Followers of the automotive industry are no strangers to rumors. Indeed, whispers and shouts of soon-to-be production models, power outputs, engine layouts and statistics fly around here as much as they do in any other industry. However, we can rejoice because rumors of the Toyota FT-1 being crowned the next generation Supra have been confirmed.
In an article published Feb. 7, Motoring.com.au reported that the FT-1 will utilize a 2.5-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid engine that will produce more than 400 horsepower. Rear drive is a given, but Motoring’s source says that the looks of the production model will have to be “softened” for the market. An additional rumor that the article mentions states that the FT-1 will also sport an LFA-esque rear transaxle. Pricing is said to be set for less than $100,000 when the car will become available to the public in 2016.
But that’s not all. The same article continues to report that due to the success of the Scion FR-S and Toyota GT 86, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has called for more “cars that touch the heart,” which means that the company is now developing a smaller, entry-level sports car as well. The smaller coupe is said to draw power from a 1.5-liter hybrid. We’ll just have to wait for its 2017 debut to see for ourselves.