Now, Toyota could finally be ready to do the same with the pending arrival of its Supra.
Toyota won’t comment on the story, which was first reported by Sports Business Journal (subscription required). We’ve heard that it’s true from sources who can’t comment on the story. We see logical reasons for the move.
First, it places the automaker’s newest halo vehicle in a premier position for eyeballs and attention. Second, it’s a more natural fit against rivals including the Camaro and Mustang. (The new Camry is sportier, but maybe not Mustang-Camaro sporty.) Lastly, it focuses attention on the Supra as a “race on Sunday, drive on Monday” production vehicle.
At this time, we don’t know what sort of drivetrain Toyota will stuff into its barely-a-Supra NASCAR racer. You can expect some sort of powerful, naturally aspirated V-8. You can expect it to be backed up by a 4-speed manual, and you can expect it to send tremendous power to the beefy rear axle. Other than that, we’ll just have to wait and see (and hear) what Toyota’s motorsport team have up its respective sleeve.