For years, the prospect of a reborn Toyota Supra was shrouded in equal parts of informed speculation and smoke and mirrors. The new Supra isn’t available yet, but Toyota has finally officially confirmed its return, and it even showed off a motorsports-themed Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show this year.
The production Supra, codeveloped with BMW in a joint-venture project that will also result in a new Z4, will likely look very similar to the concept seen here, which means we can expect a long hood, a flowing greenhouse and wide hips for this rear-wheel-drive coupe. The rumormill continues to be in full swing about what sort of engines and transmissions will be available, but we’re betting on an inline six-cylinder engine (thanks, BMW!), although there could be other variants in the future, perhaps even with hybrid power. No official word yet on when we’ll see the Supra’s official reveal, but it’ll likely be after the next BMW Z4, which is expected this summer.
It's no secret that there's a lot of BMW riding underneath the new Toyota Supra that I was just lucky enough to drive. An awful, awful lot of BMW. The engine, transmission, chassis and much of the rest of the machine that lies under the skin is far more DTM than JDM. That's not a bad thing, because BMW makes a fine car, but if you had visions of two automotive behemoths working hand-in-hand all day and then going to share some brats and tonkatsu after hours, think again.
At the first drive of the prototype in Madrid, Supra Assistant Chief Engineer Masayuki Kai said that his team hasn't spoken with anyone from BMW since 2014. That's just two years after the 2012 partnership began.
"We agreed on the packaging," Kai said, "like where is the hip-point of the driver, what's the wheelbase, the width, where's the fuel tank, where's the A-pillar, this was around the middle of 2014... After that we completely separated our team. After that, no communication with each other."
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