Toyota Motor Corp released a new model of the "Supra" high-performance sports car in Japan May 17, 2019.

It is the fifth-generation Supra while the production of the fourth-generation model was ended in 2002.

In recent years, when the definition of vehicles is drastically changing, Toyota considers that sale of sports cars is necessary for making next vehicles.

"The development of sports cars can greatly contribute to developing safer cars," said Shigeki Tomoyama, vice president of Toyota and president of Gazoo Racing Company.

The "RZ," the high-end model of the new "Supra" (source: Nikkei Automotive)

Shigeki Tomoyama, vice president of Toyota and president of Gazoo Racing Company, announcing the Supra (source: Nikkei Automotive)

For the Japanese market, the Supra comes in three grades. They are (1) the "RZ" high-end model equipped with a 3L in-line six-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharger engine, (2) "SZ-R" high-performance model and (3) "SZ" standard model. The SZ-R and SZ use a 2L in-line four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharger engine.

The three models are FR (front-engine, rear-wheel-drive) vehicles and equipped with an 8-speed AT (automatic transmission).

They are manufactured at Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG's Graz Plant in Austria. The prices (including tax) of the RZ, SZ-R and SZ are ¥6.9 million, 5.9 million and 4.9 million, respectively.

Body rigidity 2.5 times higher than 86

Toyota developed the new model in cooperation with BMW AG. Toyota was responsible for planning and external design while BMW engaged mainly in engineering and development. The vehicle uses the same platform as BMW's "Z4" sports car, and BMW also provides the engine of the new model.

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