Toyota seems to be keeping the rumor mills going with news regarding the Tacoma, future EVs, new hybrids, but also sports cars that wear the GR badge. The new boss Koji Sato has confirmed more GR models are on their way, confirming our suspicions about the Celica‘s return. At the same time, more details are coming out about the 2026 Supra from Japanese websites.
A few months ago, we reported that the all-new generation was already under development. But the all-new Supra would arrive in 2025 as a pure EV. However, under new leadership, Toyota has revised its plans and will continue to offer the Supra with its iconic inline-6 engine while also developing the electric model.
The latest print edition of Best Car Web, which is a popular Japanese scoop website, is saying that there are many unknowns about the Mk6 Supra. However, it will have an internal combustion engine of the 3.0-liter inline-6 variety.
All this is possible only because of BMW. The German automaker wants to sell about 2 million battery electric vehicles by 2025 and may develop a hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain based on the TwinPower 3.0-liter that the Supra can use. As you all know, the current Supra was developed together with the Z4 roadster. It’s powered by the famous B58 engine and is actually assembled in Graz, Austria, not Japan. It’s nice that the people in Graz will get to keep their Supra-making jobs. However, I don’t believe there’s going to be another Z4 because it doesn’t sell.
Hybrid sports cars: everybody is doing it
Now, it does make sense to have a hybrid powertrain if you’re going to sell sports cars in 2026. Toyota is world-famous for its Prius and other hybrid models that have spun off over the decades. Also, every high-performance exotic is coming out with a hybrid drive of some sort: McLaren Artura, Ferrari 296 GTB, Corvette E-Ray and especially the Lamborghini Revuelto.
BMW has already tried (and failed) to sell a hybrid sports car, the i8. However, its newer hybrid powertrains are proving much more popular. A good example of what can be done is the new X5 50e with a 313 hp B58 and a 197 hp electric motor offering a combined 490 hp. Frankly, that sounds like a bad combo, as a 100 hp electric motor with a smaller battery would be suited to the Supra as a sports car.
Best Car also has some interesting renders of the 2026 Supra. They are quite interesting, but it’s important to note that they are purely speculative at this point. The A100 model which they envision has a low, sleek appearance with narrow headlights and an evolutionary design. But unlike European manufacturers, Toyota almost never evolves its designs from one generation to another. The new Supra could look like anything, but it might have similar proportions based on the chassis.