At this year's Geneva Motor Show, the much-awaited Toyota Supra 2018/2019 was showcased as the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept, once again stirring up excitement among worldwide car enthusiasts. As some might already know, the said concept has inspired to a joint project between Toyota and BMW, giving birth to a road-going sports vehicle dubbed the BMW Z4. However, although sharing the same original concept, the 5th-generation Supra is said to be 'very different' from the upcoming Z4 despite some similarities in terms of key areas such as the powertrain.
Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The fifth-gen Toyota Supra 2018/2019 will come with a “very different” appearance from the forthcoming BMW Z4
Mr. Tetsuya Tada - Chief engineer for the Supra said that the cooperation with BMW was dissimilar to the last GT86 project co-developed with Subaru. Accordingly, this time, Toyota and BMW first agreed on the concept that both company would like to adopt for their respective development. Then, they moved on to decide the commonalities between two vehicles.
Worth mentioning is that the number of actual similar components are far fewer than many might imagine. While there will be some alike elements in crucial areas, the calibration of the Supra will still be “quite different” from the Z4, leading to a different driving experience between the two cars.
The main common parts still include the engine while the calibration of the Supra will be “quite different” from the Z4
Tada also said that the all-new Toyota Supra 2018/2019 is based on the benchmarks of some Peugeot models like the 911 and also the previous Supras. Supra fans also took part in a survey carried out before the commencement of the project, expressing their expectations of a new Supra equipped with a 6-cylinder engine in a front-engine and rear-drive layout.
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It still remains unclear when it comes to the transmission. Initially, Tada pointed out that the manual will not be offered because the company thinks Supra fans do not consider it a "huge demand", although the interview with Evo discloses that details regarding the issue are still under consideration and it is not completely rejected. The hybrid version is also possible, albeit the interview refers more to future sports cars of the brand as a whole rather than the Supra specifically.
Supra fans expect to get a new Supra equipped with a 6-cylinder engine in rear-drive layout and front-engine
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