Tada! It’s Supra
Toyota Today: How did it feel to be asked to helm this project?
Tada-san: It’s a lifelong dream that has now come true. I was very, very happy to be asked to develop the Supra. My mentor was the former chief engineer of the landmark A80 (1993-2002) Supra, Tsuzuki-san. So, I eagerly raised my hand to work on this project, and I was so happy when the work began.
TT: Now that you see the finished product, what are your impressions?
Tada-san: I feel that this car is the last of the old-school nostalgic sports cars. I feel, a little bit, like it’s the end of an era for this kind of car. Before every vehicle becomes an EV or an autonomous vehicle, I wanted to release this car for everyone to enjoy. It’s like a present. It’s a car where you can still enjoy the sound, and still have fun driving it.
TT: Other than the 2020 model, which is your favorite generation of the Supra?
Tada-san: Of course, the A80!
Apart from the current generation Supra, Tada-san calls the A80 his favorite. His mentor, Tsuzuki-san, served as the chief engineer. Naturally, you can see some visual links between the two.
TT: Of course! What does this Supra have that continues the heritage of the past generations?
Tada-san: Where functionality is concerned, an inline six engine and a rear-wheel drive layout is what is carried over as far as heritage. Of course, since my mentor was the Chief Engineer on the A80, that was a huge influence on me. I wasn’t intending to just make a revival of an old car. I wanted to create something brand new, using the newest technology. It’s not a revival, but you could look at this from any angle and recognize it’s a Supra. And I hope everyone feels that way when they look at the car. Like they’re seeing an old friend.
TT: What’s your message to dealers who are getting ready to sell the new Supra?
Tada-san: Sorry for the long wait.