The company has finally elected to resuscitate its long-dormant Supra Sports Car nameplate, with recent news claiming that the 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo is on the way. The Toyota developed this new coupe in an exclusive partnership with BMW. The well-versed source informed us that the inbound Supra Turbo shares the same platform with the convertible Z4.
Although the two brands did an excellent job of thwarting the information from leaking, we somehow got some precious little details concerning the Supra’s underpinnings. The Toyota insider communicated to us not long ago, enlightening us that the reworked Supra would feature a manual gearbox. Also, the plans for a turbocharged V6 engine were not ruled out.
2019 Toyota Supra Turbo – Body Style Changes
As mentioned above, the 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo is made in collaboration with BMW. What’s more interesting is that Toyota built the previous model in Japan, but this one is going to be crafted by BMW alongside their inbound convertible Z4. The two vehicles will not only share the same platform, but they will also convey pretty much the same features.
The incoming Supra gets roughly the same exterior dimension, wheelbase and track width as the Z4. However, it only comes in a 2-door coupe or a Targa-top form. While Toyota went mute about this model, we’ve spied it testing more than once.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that the 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo model gets a polarizing design. Its front end is mostly based on the fourth-generation Supra version. The reason is that they both share the same headlights and extended hood. On the other hand, its bumper and intakes are identical to the ones spotted on the FT-1 Concept. The new Supra is shorter and more compact than its sibling, though.
The upcoming 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo flaunts a recessed cabin, but the roof displays a dual-canopy design that resembles what we see on some supercars. The spied prototype of the inbound 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo features an exciting interior. It boasts almost the same interior setup as BMW’s current lineup of vehicles.
It shares the same swivel-control wheel, iDrive infotainment system and even steering wheel with the incoming Z4. Over the convertible Z4, the new Supra is likely to convey a different set of materials, different seats, as well as an overhauled instrument cluster. The rest of the interior is just carried over from the Z4, which is impressive given that BMW’s interiors are thrilling lately.
2019 Toyota Supra Turbo – Powertrain Setup
The Toyota rep rebuked the previous claims that the 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo would use a BMW-sourced I-6 engine. Instead, he said it would use a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine that is co-developed between Toyota and BMW. This engine is supposed to spew beyond 400 horsepower.
There is also the possibility for a rumored hybrid powertrain. Our insider added that a hybrid variant might become available. The hybrid Supra is likely to use the same system featured in the Lexus LC500h. This is a combination of a 220kW/348Nm 3.5-liter V-6, a 132kW/300Nm electric power, and a lithium-ion battery pack.
The source did not comment anything regarding an inline-four cylinder engine that had earlier been rumored. Previously, unconfirmed reports had claimed the likelihood for a turbocharged inline-4 cylinder petrol unit derived from BMW’s 30i models. Conservatives would love to have a 6- or 7-speed manual gear lever at the center console.
The new model will be presented at the Tokyo Motor Show
The timing for the 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo is not yet precise, but it is possible that Supra will make the presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show in mid-2018. The first customer deliveries will likely arrive toward the end of that same year. We will let you know about the prices as soon as the debut date draws nearer. Stay tuned as we shall be updating this space any time.