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It has to be true if he keeps saying it, right? We hope so, because Tetsuya Tada, the man behind the new Supra and 86, has once again mentioned the ‘Three Brothers’, more than hinting at a revival of Toyota’s 90s sports car trio – Supra, Celica, MR2.

To add weight, Tada wasn’t talking to some journalists over beer, he was interviewed by his colleagues at Toyota GB, who then printed the transcript in full. Toyota’s sports car guru even name-dropped his boss, company president Akio Toyoda. Now, this could be fatal if there’s no truth in the Three Brothers talk, so we’ll take it as confirmed. Here’s what he said in full.

“Akio has always said that as a company he would like to have Three Brothers, with the GT86 in the middle and Supra as the big brother. So we’ve tried to aim for the Supra to offer an overwhelming superiority in all attributes,” said Tada, who chaperoned the Supra at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The upcoming A90 Supra will be the flagship, the 86 will be the middle child

There you have it. The upcoming A90 Supra will be the big bro, the flagship sports car with the performance to match. Tada places the much-loved Toyota 86 in the middle, which leaves room for a compact sports car to be positioned below the 86.

It was a great time to be a carbuyer in the 1990s. Just imagine walking into a Toyota showroom to be greeted by the A80 Supra, T180 Celica and SW20 MR2 on the same floor. Such a day might come again in the (not too distant, we hope) future, with the new Supra, the 86 and…. an MR2 successor?

Toyota wheeled out the S-FR concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, following that up with a racing version at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon. The small (3,990 mm long, 1,695 mm wide) rear-wheel drive concept was a sub-1,000 kg 2+2, and it was rumoured to have a 1.5 litre NA engine from the JDM Corolla Axio.

Will a production S-FR carry the torch for the MR2, or will Toyota invest in a new midship?

There has been no update on the S-FR concept ever since, but throw in a removable top and it could be a nice spiritual successor to the MR2, if developing a mid-engined sports car from scratch is too much of an ask. Such a car would also be an alternative to the Mazda MX-5, which has become smaller and lighter in this generation. The ND MX-5 is also available with a 1.5 litre engine.

Three’s a company, and we’re excited at the prospect of the modern day Three Brothers. You?

GALLERY: Toyota S-FR Concept from Tokyo 2015