2018 Toyota Supra

New 2018 Toyota Supra coming next year! For quite some time
(since 2012), a rumor had been doing rounds on the internet
about a joint venture between BMW and Toyota.

Finally, we can reveal that one of the results of the
collaboration is a brand new sports car which will be the
successor of the Toyota Supra. The collaboration will also see
BMW produce a successor of the BMW Z4, the model is christened
the “BMW
Z5”.  Read along for more details:

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FT-1 Concept

2018 Toyota Supra Exterior

The development of the vehicle has been shrouded in secrecy
such that only few staff in Toyota knew of the existence of the
model. BMW is in charge of the chassis development which will
underpin both cars. The body of both models will extensively
use carbon fiber, and aluminum to keep weight as minimum as
possible. Reports indicate that the chassis will use a
“frame-based format” which will enable both automakers to
produce cars that are very different from each other.

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As of now, only little is known about the vehicle’s exterior
styling. However, we believe the model will adopt most of the
Toyota FT-1 concept styling cues. The FT-1 was first showcased
in 2014. The FT-1 was an upgrade of the 2007 Toyota FT-HS
concept which was the first hint that Toyota was considering a
Supra successor.

Despite a 7-year gap between the two concepts, they have many
similarities which mean the 2018 Toyota Supra’s exterior will
adopt most styling cues from the FT-1.

While not much is known about its exterior, both the Supra and
the BMW Z5 will have a length of around 177 inches, a width of
72 inches and a height of around 52 inches, almost the same
size as the Porsche 911.

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2018 Toyota Supra Interior

Like the exterior, the interior of the 2018 Toyota Supra will
likely borrow much of its styling cues from the FT-1 concept.
However, the cabin won’t be overly race-focused. Rather, the
cabin will strike a balance between convenience and luxury
offerings. This will enable the new Supra to give the likes of
the
Acura NSX a run for their money.

Therefore, expect to find a more conventional center stack, a
stylish instrument cluster and a revised dash which will be
adopted from the FT-1. I don’t expect the steering wheel to be
much sporty.

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Engine Specs and performance

On the drive-trains front, BMW will provide their turbocharged
3.0 L, 6-cylinder engine which is rated at 335 hp and 331 lb-ft
of torque.

The Supra will also be powered by a hybrid engine which will
pair the BMW-supplied 3.0 L mill with a Toyota-supplied
lithium-ion battery pack to power the plug-in version of the
Supra. This package will produce 473 horses.

According to reports, The Supra will forego a weaker engine so
as not to overlap with the upcoming Scion
FR-S.

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Price and release date

We have learned that the 2018 Toyota Supra is in an advanced
development stage as of this writing. The model may be
showcased at an international Auto show early next year
with  a debut at the Detroit Auto Show or at the Geneva
Auto show the likely  destinations.

As for the price, the automaker has remained tight lipped but
we believe the model will attract in excess of $50,000. The
Toyota Supra will however be offered on sale in the last
quarter of 2017 or early 2018.

Competition

The 2018 Toyota Supra will rival the upcoming Acura NSX. This
will be a difficult fete for the Supra to achieve considering
the NSX is way more powerful and expensive. Acura is in fact
targeting the likes of Audi R8 with
the revived NSX.