The much-awaited Supra revival has been spotted up close at BMW's M Test Center located in Germany at the Nürburgring.
[update] A second video has been added at the end of the article.
It was only yesterday when we shared a batch of fresh photos with the BMW Z5 and now our spies have sent us a video with its Japanese alter ego expected to revive a legendary moniker: Supra. The “Boyota” represents a joint effort between BMW and Toyota for a new sports car set to be offered by both marques. In the case of the Bavarians, it will serve as a replacement for the now defunct Z4, so it will take the shape of a roadster, but with a fabric top instead of the Z4’s metallic roof. As for the Toyota version, it’s going to be a coupe with a different design than its German counterpart and will quite possibly be blessed with the “Supra” badge.
Being so early in the testing phase, it’s no wonder the prototype is clad in camouflage and it doesn’t even have the production headlights and taillights. It would be futile to talk about its design since the appearance of the test vehicle is not relevant in relation to the production car. That being said, the styling of the new Supra will probably have a lot in common with the rather stunning FT-1 concept (pictured below) introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
In terms of what will power the sports car duo, it is believed the Z5 and Supra will feature turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines developed by BMW. However, reports are indicating there’s also going to be a beefier hybrid derivative with the electric bits from Toyota. The latter has already revealed it’s working on a hybridized powertrain, but it’s not known at this point whether the resurrected Supra will indeed have it.
Rumor has it the cars are going to be produced in Austria by Magna Steyr and both are programmed to hit the assembly line in 2018. The plan is to make a total of around 60,000 units per year and further down the line there might also be a Z5 Coupe.
Expect an official reveal of the sports cars to occur in the second half of 2017, with the stronger hybrid model likely to arrive later during the life cycle.