big question on everyone's mind is what will power this beast, but more importantly, how much will it cost? Who cares? It's badass. We want it. We need it. If we had to put a price tag on it, we're guessing $60 to $80K, but we're not holding our breath. The FT-1 is merely a concept car, and if history has taught us anything, Toyota enjoys teasing with years' worth of concepts with the name Supra attached to it. But will they build it? That's the million-dollar question. Until we receive official production confirmation from Toyota, we'll just resort to reading websites offering exclusive gossip on the "Next Supra."