Several weeks ago, I reported on a Toyota GR GT3 supercar concept that had just been unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan’s biggest car customizing show. At that time, very little was known about this car as Toyota’s Gazoo Racing—the firm’s racing and customizing arm—revealed absolutely no engine or transmission specifications sufficing to say that the car may be a base for a future GT3 racing car. Apart from the sleek, long-nosed machine on the stand, that was the extent of information available.
Now, according to Japan’s biggest selling car magazine, Best Car, we are learning that the Toyota Group is in preparations to launch what could be called an “LFA Part II,” a road going supercar that will follow in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed yet now out-of-production Lexus LFA and will vie with the most powerful hypercars in the world.
First things first. The as yet unnamed supercar—let’s just call it the GR GT3 Concept—will not be battery powered as some publications had suggested, saying that the twin exhaust pipes were mere eye candy to throw media off the scent. Guess what, those exhaust pipes are real and have a definite purpose.
Expected to launch in 2025, sources tell us that this Japanese hypercar will be powered by a newly developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine developing 710-hp and mated to a next-generation plug-in hybrid system that will boost the car’s combined horsepower to a neck snapping 940-hp.
Employing a reinforced Toyota GA-L platform similar to that used on the Lexus LC, the rear-drive GR GT3 concept will incorporate a rear transaxle setup and end up in two distinctly different versions—one for the race track and one for the showroom.
Proportion-wise the Toyota looks very similar to the long-nosed, short rear decked Mercedes-AMG GT, but features design traits seen on the original Lexus LFA of 2011. Those include a long wheelbase and short overhangs as well as LFA-like rear air vents, supposedly to cater to the radiators and electric fans for cooling the powertrain.
The original V10-powered LFA was offered in a limited run of 500 cars and sold for $375,000. Last year, a rare Nurburgring Edition LFA sold for $2.3 million, showing just how valued this car is on the supercar market. In contrast, the new ‘LFA II’ is expected to sell for between $250,000 and $300,000 when it goes on sale in 2025.
As Toyota ramps up its battery electric vehicle lineup, with plans to launch no less than 30 BEVs by 2030, the company appears as if it wants to exit the internal combustion era with a bang by producing the most powerful Japanese supercar ever.