Toyota’s and BMW partnership is in full swing and their most anticipated product is undoubtedly the 2018 Toyota Supra. The legendary sports car has been untimely discontinued back in 2002 will be making its resurgence to the segment in the upcoming model year. The two companies are also working on the the next-generation BMW Z4, but it has largely stayed in the shadows of the news of the reborn Supra.
What’s new with the Toyota Supra?
The original Supra had everything going for it before its untimely discontinuation back in 2002, two doors, engine in the front, power to the rear, and, of course, the manual transmission with three pedals. Everything you could ever ask for in a sports car. But, unfortunately, this newly revived model of the Supra doesn’t seem to be following in the footsteps of its legendary predecessor. Some new spy images revealing the interior of the new Supra, clearly show a BMW shifter. We could have probably guessed this already since hybrid vehicles with manual transmissions are as rare as they come. But these new images only confirm what we have known already, Toyota isn’t going to be the one that will take that bold step forward and offer three pedals in a hybrid.
Engine and Powertrain
The 2018 Toyota Supra will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine that is being produced solely by BMW. Furthermore, Toyota will then couple up this 2.0 liter engine with their own ‘super conductor hybrid’ technology, making the new 2018 Toyota Supra a bona-fide plug-in hybrid. The two companies are yet to release performance output numbers, but by our estimate, the new model could easily produce up to 350 horsepower.
The new Supra is set to be geared like a sports car with but as Autocar reports, both the new Supra and the new-generation Z4 will send power to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system. However, we’ll have to see it to believe it since both of these models were once rear-wheel drive, but unless BMW and Toyota have something special up their sleeves, it is most likely that these two models will lose the rear-wheel drive dynamic and gain understeer in the process.
We’ll have to wait and see what Toyota has in store for the new Supra model. Will they go the route of the new Acura NSX and use an entirely new technology and powertrain at the expense of driving pleasure, or will they create a raw driving experience despite plug-in hybrid powertrain. There are still a lot of questions to be answered and we can’t wait to see the finished product, because the hardware tells the whole story.
The aforementioned spy shots also reveal a familiar BMW styling inside the cabin. But, Toyota will surely add some of its own touches to the design. The new model seems to feature a dash-top infotainment system with an accompanying rotary dial controller on the central tunnel. Spy images also give us a glimpse at the BMW heating control buttons. From the outside, some of Toyota’s signature features like the hard top roof can already be spotted. Many of the design lines of the new model were lifted straight from the striking FT-1 Concept, not at all a bad model to draw parallels to. The 2018 Toyota Supra will be underpinned by the same platform as the upcoming Z4, meaning BMW’s carbon fiber construction that is featured in the likes of i3, i8 and 7 Series will be present throughout the Supra body. The new Supra is confirmed to be only made available as a coupé.
2018 Toyota Supra Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Supra is yet to get an official release date. It is expected to arrive sometime during the 2018 model year. The pricing information is also being kept a secret for the time being, but by our estimate the starting price could amount to anywhere from $50.000-$60.000.