The new generation of the Toyota Supra is expected to arrive in 2018. But there are some people skeptic about it. For them, we have the image below to ensure Toyota wants to use the Supra name again. It is the proof the Japanese carmaker has registered it in Europe, as the image shows, after having secured it in the USA about 2 years ago.
The new Supra, or whatever Toyota decides to call it, is being jointly developed with BMW. The German automaker intends to use the new coupé as the replacement for the Z4, probably naming it Z5. The project is codenamed Silk Road, a reference to the old commercial route that connected Asia and Europe. Or Toyota and BMW, in this case.
The new Supra will have some styling cues from the FT-1 concept, presented in 2014, but will be smaller than it. According to reports, it will be 4.50 m long, 1.84 m wide and 1.34 m tall, with a wheelbase of around 2.50 m. Total weight is estimated at 1,300 kg for the petrol only version and 1,500 kg for the hybrid. The FT-1 was 4.68 m long, 1.97 m wide, 1.23 m tall and had a wheelbase of 2.74 m.
Both cars will share an aluminum chassis, probably the same one used by the BMW i8, and the 3.0 6-cylinder in line TwinPower engine sourced by BMW. They are also expected to be produced in Austria by Magna Steyr, at a pace of 60,000 units a year. Apart from that, each model will have its own looks and character. Toyota will probably apply hybrid technology to make the Supra more fuel-efficient and faster, while BMW will probably stick with the internal combustion engine. The petrol only version of the cars is expected to deliver 250 kW. The hybrid version will count on 353 kW. With a 50/50 weight distribution, as all BMW cars present.