The Fate of Toyota’s GR Supra Hangs in the Balance

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The Fate of Toyota's GR Supra Hangs in the Balance
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It looks like the fifth generation Toyota Supra might not last long. A report from Automotive News says that Magna Steyr’s Austrian plant in Graz will stop making both the Supra and its BMW cousin, the Z4 Roadster, in 2026.

If this happens, it would mean that the A90-generation Supra didn’t stick around for very long, even though it’s one of the longest-lasting Supra models since it was first introduced in 1978.

The news about the plant stopping production of these cars came after reports about Magna scaling back its operations. This includes Fisker pausing production of the Ocean, which Magna helps with, and other models like the Jaguar I-Pace, BMW 5 Series, and Jaguar E-Pace ending production. According to the report, after these changes this year, the Z4 and Supra will stop being made in 2026.

BMW and Toyota haven’t confirmed this news yet, but Dave Christ, Vice President of Toyota Motor North America Group, hinted at it by saying, “We partnered with BMW and it’s been successful. We’re evaluating what’s next.” This doesn’t confirm anything, but it suggests that Toyota knows the end might be near.

The Fate of Toyota's GR Supra Hangs in the Balance
GR Supra by Toyota

Before the A90 GR Supra production ends, Toyota plans to release a more intense version expected to have the GRMN (Gazoo Racing Meisters of the Nurburgring) badge. Test models have been spotted at the Nurburgring, showing signs of upgrades like better brakes from the BMW X3 M and a vented hood. There are also rumors that it might get the S58 inline-six engine from the BMW M3 and even a manual transmission.

The Supra has been a big success for Toyota since its return in late 2019. As of the first quarter of 2024, Toyota has sold 23,689 GR Supras in the US. It’s helped Toyota become one of the top-selling sports car brands in America. Although there’s no guarantee the Supra will return for a sixth generation, Toyota’s commitment to its GR brand and the success of models like the GR Yaris and GR Corolla make it a strong possibility.

Plus, Toyota might use its own engines for future Supras instead of BMW engines, which could be an option now that they’ve proven they can make high-performance engines with models like the GR Yaris and GR Corolla.


By Preksha Sharma

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