Anton Andres / CarPix for AutoIndustriya.com | September 07, 2016 22:31
All-new Supra co-developed with BMW
After years of speculation, rumors and crossed fingers, the fifth-generation Toyota Supra may be upon us. Our spies have managed to catch the Supra test mule for the first time ever, quelling doubts of the sports car's revival.
The rumors surrounding an all-new Supra began as early as 2011. That year, BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation technologies. Two years later, Toyota and BMW signed a joint-venture agreement to develop a shared platform for a sports car.
Last year, an insider from Toyota spoke to Motoring, an Australian automotive magazine, and revealed the vehicle's construction, as well as dimensions. The insider adds that the car will be utilizing an aluminum spaceframe chassis and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body construction.
Most recently, Toyota has filed for a trademark for the Supra name in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
With the Toyota-BMW collaboration in motion, the platform of Toyota's upcoming sports car will also serve the basis for the upcoming BMW Z5 roadster. From the looks of it, the Supra is similar in profile with the BMW, with its fender bulges. One significant difference, however, is the top of the car. The BMW will be a top-down while the Toyota, seen here, is a hardtop.
Our spies have also managed to snap a photo of the test mule's interior. Eagle-eyed readers will spot that it mostly features styling elements from BMW, such as the turn signal stalks and center console.
With the car still a few years away, engine specifications are currently speculative. Our spies suggest that the Supra may be powered by a turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engines from BMW. It is also possible that a hybrid option may be part of the powertrain options once the car is released.