Rendering: An Alpina-Branded Toyota Supra - It’s a Love or Hate Affair
Unfortunately it will forever be just a rendering!by Alina Moore, on
Alpina pretty much needs no introduction. For nearly six decades it has been making BMW cars better. Now BMW is working on finalizing a deal that will bring Alpina in house, which means in the future things will look a little bit different.
In 2019 Toyota launched the fifth generation Supra, and while many might be impressed by the quality of the sports car, it is in fact just a rebadged BMW Z4. Well, nearly anyway. So, with the Supra actually being a BMW, what if Alpina was to offer its own interpretation of the compact sports car? It’s okay, go ahead and get mad. I’ll wait.
Of course, the chances of Alpina putting in work on the Toyota Supra are close to zero, but Abimelec Arellano (also known as abimelecdesign on Instagram) asked himself the same question: what if? As crazy as this might sound, especially when you consider Alpina never offered a version for the actual Z4, his work is quite impressive. According to the designer, "the idea came about randomly, and while it seemed like an overused joke at first, the more I thought about it, the more I liked it." The new body kit highlights all the sporty features of the Supra and the classic Alpina wheels are a perfect match. Not to mention that the blue finish with the gold stripes - a classic Alpina livery - fits perfectly. A cool body kit like this will come with a significant power upgrade, but that’s a story for another time.
Now back to the Supra. It shares the same chassis, engine, gearbox, suspension, rear differential, and electronics with the BMW Z4, and it is only the exterior look that differentiates the two. For 2022, the model is offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that delivers a total of 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If Alpina would update the Supra, it would go for the 3.0-liter version, and it could easily bring the final output to more than 500 horsepower.
While we know chances for Alpina to build this Supra are non-existent, maybe the tuner will get inspired and will come with something similar for the BMW Z4. It would be about time for the Z4 to get some sort of attention from the tuner.