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2019 Toyota Supra confirmed for driving debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 2019 Toyota Supra will make its driving debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming weekend ahead of the camouflage being ripped off the thing.

AFTER TEASING via Twitter it would have a camouflaged 2019 Toyota Supra at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, Toyota has confirmed the car will drive up the hill. It was thought the car might have just been a static display.

In a statement, Toyota Europe said, “The development model will be seen in action on the hill course at the famous motoring celebration in the UK […] The prototype will be driven up the hill course by two of the people leading its development: Chief Engineer Testuya Tada, who has overall responsibility for the Supra project, and Master Driver Herwig Daenens”.

The new Supra is expected to reach the market during the first half of 2019. The Supra, as we all know, is being developed jointly with BMW and will share its platform with the new Z4. It’ll also use that car’s 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder engine and the same eight-speed automatic transmission. While Toyota hasn’t said anything about performance, an internet leak a few months ago suggested 0-100km/h of 3.8 seconds.

In an interview with Autocar, Tetsuya Tada, who’d headed up engineering on the 86, said: “It’s really fun to drive this car. Front engines, rear drive… with such a concept, you can have the greatest amount of fun to enjoy a drive in the world. It’s fun on the road as well as the race track, the autobahn and the English countryside”.


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.