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Toyota Registers S-FR Trademark – Here’s What It Means For The Next Supra

No, it won’t have a 2JZ.

The new Supra has been an object of optimistic speculation for almost two decades. Since the Supra left us in 1998, import fans have been feverish for a replacement. Now a trademark registration by Toyota might have clued us in on the new Supra’s official name… and more.

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Toyota officially registered the trademark for the name S-FR on May 28th, according to Autoguide. Given the close approximation to the FR-S name, it’s no stretch to assume that the car will be closely related to the company’s only existing sports car. Add to that Toyota’s new relationship with BMW for what can only be considered the Supra replacement as the company’s flagship sportscar, and we now have very strong evidence that Toyota plans to use the Scion brand and the FR-S platform (probably the second generation FR-S since it will be easier to build a new platform for a heavier, stronger engine than to rework the first gen) to build the new Supra S-FR.

Whether the S-FR is the next Supra or not, the trademark registration shows that Toyota is dedicated to keeping the FR-S alive with future variations.

This will also leave the door open for a BRZ STI with a bigger, stronger turbocharged engine. Who’s ready for a V6 S-FR Supra vs Turbo-4 BRZ STI battle?

Toyota Confirms New Supra. Here’s Why It Will Be an FR-S Supra

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Toyota will build a new Supra.  According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the new Supra will share a platform with the next generation BMW Z4 and the companies will work together to build the sports cars.  Nikkei seems to think that BMW’s experience with carbon fiber bodies is a main contributor to the Supra Z4 plan, but the Supra was cut in 2002 because of its astronomical price, so Toyota will probably be very price conscious this time around.  What makes more sense is for Toyota to make the Supra a Scion Supra and build it on the next generation FR-S platform.  Here’s why:

BMW Already Has The Engine

The Supra came with a turbocharged inline six engine and was legendary for it. The BMW Z4 already has a turbocharged inline six engine and BMW inline sixes are legendary in their own rite.  Of course the Supra would need a lot more power than the 300-horsepower the Z4 comes with right now to be competitive today, but that won’t be much of a problem for BMW (the E46 M3 had 333-hp without a turbo 15 years ago, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to get 400 or 450-hp for the Supra).

Toyota Already Has The Car

The Supra will need to be a rear or all-wheel drive sports car with the option of a convertible (there’s no way BMW is selling the Z4 without a drop top).  We already know that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ 2nd generation will probably use a more flexible chassis that would allow for things like a convertible and all-wheel drive.  With that car under development not and Toyota moving towards more modular chassis, why wouldn’t it include room for a bigger inline-six Supra engine.

Scion Needs The Help

Scion is failing as a youth brand.  The xA and xD were both boring duds that sold to older people cross shopping the Nissan Versa and Kia Rio.  The xB ballooned into a midsized wagon and lost all of its charm with the second generation.  The tC appeals to young girls, but absolutely not to young men, so that’s a success of sorts. The brand’s shining star of youthfulness is the FR-S, but Toyota still needed to bribe dealers with the promise of an FR-S Convertible to keep them from dropping the brand.
Of course, they could always just stuff a 2JZ under the hood of a current Z4 and call it a day, what do I know?

Potential FR-S Supra Caught Testing At The Nurburgring

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When a carmaker builds a new car, they put it through the paces at their own test track. When they build a sporty car, they take it to a racetrack. When they build a real sports car though, there is only one place to test it out: The Nurburgring.

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Spy photographers caught this FR-S prototype testing at the Nurburgring with the full race car workup complete with what looks like a painted carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber trunk, carbon fiber roof and a gigantic spoiler. This could be a test car for future TRD performance parts, or it could be a test car for the future FR-S Supra that Toyota will probably develop with a BMW-sourced engine.

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The car is probably built by Gazoo racing, the Toyota Skunkworks department that built the custom FR-S with Supra tail lights, so whether it’s the FR-S Supra or a Turbo FR-S motor, it’s definitely got something exciting under the hood.

