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The Toyota FS1 has been one of my favourite concept cars of the last couple of years. Announced in 2016 with rumours that it might take up the Supra mantel. Big boots to follow, the supra was a power house of the mod and drifting world and great fun to drive. Even now if you get behind the wheel of a standard twin turbo from the nineties you can still see and feel the appeal. Just enough power to keep you gripped to the steering wheel but not enough grip which made you respect it a little more in the corners. Probably the reason the Fast and Furious movies are littered with Supras. When it was later announced it was going to be built with BMW sharing a new Z4 or even Z5  chassis and the possibility of BMW's V6 twin turbo being married with Toyota's hybrid power. Would this be another high tech, drifting rear wheeled monster. 

Then last year this concept model (with a Supra badge) was announced. 300 BHP and a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. It has the BMW chassis that is going to be used in the new Z4 with near perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The big promise Toyota's next sports car will be a tremendously enjoyable car to drive. But with one hand they give and the other they take away. No manual gear box option. But i can live with that. I mean look as those lines, those arches, the lights. The mirrors might not be to everyone's taste but i think they are great. This is still a great looking car with head turning Alfa Romeo esk head turning looks. Fast forward to 2019 and the release of the New Supra. 

Well to say I'm disappointed is an understatement. It looks more like a face lift MX5 than a supporting actor in the next Fast and Furious franchise. I no longer care about the drive or the power train the possible hybrid V6  or the whatever ... and to make matters worse the new Z4 is going to be cheeper. Well done Toyota you have made a very pretty car very average. I'm off to go look at a Z4. 

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