UPDATE: The Supra was announced but it now seems that the time has stopped and that the day when we will see 2018 Toyota Supra will never come. Of course, it will but the wait is killing us. Literally!
With every passing day, we got some piece of new info, some spy photo, some simple rumor but nothing substantial yet. In addition to spy photos that come frequently, and that’s a good sign that the work on the car is progressing, now we even have some videos. Supra have been spied testing around Nurburgring.
Not much can be said from the sound on this video but we will sprout to you some rumors. 2018 Toyota Supra allegedly is being powered by BMW’s inline-six four-cylinder engine or by a 2.0-litre four cylinder aided by a pair of BMW’s electric motors. This is stated as a possibility because of Toyota-BMW cooperation. Either way one of these will feature on new Supra and it will be able to produce between 300 and 400 horsepower. Another thing that is a stuff of opinion is that Toyota Supra from this video sounds like it has a V-6 powertrain. The car really sounds like it features a turbo engine so the claims about V-6 could be a real deal. These rumors suggest that Supra is going to get new twin-turbocharged V-6 which will be developed by Lexus for their luxury brand and for some upper Toyotas.
Judging by the sound and moving, new Supra won’t be the fastest car out there but it has some nice handling, accelerates very well on the straight road and is quite well balanced.
There’s no word on the pricing but Toyota has signaled to us that it could be accessible to larger masses so we expect affordable price. The car will hit the markets during the next year as a 2018 model.
Photo gallery from Nurburgring:
Finally! 2018 Toyota Supra is here. The thing that we talked about so much is finally here. As we predicted, first product of BMW’s and Toyota’s cooperation will be the new Supra. Spy photographers have caught, what definitely seems to be the new Supra coupe. From the first few glimpses it is easily to see that new Supra will not be made out of the FT-1 concept. Round lights and somehow oval front end clearly suggest that new model will bee continuation of the older model. On the rear end there is a large spoiler , and full rounded lights, that might not find itself on the production model. From the look of the interior, it’s clear that 2018 Toyota Supra will feature modern infotainment system with large touchscreen on the middle of the dashboard.
When Toyota bought the rights for Supra trademark name in Europe we were almost sure that the Toyota’s and BMW’s child will bare the name Supra. Now, after seeing new model on the spy photos, we can be almost certain that new Toyota’s model will carry on Supra name in the future .
Photo credit: motortrend.com
The Supra has enjoyed the support of quite a few enthusiasts over the years, so it stands to reason that the upcoming 2018 Toyota Supra model will pique the interest of the general public. Given the status and the popularity of the series, it would seem that there is no shortage of eager customers awaiting the newest addition, for the first time since the ’90s. Some of the people that are eagerly expecting the return of the Supra might find themselves disappointed.
Toyota is not planing this new model, that might not even bear the Supra name, to resemble much older versions of the car. FT-1 concept that has long been touted as potential suitor for Supra resurrection is to big and bulky to be even considered a prototype of the new model. Option, that now is the most likely solution and one that has been confirmed by Toyota, is that 2018 Supra Toyota will be build in cooperation with BMW. BMW Z4 platform will be improved, and named Z5, for the next generation of BMW’s linchpin, an it will be transmitted on to the new Supra.
2018 Toyota Supra Exterior Design
The 2018 Toyota Supra is not exactly standing out right now, but with all the hush-hush that surrounds its manufacturer, this is highly a surprise. Once completed, however, this will be another story entirely. Even though they have announced a radically different design, it seems there is still plenty of similarities with the earlier models as well as concepts. Certainly some lines of the design will be taken from the FT-1 concept. It wasn’t confirmed, nor denied, that the car will use the FT-1 as platform for the new Supra. But, what is more likely as we already mentioned, is that the 2018 Toyota Supra will use Z5 platform and that it will not resemble any previous Toyota model.
In fact, major differences to previous Supra’s and available concept models, will be in the line near the vent on the rear fender, as well as the slightly tweaked driver’s door and completely redesign front mask. Front side of the car will be made to accommodate Z5 chassis, and that will make it look more like the BMW or even more like Aston Martin. The new Supra is going to look shorter from the outside, but it remains to be seen whether the passengers will feel this as well. This and the new lights are the only noteworthy changes so far.
Supra’s new Interior
Unfortunately, since this is a 2018 model we are talking about, there is no way of knowing what the new Supra will be like on the inside. Still, judging from its competition that it needs to beat as well as similar models, we should not be surprised if we see a slightly dumbed-down controls and a simplified center stack. The old one seems to be far too demanding in terms of labor and effort on behalf of the driver, so feedback might finally get through to the bigshots in time for this model.
Along with the slightly revised steering wheel, the infotainment system might be the least-tweaked part on this car, and that says something. Also, we are not sure that Toyota and BMW will expand their cooperation in the terms of interior, infotainment and equipment used. Based on this, it is expected that new Z5 and the upcoming Supra might not share any similarities in terms of interior design, so at this point it is really impossible to predict the looks of it.
Engine of new 2018 Toyota Supra
By far, the most mysterious part of the Toyota Supra 2018 is its engine as well as the exact number of configurations that will be on offer once the car is finally built. Rumors go as high as V10’s but the final one is likely going to be a lot milder than that. Most likely, the top of the line will be a hybrid, but that one has yet to be confirmed. Engines that were used on previous Supra models are out of contention, and nothing that Toyota has in store currently doesn’t quite fit the bill. As for the prevailing thought, we are most likely looking at a forced-induction V-6 and/or a hybrid that should total more than 400 hp. It should hit 60 mph in under 6 seconds and top it off at no less than 186 mph.
On the other hand, there is above-mentioned cooperation between BMW and Toyota, that started in 2012. Since then, the two manufacturers worked on creating a car together. Many people believe that first product of this cooperation is the Toyota Supra. So, logically, we might expect that new Supra will actually boast an BMW engine. In contention are BMW’S turbo-charged four and six cylinder engines, that will transmit it’s power either on rear wheels or even on all four wheels.
The 2018 Supra is going to keep us waiting for as long as it takes, given that it took almost two decades for it to resume. Official presentation can be expected somewhere during 2017, probably on Tokyo Auto Show, with 2018 as the year of complete comeback of the Supra to the market. One of the clearest signs that Supra is coming will be the BMW’s announcement of their respected Z5 model. Still, fashionably late as it is, 2018 is not too far off.
Unfortunately, since there haven’t been any of these around in the past few decades – at least no new ones, it is hard to guess the price of the 2018 model. Still, anything between $40,000 and $50,000 is a decent estimate, without additional equipment of course.
Little reminder on how did the old Supra looked like: