For many autonuts out there, there is one ultimate vehicle.

That, my friends, is the Toyota Supra.

While I still do not understand all of the fuss over the original and last generation product, one thing is certain, it has a lasting power for a large percentage of the gearhead population. I guess I can make a similar case for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. For me, until the BRZ comes along I am not intrigued.

Now word is hitting the web that one of Toyota's head honchos has been asked to get to work on the next-gen Supra. Of course this has been a longtime coming and I like to think that the LFA, FR-S/BRZ project and both of their respective praise has sent Toyota in a mad dash to continue its attempt to conquer the sports car kingdom.

That's all good and well, but that begs the question:

What does the next-gen Supra need to compete in today's auto climate? Who should it compete with?

Think -- should it compete with the likes of the BMW M3 or Nissan GT-R?

Don't expect results very soon as EVO notes that Toyoda revealed any successor would take upwards of five years to develop. Not surprising considering how much work went into the creation of the LFA.

Chief Toyota designer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that he has been asked to pen the successor to the Supra - which is in early stages of development.

Speaking to Asia One, Tada confirmed that Toyota President Akio Toyoda has approved a follow-up Supra, to be done 'as soon as possible'...

...The Supra’s development could be in motion as soon as 2014 with Toyoda revealing that any successor 'would need five years to develop...'

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TOYOTA Said To Be Moving Forward With A Next-Gen Supra - What Does It NEED To One Up Everyone Else?

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