Toyota’s New Partnership with BMW will Net a Supra-Like Car
Toyota’s incoming chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada announced in a recent interview that he will like that the new sports car developed in partnership with BMW to be a mid-sized vehicle, similar to the discontinued Supra. Not only would a Supra-like vehicle sell like mad, but he also wants to avoid building a car that overlaps the new GT 86, which was built in cooperation with Subaru.
Uchiyamada considers that making something similar to the GT86 can be “futile,” but the final decision is left to the engineers responsible for developing the future sports car. If Toyota decides to revive the “Supra” nameplate, one that lasted from 1979 through 2002, then it would be to massive fanfare from Supra enthusiasts, which would give it an instant leg-up on the competition.
What we do know so far is that the new sports car will be built on a heavily modified version of the GT86 platform and will likely be powered by an in-line four-cylinder engine from BMW. The engine will be offered by both companies in naturally aspirated, supercharged and turbocharged versions.
We expect to see the concept version at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Click past the jump to read more about Toyota Supra.
The Supra was originally unveiled in 1979 and became one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars ever sold in the U.S. The model saw four different generations, each of them offering a different look and engine lineup.
In the first generation, Toyota offered a a pair of engines that both produced 110 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque. For the second generation, it developed a newly developed 5M-GE engine with an output of 145 horsepower. This engine evolved during the year and for the third generation, it became the 7M-GE with an output of 200 horsepower.
The fourth generation was offered with a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with an output of 220 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged version with an output of 320 horsepower.
Source: Automotive News