31st Oct 2018 1:50 pm
New Toyota Supra will share BMW Z4’s platform; to get a BMW-sourced straight-six engine.
The Toyota Supra is slated to return to the carmaker’s line-up after a gap of 17 years (last produced in 2002). The car will be launched at the Detroit motor show in January and will go on sale soon after. The development of this all-new model started in 2012 as one of a series of projects between Toyota and BMW and will be produced alongside the new BMW Z4.
On the mechanical front, power comes from a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre straight-six engine making around 340hp and 475Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Supra, which also features a BMW M Active limited-slip differential, weighs around 1,500kg (14kg lighter than the fourth-generation Supra) and has a 50:50 weight distribution. Its body will be constructed of a blend of steel and aluminum.
The complete styling of the car hasn’t been revealed yet, but key elements such as the front lights, bumpers and rear splitter, dashboard with digital instrument display give us some hints as to what the production car will look like. The new Toyota Supra received its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, with a close-to-production camouflaged prototype.