Is the Supra sports coupe (FT-HS concept pictured) about to be reborn as a
Sources indicate that the wild "boomerang" instrument panel and no-hub
steering wheel will probably be ditched for more conventional features
if FT-HS makes it to production.
Look for the 2010 Toyota Supra by summer or fall of 2009--especially if a
showroom-ready Supra "concept" appears at one of this winter's major auto shows.
2010 Toyota Supra Pictures 2010 Toyota Supra Is the Supra sports coupe (FT-HS concept pictured) about to be reborn as a mean-and-green hybrid? 2010 Toyota Supra Sources indicate that the wild "boomerang" instrument panel and no-hub steering wheel will probably be ditched for more conventional features if FT-HS makes it to production. 2010 Toyota Supra Look for the 2010 Toyota Supra by summer or fall of 2009--especially if a showroom-ready Supra "concept" appears at one of this winter's major auto shows. Consumer Guide's Impressions of the 2010 Toyota Supra Toyota's "21st century sports car" concept has gossips talking about a new Supra. Is that big sports coupe about to be reborn as a mean-and-green hybrid? Right now, the odds are better than even. What We Know About the 2010 Toyota Supra Gossips love concept vehicles, especially those that seem to belong in showrooms already. Take the Toyota FT-HS. Unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show as a "21st-century sports car," it reminded some of Toyota's well-liked Supra. And why not? It's another high-style sporty coupe with rear-wheel drive, a six-cylinder engine, and seating for four. Obviously, a new Supra was on the way, and with gas/electric power to boot. After all, FT-HS stands for "Future Toyota-Hybrid Sport." * New Hybrid Car Prices & Reviews * New Performance Car Prices & Reviews * Reviews of All New Toyotas Carmakers usually shrug off new-model rumors, but Toyota did the just opposite with the FT-HS. As Road & Track reported, a company spokesperson described the concept as "a car we all know Toyota should have. It would slide right into the slot where the Supra was, as a mid-price sports/GT car--something we need in our product line." Which implies a rival to the Nissan 350Z, which the concept closely matches in size, and not the Chevrolet Corvette, which the last Supra targeted. Trouble is, a strong yen 10 years ago priced the Supra out of its market. A new hybrid model could suffer the same fate, given today's weak dollar/yen exchange and hybrid technology that remains expensive. Still, Toyota is a big company with huge cash reserves. And it remains committed to making gas/electric power just another option throughout its lineup. Moreover, Toyota likes to showcase its technology in distinctively styled niche vehicles like the compact Prius hybrid, that darling of Hollywood greenies. Add it all up and the case for FT-HS morphing into a new Supra looks pretty convincing. In fact, some oddsmakers say it's a sure thing. For more information on hundreds of new cars of today and tomorrow, check out: * 1993-1998 Toyota Supra Overview and Photos * Sporty/Performance Cars: The 2010 Toyota Supra will compete in the sporty/performance class. Here's Consumer Guide's roundup of all the sporty/performance cars on sale today. * Future Cars: Check out what's just on the horizon. 2010 Toyota Supra Details toyota ft-hs The Toyota FT-HS, unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show as a "21st-century sports car," reminded some of Toyota's well-liked Supra. Even if the oddsmakers are right, there's still the question of how much of the concept design could be retained for a "mid-price sports/GT." For example, the FT-HS powertrain assumes a 3.5-liter V6, familiar from many current Toyotas, but also a new Hybrid Synergy Drive that has yet to be developed. Toyota says the concept has a total 400 net horsepower, good for 0-60 mph in around four seconds, but has yet to project fuel economy or emissions ratings, except to say that both would be really good. Sports Car Galleries * 2009 Ford Mustang Pictures * 2009 Dodge Challenger Pictures * 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Pictures * 2009 Porsche 911 Pictures Then there's the concept's styling, with its many compound curves and sharp edges that would surely be expensive to produce even in modest volume. Other design elements, especially the wild "boomerang" instrument panel and no-hub steering wheel, would also have to be ditched for more-conventional, less-expensive components. But concepts are expected to have way-out features--it's all about the buzz, you know--and Toyota doesn't do these exercises just for fun. We imagine the FT-HS is already being adapted for retail sale wearing the Supra badge. A Notable Feature of the 2010 Toyota Supra The FT-HS uses a carbon-fiber beam to divide the cockpit left and right. Toyota says it enhances structural rigidity, but it also lends what designers call a "skeletal" appearance. Another novelty is a power-operated carbon/Kevlar roof panel that pivots to stow in the rear-seat area. Nodding to Ferrari and Porsche are a see-through hood panel to show off the front-mounted engine and a rear spoiler that powers up at higher speeds to enhance stability. The spoiler idea would almost certainly survive on a new Supra, but the other features seem questionable because of cost and/or practicality. We'll see what Toyota delivers.