Latest shots show Supra's look both inside and out; it'll share its underpinnings and gearbox with the upcoming BMW Z4

The new Toyota Supra, the twin to the upcoming BMW Z4, will launch in 2018 as the brand's new halo model.

The latest sighting of the model showed its production-spec lights and bumpers for the first time. Earlier sightings showed the two-seater sports coupé running with an automatic gearbox and BMW electronics - which comes as no surprise given the technical links between the Z4 and Supra.

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Photographed testing at the Nürburgring, the Supra featured BMW switchgear, including a dashboard-mounted infotainment screen and accompanying rotary dial controller on the central tunnel, as well as BMW heating control buttons and a BMW automatic gearlever.

The Supra is expected to share its automatic gearbox with the Z4, albeit with different ratios, while also incorporating the same hybrid four-wheel-drive set-up, comprised of a BMW petrol engine mated to electric motors with energy stored in supercapacitors. These will have technical links to those in Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid Le Mans race car.

Toyota has refrained from revealing any details about the new Supra, telling Autocar: "We don't comment on future products". However, sources claim that the car's use of a hybrid set-up means it will likely be offered exclusively with an automatic gearbox.

The Supra is built on the same platform as the upcoming Z4, which will use BMW’s carbonfibre architecture from its current i3i8 and 7 Series. However, unlike the convertible Z4, the Supra will only be available as a coupé.

Design influence for the model comes from the FT-1 concept of the 2014 Detroit motor show.

Predicted to arrive in 2018, shortly after the Z4, the new Supra will be the first car to bear the legendary name since production of the fourth-generation model finished in 2002.

It will sit above the GT86 in Toyota’s line-up, making it the Japanese brand’s flagship. It will also be considerably more expensive than the GT86, which is priced from £26,855, due to the Supra's advanced powertrain and construction.

Toyota first demonstrated the performance potential of a hybrid model back in 2013 with the Yaris Hybrid-R concept car, which used a 414bhp set-up comprising a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor on each rear wheel.

Additional reporting by Rachel Burgess

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20 September 2016
So, the GT86 is a Subaru and the new Supra will be a re-skinned BMW. Who will Toyota ask to make the new Celica?

20 September 2016
Not quote, the underlying hybrid tech is Toyota, devleoped from its WEC involvement.

9 November 2016
mpls wrote:

Not quote, the underlying hybrid tech is Toyota, devleoped from its WEC involvement.

exactly

9 November 2016
mpls wrote:

Not quote, the underlying hybrid tech is Toyota, devleoped from its WEC involvement.

exactly

9 November 2016
mpls wrote:

Not quote, the underlying hybrid tech is Toyota, devleoped from its WEC involvement.

exactly

24 September 2016
This is deeply saddening, and I think people will still regard the previous mark Supra as the ultimate in tuner car legacy. I'm simply amazed that they'd pair with BMW - probably one of the most sneered manufacturers around

9 November 2016
archefluxx wrote:

This is deeply saddening, and I think people will still regard the previous mark Supra as the ultimate in tuner car legacy. I'm simply amazed that they'd pair with BMW - probably one of the most sneered manufacturers around

original agreement was a tech swap - toyota get BMW deisel tech and BMW get Toyota Hybrid tech

9 November 2016
archefluxx wrote:

This is deeply saddening, and I think people will still regard the previous mark Supra as the ultimate in tuner car legacy. I'm simply amazed that they'd pair with BMW - probably one of the most sneered manufacturers around

original agreement was a tech swap - toyota get BMW deisel tech and BMW get Toyota Hybrid tech

28 November 2016
Lazy comment.

My last car was a 330D, never missed a beat in three and half years, had 260+ bhp, but did 44 mpg. Not a single glitch in that time, just routine servicing. Lovely handing. Crap interior admittedly though.

Car before that was a 520D, didn't miss a beat in three years, lovely handling, 186 bhp, 45 mpg. Glorious interior, and the best car out of the 23 I've owned over the years.

Ever taken a BMW to pieces or rebuilt one? I have, and they are very well engineered, parts fit together much easier than other brands, because there's not a cheap compromise built in.

New car is a Qasqai as my priorities change, but it's also a satisfying car, but I don't suppose you'd sneer at that though as it's not a premium grand. Looking forward to your comments regarding Audi styling i.e. "just a different enlarge/reduce setting on the copier".

15 August 2017
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

Lazy comment. My last car was a 330D, never missed a beat in three and half years, had 260+ bhp, but did 44 mpg. Not a single glitch in that time, just routine servicing. Lovely handing. Crap interior admittedly though. Car before that was a 520D, didn't miss a beat in three years, lovely handling, 186 bhp, 45 mpg. Glorious interior, and the best car out of the 23 I've owned over the years. Ever taken a BMW to pieces or rebuilt one? I have, and they are very well engineered, parts fit together much easier than other brands, because there's not a cheap compromise built in. New car is a Qasqai as my priorities change, but it's also a satisfying car, but I don't suppose you'd sneer at that though as it's not a premium grand. Looking forward to your comments regarding Audi styling i.e. "just a different enlarge/reduce setting on the copier".

I'll bite.

I'll happily sneer at your Qashqai. I hate the things.Years ago people dithered about in Nissan Sunnys, now they all have huge SUVs.Anything that's hogging an outside lane, or badly parked outside a supermarket - large chance it's a Qashqai.

Have never seen the appeal, it's a Megane estate on jacked up suspension.

You probably hate my car history too, because it has no germanic repmobiles nor "me too" suburbia pretend SUVs. Isn't it great we all have our own opinion?

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