The Japanese automaker is giving a full water run to the rumor mill after recently registering the “Supra” moniker with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
With a very recent filing date of 03/06/2016, this trademark is still more than two years late since Toyota registered this iconic nameplate with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This means patient fans might after all get rewarded to the return of the legendary sports car – with the reports billing it as the product of the collaboration with BMW. The two automakers entered an agreement in order to jointly develop a new sports car – and they signed the papers way back in 2013. We think we know the BMW model will be used to replace the Z4 and might be called the Z5.
Meanwhile the Toyota is more enticing for car aficionados because it’s rumored to get the “Supra” badge for the long-awaited fifth iteration of the model. The Internet also quips about the latter being inspired by the strong statement FT-1 concept originally introduced in January 2014 at the Detroit Motor Show. The gossip also puts both models on the production lines in 2018 in Graz, Austria at Magna Steyr’s assembly facility with annual turnover of about 60,000 units. If that’s correct we should expect both to be revealed sometimes at the end of the year or during 2017. The technical specifications are still mysterious, but the mill talks about BMW engines for both – except for a powerful hybrid powertrain coming courtesy of Toyota.