The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show Will Bring Back A Lot of Legendary Sports Cars!

Mar 28, 2017 08:56 PM EDT | BC Tabotabo

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show Will Bring Back A Lot of Legendary Sports Cars!

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will happen in October later this year. This is Japan's signature car event which even showcases future sports cars and concept cars.

In the photo, is an artist's rendering of the upcoming next-gen Toyota Supra.
(Photo : Viral Vehicles/YouTube)

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will happen in October later this year. This is Japan's signature car event which even showcases future sports cars and concept cars.

According to a report by Forbes, the event had such prestige in the past. But slowly, it became a second-rate event in the international car scene. This was due to the rising popularity of the Beijing and Shanghai Motor Shows. In addition, Korean cars started to eat into Japan's global market as well.

But this October looks to be different. The Japanese car industry is bringing back a lot of heavy hitters for this year's event. The highly-anticipated Toyota Supra will debut at the event! In addition, the Honda S2000, Mazda RX-9 rotary concept, and the Nissan Z concept will also be there.

Toyota Supra. The next generation Supra is a joint project with BMW. It will use the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the upcoming BMW Z5. Three powertrains are expected from the new Supra: Toyota's 255 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, a 340 horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 paired with an up to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission, and a 2.5-liter hybrid.

In a report by Auto Car, it is expected to only be available in a fixed-roof coupe style while the Z5 will be a roadster only. This move was done in order to make sure that there would be no overlap in sales between the jointly developed cars.

This new Supra was first previewed at the 2014 Detroit motor show. It is expected to come sometime in 2018. It is highly-awaited because the last Supra went out of production in 2002. The sports car is believed to be one of the Japanese car maker's greatest performance vehicles.

Nissan Z Concept. The legendary Z-car will finally make a long-awaited comeback for this year! It has been over eight years since the Nissan 370Z was shown at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. This year, it adds a longer hood and front to its next generation Z concept.

Artists' impressions of the car reveal that it will likely employ similar proportions as the outgoing coupe. This time, however, it will get an edgier exterior with a more accented grille similar to the latest GT-R facelift.

It will have three powertrains to offer. The flagship 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo, which comes from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, will be capable of 405 horsepower and paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. This puts it up against Porsche's 718 Boxster S and the BMW M2.

A 500 horsepower hybrid is also rumored to be in the works. This makes it the most powerful hybrid in the class.

The new coupe is expected to hit showrooms in 2019. The base model will start at around $32,000 while the twin-turbo model will go for approximately $50,000.

Honda S2000. Next year, Honda will welcome its 70th anniversary. The automaker wants to celebrate in style with an all-new S2000 complete with new technology. The original S2000 was launched 20 years ago in 1998 during Honda's 50th anniversary.

The coupe is a celebrated model and Honda wants to make sure it stays special. The new S2000 is expected to come with a unique chassis and a new powertrain. It will employ a two-stage electric turbocharging system with a 2.0-liter engine capable of around 320 horsepower.

Mazda RX-9 Rotary Concept. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the company's first rotary-powered car - the Cosmo Sport. Mazda will likely reveal another rotary this October.

During the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled the RX Vision rotary concept. This made heads turn and everyone excited for its 2020 release in showrooms. It will coincide with the company's centenary year.

The new rotary is expected to be the RX-9 rotary. It will likely incorporate electrification in the form of a turbo and hybrid combination. It is expected to have over 400 horsepower and improved mileage. It will also clean up the current R-8 rotary's emissions.

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will be awesome! Of the four cars mentioned, which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts and comments below.

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