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Toyota Supra name not confirmed, brochure fake

What is alleged by some publications to be a brochure of Toyota’s upcoming sports car, inspired from its FT-1 concept, turns out to be fake news – again.

A SERBIAN-BASED website leaked pictures allegedly showing the new ‘Toyota Supra’ brochure which confirmed the Supra name would be reborn in the Japanese brand’s all-new rear-wheel drive sports car. It even included specifications such as dimensions and engine output. Seems a far stretch given the car is still in testing and isn’t expected to be unveiled until the Tokyo motor show in October this year, yet that hasn’t stopped numerous automotive websites being sucked in.

The claimed manufacturer brochure is actually a lift out from a Japanese magazine ‘Holiday Auto’, whose name is also printed on the alleged credible factory brochure in the top left corner. The lift-out was intended as a spoof, but has somehow been lost in translation to the western world. But for the keen eyed, there was also something a little more obvious going on.

Isn’t that a picture of the FT-1 concept car?

Yes, but budget cuts meant not getting the photographer in…

The fake specs:

Dimensions: 4380mm (L), 1830mm (W), 1280 mm (H)

Wheelbase: 2470mm

Weight: 1350kg – 1430kg

Engines: Sourced from BMW, 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 143kW and 320Nm, 3.0-litre six-cylinder producing 253kW and 450Nm

So what do we know?

Next to nothing, really. Except that BMW and Toyota has teamed up to develop the project which will deliver the new Z5 for the Bavarian manufacturer and whatever the sportscar is for Toyota. The two cars have been spotted together testing in the snow, and the only information from the video is that you can hear what the engine sounds like – some say it’s a hybrid V6 and some say it’s a four-pot, but really, we just have to keep waiting.

Alex Rae

Alex Rae

Alex Rae grew up among some of the great stages of Targa Tasmania, an event that sparked his passion for all things mechanical. Currently living across Bass Strait in Melbourne, Alex has worked for the last decade in the automotive world as both a photographer and journalist, and is now a freelancer for various publications. When not driving for work Alex can be found tinkering in the shed on of one his project Zeds or planning his next gravel rally car.