Toyota's in-house racing division couldn't resist.
About a month ago, Toyota unveiled its highly anticipated reborn A90 Supra at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Officially called the , the new coupe will help set the stage for what will hopefully be additional sports cars and even more dynamic design from the Japanese automaker. The new Supra’s arrival was further augmented when the first production-spec model was sold for an incredible $2.1 million at a charity auction.
And now, Toyota’s in-house racing division, Toyota Racing Development (TRD), has premiered the new Supra Performance Line Concept TRD, . Although it’s only a concept for now, the Supra TRD provides a clear preview as to what upgrades future Supra owners may soon have available. However, this concept does not have any power upgrades.
The 3.0-liter inline-six with 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque remains untouched, as were the suspension and brakes. Where TRD focused on carbon fiber parts instead. Up front are spoilers with big fins that assist in increasing downforce and reduce lift during high-speed driving. The new side skirts help do the same and also work to lower the center of gravity thanks to their low position. Even the carbon fiber door garnish is functional, designed to help mitigate airflow turbulence and improve smoother rear end airflow. Out back, there’s a new carbon fiber trunk spoiler and lower spats for added aero and aesthetic upgrades.
Speaking of which, TRD points out the carbon fiber accessories were designed to not only give the Supra a wider stance for a meaner look, but to also address unintended yaw. The Supra TRD Concept rides on a set of lightweight 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with a cool mesh spoke design. But for those who are disappointed that TRD didn’t improve performance and handling, the very bottom of TRD’s Japanese language page says in plain English: "To be continued.”