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Supra Chief Engineer: Torque Like a Lexus F, But Less Weight

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Toyota Supra at Goodwood

It’s just as well the camouflage livery the Toyota Supra wore at the Goodwood Festival of Speed resembled something of a puzzle, given the way Toyota is slowly drip-feeding us information about the car and letting us piece together the whole puzzle ourselves.

Though no performance figures have been confirmed so far, we’re fairly certain in the prediction that the Supra will have around 345 or 350 horsepower, and now Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the project, made strong hints regarding the other relevant figures.

“I can’t disclose specific figures, but the output of this engine is on a par with that which we have with the F-Series from Lexus,” he told the UK’s Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. “But you can imagine from seeing it that the car is light and compact — its wheelbase is even shorter than the GT86’s. It’s around 200 to 300 kg lighter than the F-Series.”

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The Lexus RC-F and GS-F make 389 pound-feet of torque, and F-Series cars weigh around 1700 to 1800 kg. In other words, and converted to pounds, the Supra could weigh between 3100 and 3500 pounds, which corroborates an earlier report that it would weigh 3300 pounds.

It also means the Supra would be about 550 pounds heavier than the less powerful 86, though Tada pointed out that its center of gravity was lower and its body twice as rigid. He also said it would have a limited-slip differential and 50:50 weight distribution.

“It’s really fun to drive this car,” he added. “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.”

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