A joint venture between Toyota and BMW was formed at the beginning of 2013 to produce a sports car under each brand. While it is clear that the boffins at BMW is working on a Z4 replacement likely to be called the Z5, the picture of the Toyota’s iteration still remains murky. But in June 2016, Toyota has trademarked the iconic “Supra” moniker with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This has pointed squarely at a reinvention of the tuner favourite, the Toyota Supra. The design of the new sports car is likely to be heavily influenced by the FT-1 concept originally unveiled in the 2014 Detroit Motor Show.
Autocar says that the new car will be released in 2018, according to the information they received from undisclosed sources. Both the BMW and Toyota cars that share the same platform will be produced in the same factory. The location will be confirmed only after assessing the markets for both the companies. The Supra will be placed above the Toyota 86 in their lineup.
While the old Supra was a rear-wheel-drive, the new model is rumoured to sport an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain. Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the team which usually takes care of the engineering for Toyota’s endurance racing machines and rally cars, has revealed in an interview with AutoRAI that they have a turbocharged hybrid engine under development. They were reluctant to even hint at the cylinder configuration or the engine size. We still can’t be certain that this engine is the real deal, but the technical specifications and the stage of development the engine is in, fits well with the rumours connected to the new Supra. So if we find the same engine in the new Supra when it comes out, we won’t be surprised.