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Of course, this is all a guessing game until Scion comes out and tell us what the mystery FR-S really is, so what do you think? Spotted any details about the car that everyone else missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: inautonews.com

Toyota Europe Head Says No To More Powerful FR-S

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The Scion FR-S needs more power. It’s been said a thousand times before and enthusiasts all over the globe start shopping for everything from a new air filter to a turbo kit as soon as they buy their FR-S, but Toyota has been insistent that the sports car remain pure and untouched by the devil of horsepower.

Toyota Europe VP Karl Schlicht spoke to Top Gear about the change in philosophy at Toyota spearheaded by the FR-S and the new FT-1 concept car. Schlicht says that Toyota will become an exciting car company again and will stop simply chasing sales volume. Toyota Boss Akio Toyoda “believes Toyotas should be drivers’ cars”.

But when asked about the prospect of a more powerful FR-S, like the 2.5-liter FR-S, a turbocharged FR-S or an FR-S Supra, Schlicht said “We want to keep that car pure,” he said. “You put a turbo on it, give it bigger tires, and you start turning it into a different category of car…”

The FR-S; competition is stiff, there are a lot of sporty cars in the $25,000 range that offer more horsepower or more practicality or a convertible. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ compete with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Hyundai Genesis, Honda Civic Si, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, VW GTI, Dodge Challenger, Ford Focus ST and Fiat 500 Abarth. To name a few. So should Toyota really insist that enthusiasts love “fun to drive” more than speed? The FR-S might be at the front of that pack for fun, but it might not be when you start charting lap times.

 

Toyota Registers Supra Trademark, FR-S Supra On The Way?

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Toyota has officially filed trademark papers for the Supra name. This is some of the most concrete evidence we’ve seen that Toyota does pan to build a more powerful sports car. The Supra may be built on a unique platform if Toyota decides to make it a high end sports car to compete with the Nissan GT-R and Dodge Viper, or the company could go back to its roots and built an FR-S Supra on the chassis of an existing sports car.

We already know that Toyota is loathe to build a sports car with an uncertain future. Toyota was hedging its bets on the FR-S when it got into bed with Subaru on the project. Toyota is already working on a deal with BMW for an engine for a new sports car, so that BMW engine replacing the Subaru Boxer in the FR-S to make the Supra seems the most likely outcome.

Toyota has also talked about a four door Scion FR-S with all-wheel drive and a turbocharger. That would make for a fitting replacement for the later generations of the Supra. The legendary 2JZ engine, which makes over 1,000 horsepower in some builds, was originally found in the Supra.

There’s also still a chance that Toyota will play it conservatively and the FR-S Supra will use the upcoming 2.5-liter FR-S engine. That would allow Subaru to release the same 2.5-liter BRZ as a BRZ STI.

 

Source: Autoweek.

Toyota Supra Gets Scion FR-S Front End Retrofitted

The FR-S and Supra are linked, without the Supra’s irrefutable popularity Toyota would have never built the Scion FR-S, and without the success of the FR-S, Toyota would never consider building a new Supra, whether it’s an FR-S based Supra or a completely independent model.

That link between the FR-S and Supra obviously makes customizers think of combining the two cars into one. Most of the time that is a 2JZ Engine swap into the FR-S, but one tuner, Gameon Motorsports out of New South Wales has an alternative: A Scion FR-S (Toyota FT-86) front end swapped onto a 2JZ Supra.

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The end result is definitely beautiful and will turn more than a few heads. Of course, a 15-year old 2JZ Supra costs about as much as a new FR-S, so most people who buy the older Supras are pretty happy to show off the stock front end. That’s what makes this custom Supra so special, it’s the opposite of a Fiero rocking a Ferrari body kit or even a 240SX with a GTR conversion. It’s a high end car wearing a less expensive one’s front end just because it looks good. There’s something so pure about that, like whoever built the Supra FR-S hybrid is tapped into what made us all love custom cars in the first place: the idea that with some work you can create something better than what came out of the factory, even if it means swapping a Chevy smallblock V8 into a BRZ or a FR-S front end onto a Supra.

