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Toyota & BMW Team Up to Reignite the Supra Flame

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After the Toyota Supra was discontinued in 2002, the manufacturer was reluctant to proclaim a successor to the acclaimed sports car, ultimately handing the reins to its Celica model. Now, with the BMW Z4 approaching its own discontinuation, both Toyota and the German company have announced their collaboration on two new sports cars that have yet to be named—at least, not officially. In fact, much about these new models is unknown. Their silence has sparked debates not just at our Toyota dealership in Sarasota, but also with others across Florida and the country. What will these new models look like? Are they based on current styles? Will they be released here in America?

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Photo: blog.caranddriver.com

Here’s what we know about the newest Toyota Supra (and BMW Z4) replacements. 

A Sketch of the New Toyota Supra

Not much has been announced about Toyota’s newest sports car. In June of this year, Toyota filed an application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office to trademark the Supra brand name, meaning the new Toyota sports car will likely be brandishing the iconic Supra nameplate. We expect a design that’s inspired by the FT-1, a concept car that debuted in 2014, so the new Supra should be a stark contrast to its nearly two-decade-old predecessor.

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Photo: autocar.co.uk

While much of the Supra is still under a shroud of mystery, we anticipate that it will share a powertrain and four-cylinder similar to those in BMW’s newest model; many reporters have additionally indicated that the Toyota Supra will come available with both hybrid-electric and gasoline engines. The latest information suggests that the Supra will have all-wheel drive, multilink rear suspension, differential housing, and an available twin-turbo V6 that produces approximately 400 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque—all in the vein of BMW’s. No details regarding the implementation of a manual transmission are available, but we imagine any sports car worth its own weight would have the option.

Not surprisingly, pricing hasn’t been announced for the new Toyota sports car, but all roads lead to it being seated alongside or above the Toyota 86 model in sticker value.

Although the Supra remains a mystery, the Z4’s replacement sports car is expected to be named the Z5. As a compromise with Toyota, BMW made the Z5 wider and longer than its predecessor—likely a statement that both the Supra and Z5 will be framed around the same or a similar chassis. Multiple Car and Driver sources suggest that a performance-focused hybrid system and four-cylinder 2.0L or six-cylinder 3.0 engine will sit under the Z5’s hood.

The 2018 Toyota Supra: Soon Available at Our Sarasota Dealership?

Reports have sprung up that neither Toyota nor BMW will officially build these new sports cars; instead, the Supra and Z4 will be manufactured by Magna Steyr of Canada (though production will occur in Austria). According to Kleine Zeitung, an Austrian newspaper, the Magna Steyr plant will ship out short of 100,000 Toyota- and BMW-brand coupes in 2018. We’ll count the days until it arrives.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the reinvented Supra—how about you?

Serving the areas of Bradenton, St. Pete, and Tampa, FL, we’re the local new and used car dealership in Sarasota to trust. Contact us at (855) 826-1499 or stop by our showroom to test drive any of our new Toyota models or pre-owned cars. Frequent our blog and keep your ear to the ground for more details about the new Toyota Supra. And when Toyota’s newest sports cars hit the market, you can be sure Germain Toyota of Sarasota will stock them.

 

Sources:

http://blog.caranddriver.com/toyota-supra-and-bmw-z5-everything-we-know/

http://blog.caranddriver.com/supra-man-toyota-trademarks-iconic-sports-car-name-in-europe/

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-toyota-supra-course-2018-launch

Photo Sources:

http://blog.caranddriver.com/supra-man-toyota-trademarks-iconic-sports-car-name-in-europe/

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-toyota-supra-course-2018-launch

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