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The spiritual successor to the Toyota Supra is on its way, with a new concept previewing the reborn Japanese sports car set to arrive in 2016. According to Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of Toyota Motor Corporation’s Sport Vehicle Mangement Division, the new model will be part of the carmaker’s sports car line-up comprising “three brothers.”

Among the “three brothers”, the S-FR coupe will be the smallest sibling, although it is currently in the concept phase for now. The “middle sized” brother will be the 86, whereas the “big brother” will be the new “Supra.”

Speaking to Drive, Tada stated the Supra nameplate is unlikely to be adopted by the upcoming model. Instead, the car will try to capture the spirit of the iconic coupe. Tada also said, “I don’t know the name but Supra is the heritage of Toyota sports, therefore Supra has a good image and direction.”

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Currently, Toyota is in a partnership with BMW, which initially involved the development of battery and fuel cell technologies, as well as fuel-efficient vehicles. The deal was expanded later, where both carmakers will jointly develop a sports car as well. Toyota got the speculation train rolling when it unveiled the FT-1 concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Barring the lack of any powertrain details at the time, the FT-1 includes many design elements from Toyota’s various sport car introductions including the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and, most recently, the 86. Now, Tada has divulged that the Supra successor would probably adopt a hybrid powertrain.

“Hybrid technology is key technology for Toyota. We release hybrid sports (cars) in the market, we must provide something new, something wow, a surprise,” he said. Questions on whether the powertrain will feature electric turbocharging was also answered vaguely.

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Additionally, don’t expect ludicrous amounts of power to be offered with the new model. “Now there are so many high-end sports cars in the world. Now 700 or 800 hp is not so special,” Tada said.

However, Tada did reveal that the Porsche 911 is expected to be the benchmark sports car, which the new Toyota sports coupe will match up against. He added, “Big brother will have amazing performance.”

With Honda’s introduction of the second-generation NSX, and Mazda looking to bring back the rotary engine with the RX-Vision concept, Toyota’s Supra successor would certainly make for an interesting entry to the reborn Japanese sports car segment. Which grabs your attention the most?

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