This decade is shaping up as an homage to the 1990s era – only with much better internet and that thing called social media. Just think about it – Clinton is running, Pokemon is fashionable again and the Toyota Supra is coming back.
According to the latest rumors flying across the mill, the supercar is scheduled to reappear on the market sometime in 2018, after its architecture brother from BMW had already been showcased. There’s still no decision where to produce the duo but the reports are strongly suggesting the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, Austria, is the main contender. “One part of the next phase will be deciding who builds the car – which company and in which country. We need to find out where the markets are and whether the biggest markets are the same for both companies,” commented BMW board member Ian Robertson.
Of course, the Supra when is introduced will show us the inspiration it took from the FT-1 concept we see here, with a high-tech construction and a more complex powertrain placing the Supra way above the GT86 level. The expectations call for a modification of the original layout – six cylinder engine with RWD. Now it appears the Supra will make use of a BMW gasoline and electric motor for a hybrid all-wheel drive layout. But it won’t compete with the German offering: “The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings. The concept works, the platform can deliver and now we have two proud sets of engineers – one group German, one group Japanese – who are each fighting and arguing for the car they want,” added the executive.