It’s nice to see car manufacturers focused on the future, but sometimes a look back at the past can also be fun. Take, for example, the 90s-inspired 2021 Toyota GR Supra Sport Top, which was due to debut at SEMA earlier this year.
Unfortunately, the beautiful semi-open-top concept never got to take its public bow after the annual event was canceled earlier this fall due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But luckily, Toyota released a series of photos of the nostalgic speedster earlier this week.
Inspired by the beloved Supra MKIV, produced between 1993 and 1999, the Sport Top is pretty much last year’s GR Supra Heritage Edition SEMA concept, only without a solid roof. A tribute to the detachable Supras from earlier, the car’s “roof” consists of two 3-D-printed composite panels that can be removed and placed in the trunk, thus transforming the vehicle into a semi-convertible, according to the car manufacturer. And unlike some cars with removable roof panels, there is no center beam connecting the windshield to the rear window, just “just open air as far as the eye can see.”
But that’s not the only difference between the Super Top and the standard 2021 GR Supra. Like the Heritage Edition, this model also has MKIV’s brand “basket handle” rear wing and round taillights along with a brand new diffuser. The rest of the car looks a lot like the current Supra. The curved exterior is finished in alpine white with a piano black canopy top, skirt and racing rims. It also has red side mirrors and brake caliper to match its leather interior.
The concept is said to be powered by the same BMW-sourced inline six as the standard 2021 GR Supra, according to Car and driver. This turbine is capable of producing 382 hp and torque of 368 ft lbs, which is good for increase of 47 horsepower and 3 ft lbs twist compared to the 2020 model.
Unfortunately, the GR Supra Super Top is just a concept for now. Given the hefty reception photos have received along with the fact that the sports car is aimed at enthusiasts, there may be hope for a semi-open-top variant of the GR Supra yet.