 

Image via Gameon Motorsports Facebook.

BMW Might Build The Next Supra Engine

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Toyota and BMW have announced a partnership to build a joint platform for a sports car. Details of the Toyota and BMW sports cars haven’t been released, but the last time Toyota teamed up with another automaker for a sports car, we got the FR-S and BRZ, so the results should be extraordinary.

Toyota hasn’t built a sport car on its own in a few years, so when it came time to build a front engine rear wheel drive sports car, they turned to a partner with more experience in exciting cars and came up with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. So it’s no surprise that Toyota would turn to another carmaker with a history of sports cars to work on a larger sports car.

“We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands,” BMW development chief Herbert Diess told German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, according to Reuters.

It’s not hard to imagine that Toyota would call their new sports car the Supra, especially given BMW’s penchant for turbocharged inline six engines. We’ve speculated that Toyota might build the Supra on the FR-S platform like the original Supra was built on the Celica platform, and the Gazoo racing GRMN concept for the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon seemed to hint that an FR-S Supra was on the way, but a new platform might handle the high horsepower of a Supra better. Gazoo just released another video with more details of the concept car reinforcing the idea that the next Supra might be based on the FR-S.

 

 

Image via Autoguide.

FR-S Gazoo Racing GRMN Sports FR Platinum Goes Drifting, Looks a lot like an FR-S Supra

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The Gazoo Racing GRMN Sports FR Platinum is a perfect example of what a tuner would do with the Scion FR-S if they had the money of an OEM. That’s because Gazoo Racing is a tuner with the money of an OEM. As Toyota’s internal skunkworks, Gazoo has the advantage of not only the largest automaker in the world’s money, but also the talent behind it. So when they build a show car out of a Scion FR-S, it isn’t just a show car. To prove that, Gazoo took the GRMN Sports FR Platinum drifting, and the there’s definitely some steak behind that sizzle.

When Gazoo first released teaser shots of the FR-S GRMN we said it looked like there were hints that an FR-S Supra would be built. Watching the video, the little Supra details seem even more obvious. The tail lights and headlights are obvious throwbacks to the fourth generation Supra. The Gazoo GRMN also has small triangular hood vents that look an awful lot like the TRD Supra hood. The way the car moves, it’s obvious it has some engine performance upgrades, and probably more than just an intake and exhaust, though whether it’s a six-cylinder engine swap remains to be seen.

If you’re the type to look for hints of future cars in concept vehicles, and you should be, then the Gazoo Racing GRMN Sports FR Platinum definitely points to a FR-S Supra.

Scion Builds a 2JZ Supra Powered FR-S for Formula D 2014

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A single turbo 2JZ is a thing of beauty, even more so when it’s in an FR-S.

The Toyota Supra’s 2JZ engine is legendary for its ability to make high horsepower reliably, so just about everyone in the car world had the same thought when Scion released the 200-horsepower FR-S: “When are they going to put a 2JZ engine in it?”

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Scion hasn’t broken down and built a 2JZ powered FR-S Supra…yet. For the foreseeable future, FR-S enthusiasts looking for power will have to settle for the upcoming 2.5-liter FR-S or forced induction from a supercharger or turbo kit. Scion has, however, installed a 750-horsepower, 730 lb-ft of torque 2JZ engine in an FR-S for formula drift.

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Ken Gushi will drive the 2JZ FR-S in the 2014 Formula D season. The Supra powered FR-S has the new Rocket Bunny 2 kit, 19 inch Rays wheels, Wilwood brakes, a G-Force GSR four speed transmission, and FIA racing seats. The drift 2JZ FR-S will weigh just 2,844 pounds.

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Here’s hoping Toyota will see this as proof of concept and restart production of the 2JZ-GTE for an FR-S Supra. If not, we’ll just have to settle for rooting for the 2JZ FR-S in Formula D next year.

The 2JZ powered FR-S isn’t the first time someone has stuffed a Toyota six cylinder into an FR-S.  TOM’s racing built a 400-horsepower V6 FR-S show car.

 

Source: Top Gear.