Toyota Supra will see higher-performance trims

It's not getting a manual, it's not getting a convertible, but it is getting faster

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The Toyota Supra hasn’t even reached its final form, according to Tetsuya Tada, the boss behind the sports car’s revival, with several higher-performance trims planned for the model.

In an interview with Autoblog, Tada talked about the development of the Supra, and the steps planned to make it an even more formidable force in the sports car world.

In the early stages of the project, BMW’s then-CEO Herbert Diess, now head of Volkswagen, wanted to create an i8 successor, but Tada wanted a real sports car. Talks resumed with BMW wanting to build a lazy and comfortable cruiser out of the Z4, but Tada urged the Germans to push the joint effort into serious sports car territory.

The BMW is still the lazier driving vehicle of the two, even with 382 horsepower at the disposal of your right foot. According to Tada, the Supra was always devised as a serious sports car, and he’ll do everything he can to make it as good as it can be.

He also confirmed 335 horsepower won’t be the end of the road.

“With a sports car, the promise is to offer more performance with each additional version,” Tada said, adding we can expect to see a new additional version almost every year.

Unfortunately there will still be no manual transmission option, with Tada saying “Customers who want a manual should choose the Toyota 86.” Again, this is likely due to development costs, and with the small sports car market already being fairly niche, it’s hard for even the largest automakers to offer a manual transmission in such a low volume segment.

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