Well, Toyota Motor Philippines has something in store at this weekend's Toyota Vios Racing Festival at the Clark International Speedway apart from just having Vios race cars going around the track.
During the practice sessions for the Vios autocross which is also happening at the speedway in Clarkfield, Pampanga, Toyota brought in a car carrier with a suspiciously covered vehicle. And according to our contacts and after seeing the actual keys of the vehicle, we can confirm it's the 2019 Supra, the all-new sports car from Toyota, and it will be making a very special appearance at the event.
Toyota held the world premiere of the Supra at the Detroit Motor Show (or North American International Auto Show) in the United States earlier this year. The new sports car is the fifth generation of the name, nearly 17 years since the 4th generation, or Mark IV, was discontinued.
The styling of the Supra was based on the FT-1 concept that Toyota even brought into the Philippines for the Philippine International Motor Show in 2016.
The fifth generation Supra was co-developed with BMW, and actually has one of their engines: a 340 horsepower, 500 Newton-meter 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six. It's matched with an 8-speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels.
Toyota says the 2019 Supra can do a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds.
Much like the sports car project between Toyota and Subaru which yielded the 86 and BRZ, respectively, the Toyota-BMW project also spawned another BMW model which was the Z4. It will be launched next week by BMW Philippines.
Other international variants of the Supra have less power such as the SZ-R which has 258 PS, while the SZ has 197 PS. No manual gearbox options are available.
The appearance of the Supra at this weekend's Vios Racing Festival will be the first time the new generation model will appear in the Philippines. If our memory serves, this will also be the first time the Supra name will be in the Philippines as an official vehicle, as the previous generations were never launched here.
So if you want to get a glimpse of the Supra in action, head on over to the Clark International Speedway for the Toyota Vios Racing Festival. Admission is free.