As if we needed any further proof that this decade is just the 1990s with better internet (Clinton running for office, Pokemon relevant, O.J. think pieces, etc.), the Toyota Supra is slated to make a return to the market in 2018.
According to information gleaned from undisclosed sources, Autocar says the new Supra will arrive in 2018 following the the debut of its platform mate from BMW, likely the Z5. No final decision has been made on where the cars will be manufactured, but a quote from BMW board member Ian Robertson suggests that they’ll be built at the same factory, quite possibly Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
“One part of the next phase will be deciding who builds the car – which company and in which country. We need to find out where the markets are and whether the biggest markets are the same for both companies.”
Regardless of where it’s built, when the new Toyota Supra arrives, it’ll have design elements pulled from the FT-1 concept you see above. The marriage of a high-tech constructed body and a complex powertrain will slot the car above the GT86, bringing back the old Toyota one-two sports car punch it had when the Celica and Supra were both in production.
However, unlike the original Supra and Japanese sports cars of the era, the new Supra likely won’t be rear-wheel-drive. Instead of a twin turbo six-cylinder feeding power to the rear wheels, a BMW gas engine and electric motors will power all four of the new Supra’s wheels; similar to competition like the F-Type and TT RS. One car that the new Supra won’t be competing with, however, is it’s platform mate, the BMW Z5.
“The one thing we’re clear on now is that a platform for both companies can work,” said Robertson when speaking to Autocar, “The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings. The concept works, the platform can deliver and now we have two proud sets of engineers – one group German, one group Japanese – who are each fighting and arguing for the car they want.”
Sounds like we, the consumers, are all going to win on this partnership.