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Toyota has fuelled the rumour mill surrounding its supposed Supra successor by trademarking the S-FR nameplate, as AutoGuide understands. News regarding the long-awaited replacement for one of Toyota’s most iconic model was jettisoned into the air when the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Toyota FT-1 concept.

The designation ‘Toyota S-FR’ is now filed under the protection of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and will be used for “automobiles and structural parts thereof.” As demonstrated on the Scion FR-S (Toyota 86 to us Malaysians), the new Supra could feature a front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout – considering the FR-S now stands for ‘Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive and Sport’.

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Names and titles aside, the upcoming next-gen Supra will be developed in conjunction with German carmaker, BMW. While earlier reports indicate a hybrid setup for the new sports car, such notions have since been dismissed by both parties. The new model is expected to feature turbocharged, six-cylinder petrol engine sourced from its German development partner.

Styling wise, it’s a bit of a no-brainer for Toyota to pen its upcoming halo car after the aforementioned FT-1 concept. The Japanese firm has earlier announced that it plans to have a three-strong lineup of performance cars, with the 86 occupying the middle ground. The Supra will, obviously, sit on top of the range while a more affordable, yet-to-be-named model will slot below the 86.

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