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

The hotly anticipated Toyota Supra will have an automatic gearbox and BMW electronics, as shown by a new sighting of a development car's interior.

Photographed testing at the Nürburgring, the two-seater model, which is twinned with the next BMW Z4, features BMW switchgear, including a dash-top infotainment system 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 BMW, 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 - which will have technical links to the ones used in Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid Le Mans car.

Toyota has refrained from revealing any details about its new coupé, 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.

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

Predicted to arrive in 2018, shortly after its Z4 counterpart, the new Supra is the long-awaited successor to Toyota’s discontinued coupé, production of which ended in 2002.

The new Supra will sit above the GT86 in Toyota’s line-up, making it the Japanese brand’s flagship sports car. 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".

28 November 2016
To the new supra it does remind me of the build up to the gt86 launch which was years of pics in disguise before revealing a pretty underwhelming design, or perhaps I was just bored of it before it arrived .

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