Yes, I’m going there. Here’s the thing – the car looks cool, and the first drive we had in the prototype was impressive. It’s got a gutzy inline-six up front driving the rear wheels, and it’s got undeniable stage presence. But is it a Supra? Judging the car strictly on its merits, it should be an exceptional machine. However, this is one of those rare times where the merits alone don’t tell the whole story.
Toyota literally spent 12 years on the return of this storied nameplate, and the result is a reskinned BMW. We knew the partnership was there, and we knew the Supra would share a platform with the new Z4. We were also told the Supra would be uniquely Toyota, because the automaker spent two years telling us as much while testing prototypes in plain sight on the road. And when the new Z4 debuted last August. And during the past year, through so many teasers and "leaks" that we lost count. Now that it’s finally here – after 12 years if anticipation – we literally have a less-powerful BMW Z4 with no manual transmission, featuring BMW mechanicals, a BMW interior, and hell, even BMW warning chimes. The Supra might be a good car, but as the months progress I suspect this much-anticipated Supra revival will be shunned not only by Toyota’s core audience, but by many disappointed enthusiasts.
Chris Smith, Contributing Writer