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News Toyota and Mazda Reportedly Working on Twin Sports Cars for 2026

Toyota and Mazda Reportedly Working on Twin Sports Cars for 2026

Toyota Gazoo Racing is leading development with input from Mazda

  • The Toyota would be all-electric.

  • The Mazda might also be electric but include a rotary engine range extender.

Rumours and reports like these give the automotive community hope. For a while, the sports car was all but completely dead but thanks in part to Toyota, it’s in the middle of a resurgence. In the middle because they are apparently working on a future electric sports car that will also serve as the basis for a new sports car for Mazda.

2023 Toyota GR Supra Matte White Edition | Photo: Toyota

Let’s not kid ourselves: Mazda could not and would not go all in for a low-volume sports car on their own. Toyota’s massive resources allow it to dabble here and there and if they can help a neighbor in the process, everybody wins.

Toyota Gazoo Racing is reportedly going to use the automaker’s e-TNGA platform, the same as the bZ4x, as the starting point for this sports car. And other than relying on a dual electric motor configuration, the similarities with the electric SUV end there. The AWD layout said to produce about 500 horsepower will be all-new and is currently being developed with input from Toyota’s World Rally Championship (WRC) team according to Drive.com.

It’s unclear whether this new car will be a new model or potentially replace the current GR Supra. What is clear is that the Mazda that will spawn from the arrangement will be the “successor to the RX-7”.

To keep weight down, the Mazda will apparently use only one rear-mounted electric motor and a smaller battery coupled to a petrol-powered rotary engine range extender.

We can’t wait to find out more.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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