The highly anticipated collaboration between Toyota and BMW to build their next sports car has seen much speculation.
The Supra is a cult-classic, featured in movies and video games alike. It’s one of the best sports cars ever produced by Toyota and used examples are still commanding a lot of money. It’s a shame they stopped building it, and apart from the FR-S (now known as “86”), they didn’t really have a real sports car.
The Z4 on the other hand was always a bit of a slow seller. Redesigned as a hard-top convertible in 2008, it just didn’t seem to resonate with buyers. So it makes perfect sense then that Toyota and BMW decided to team up and share the enormous effort it takes to design a brand-new car.
The Supra MKV forums recently posted this first ever video of the Supra prototype testing at the BMW M test centre in Germany.
While it’s highly camouflaged, the classic long hood and short overhangs are the telltale signs of a Rear Wheel Drive sports coupe. There is a bit of the Toyota 86 in the profile and it seems to take styling cues from the radical FT-1 concept, but it’s hard to tell.
There is a distinct whine from the engine— like a supercharger—but is more than likely the sound from an electric motor suggesting that this Supra prototype might have a hybrid powertrain under the hood. The exact configuration is unknown, but reports have said to expect about 400hp, which sounds about right in this day and age.
Here’s hoping that either the BMW or Toyota version retain a straight 6 with a manual transmission in some form or the other.
Is that wishful thinking? It just might be.
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