Geneva: Toyota Supra Concept showcased

The Geneva show car hides the much-anticipated new production car behind GT3-esque styling and race tweaks

Toyota unveiled the GR Supra Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

All of these details are somewhat moot, of course, given that this is just a concept - albeit one clearly very heavily influenced by the upcoming production auto.

Even though we've been saying that it's coming back for the past few years, Toyota has officially confirmed that it's bringing back one of its most iconic models - the Supra.

Toyota Australia's vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley says the Supra is one of Toyota's most significant badges, and its return is something Toyota wants to get right. Its enduring popularity has been helped by its success as a popular model in the Gran Turismo driving simulator on PlayStation consoles, and as a starring auto in the first film in The Fast and the Furious movie series.

The Supra ended production with its fourth-gen model in 2002, but not without being gaining the distinction of being Toyota's most powerful production vehicle. The original Supra was launched in 1978 and was known as the A40; it was followed by the A60 in 1981, the A70 in 1986 and the A80 in 1993. Front-engines, rear drive - with such a concept, you can have the greatest amount of fun to enjoy a drive in the world. Considering the choice of words, it's highly likely the Toyota GR Supra will remain a Gran Turismo exclusive vehicle for at least a limited time.

The logic behind releasing a racing concept before the production version stems from the firm's belief that competing in motorsport can directly help make better road cars. The GT Supra Racing Concept features a rear-wheel drive configuration and utilizes "advanced lightweight materials" in its construction. The BBS racing wheels are fitted with Michelin tires. The braking system uses Brembo Racing calipers and discs and there is a racing exhaust. The door panels are made of carbon-fibre and the cabin is about what you'd expect for a racer, down to the roll-cage and fire extinguisher. However, following concepts revealed a year ago, Toyota has been the first to flinch and give a closer look at what we can expect from the finished road auto. The Supra GR was developed in conjunction with BMW's research and development team, and sources have said that the two cars will share suspensions setups and powertrains in their production guises.