Toyota is a brand known for its affordability, but that core ethos won’t find its way into the automaker’s forthcoming supercar.
In a recent interview with Motoring, Toyota Australia sales and marketing chief Sean Hanley provided a rough idea of how much the production version of the GR Super Sports Concept might cost. Asked if it would cost $1 million AUD (about $730k USD), Hanley said it’s going to be “at that hypercar level,” in regards to pricing. That means it will probably cost anywhere from $700k USD to up to or over $1 million USD.
While a high six-figure or low seven-figure estimate is probably accurate, Hanley admits that he knows very little about the GR Super Sports.“We don’t even know when cars will be available, what markets they will go to and where they will be road registerable and where they won’t,” he said. The latter part of that sentence is particularly interesting. The GR Super Sports Concept shares a carbon fiber tub and 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the automaker’s Le Mans-winning TS050 LMP1 racecar. It’s essentially a road-going Le Mans car, and judging by Hanley’s statements, it will be so hardcore that it may not even road legal in all parts of the world.
When Toyota first announce the GR Super Sports earlier this year, it said it wanted to take what it learned competing in the WEC’s top class and directly apply it to a road car.
“We started this project because we believe that creating a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid greatly adds to Toyota’s involvement in the WEC,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama. “And at some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance.”
The GR Super Sport, which will probably take on a different name in production form, is expected to arrive after the A90 Toyota Supra. With the Supra set to debut in early 2019, we probably won’t see Toyota’s six- or seven-figure hypercar until at least 2021.