The 2018 Toyota Supra is closer than ever and i’m sure that almost everyone has seen or heard of the Toyota FT-1 Concept previewed earlier and teased numerous times. It has to be one of my all time favorite concept to date and I would hate to see it go to waste, although we all know it’s probably going to loose a lot of elements to satisfy production needs.
Toyota Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada wants this too, in-fact he is adamant at getting the Supra name revived through the Toyota FT-1 concept project with BMW. Just like the Toyota 86 that shares everything with the Subaru BR-Z – The new 2018 Toyota Supra would share everything with the BMW Z5 although they would look significantly different and probably have different powertrains.
Toyota recently trademarked the nameplate “Supra” in Europe for their planned release of the 2018 Toyota Supra seeing that BMW has already started testing their new 2018 BMW Z8 on public roads with many spy shots surfacing over the internet.
Tada says that the project is going well, “We’re testing all over the world too, not just Fuji or Nürburgring, but all [around] the world.” So expect something more along the lines of a grand-tourer car that isn’t all track focused with a harsh suspension . Instead both companies are planning on reviving their cars (BMW wants a successor to the Z4 and Toyota wants to rival the GT-R) in hopes targeting that lost market.
The sad news is; the 2018 Toyota Supra might feature a hybrid powertrain that consists of a downsized small turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, although not confirmed yet but sources are insisting both manufacturers want hybrid units in their new sportscars. Would it be a 4-cylinder turbocharged unit? Or would we get a revised 2JZ engine?