Toyota Supra benefits from BMW Z4 technologies and radical styling from FT-1 concept as seen at Detroit Motor Show
Toyota Supra is returning soon but this time it will be guised in a plug-in Hybrid sports car which is using the underpinnings from German automaker BMW. The all new Supra gets inspiration from the FT-1 conceptshowed at Detroit Motor Show this year. Now the interesting question is: “Is this BMW Supra or Toyota Z4?” Well, the answer is simple: it doesn’t matters at all because both versions have same technology, thanks to the technology sharing deal made between two companies back in 2011. There are several mutual projects going on lately and one of them is the development of fuel cell vehicles. Under this deal, Toyota is sharing its battery technology and joint sports car platform with BMW.
Toyota Supra concept
It is clearly evident now that the bases for next generation BMW Z4 will also provide the bases for new Toyota Supra. New sports car will also get lightweight technologies from BMW i3 and i8 plug-in Hybrid vehicles which are using an extensive range of carbon fibre and aluminium to reduce weight without sacrificing the toughness, stiffness and reliability, the quality traits that BMW is best known for.
The new Z4 is likely to get turbocharged with direct injection to four cylinder engines but it will remain a rear wheeler. Toyota Supra will use the same technology and engine to unlock the all wheel traction. Toyota is looking forward to employ the drip down technologies from LeMans cars; however it will use two electric motors on the front axles and a supplementary e-motor on the rear wheels. It will allow an excellent electric regeneration from braking system and offers great handling benefits along with torque vectoring by shifting the drive system.
The all new Toyota Supra is expected to make its debut not before 2017.
Toyota Supra is yet to arrive and Toyota says that the roof is likely to be ripped off rather than introducing a Convertible version of its well admired Toyota 86 Coupe.
Toyota FT-1 Concept
Tetsuya Tada, is the chief engineer of Toyota 86 and Toyota Supra, he spoke to media last week at Nürburgring 24-hour race.
He said that Toyota has not given up on their vision of 86 Convertible which is gearing up for mass production after its first unveil at Geneva Motor Show as a concept last year. It was also updated as right hand drive for Tokyo Motor Show. He further added that, the economic downturn in Europe and drop in sales in US markets are the factors that make it harder to justify the additional costs.
Toyota FT-1 Convertible version
There are several options available regarding another Sports model from the house of Toyota but Tada says that he believes in quality and thinks that the convertible model should be on any higher spec version such as FT-1 which is a strong contender for this transformation.
Toyota plans to introduce three sports versions including a realistic Convertible and the stunning Toyota FT-1 are at the top of the list of cars to be used to gauge the customer satisfaction and other factors such as styling and body type of Supra.
On the power options, Tada remained tight lipped and only hinted that the major components will be shared with BMW, which is rumoured to be the project partner to build the roadster above the Z4. He further added, “I think this is okay from a philosophy point of view, but always the business case is the most difficult point to bring this to the market, we are studying this, but more likely this is a pure concept.”
Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
Toyota has announced that Supra Concept is ready to be showcased at North
Toyota Supra-Detroit Motor Show 2014
American International Motor Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It has attractive, swift and pretty looks. All carmakers are gearing up for this extraordinary event and one of these contestants is Toyota, which is getting ready to unveil a Supra concept. The statement hasn’t been made official; the model should make its public entrance in Detroit. The launch will showcase a brand new sports car, which will be seated on top of the current GT 86.
The new cohort of the Toyota Supra was originally whispered to be co-developed with Tesla but subsequently a connection with BMW has been formed in recent times. Toyota Supra will be based on Toyota GT 86 and it will also make use of a number of reinforcements from the Z4. The new Toyota Supra will be carried on an improved platform same as the one used in GT 86 and it will get a BMW tuned suspension system.
Toyota Supra 2014 Rear
The Toyota Supra will be powered by a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine, also assisted by an electric motor, which is capable of producing a total output of 298 kW and 400 bhp. An extra powerful version of the Supra will also become available, and it will be powered by a 3.5 litre V6 with Hybrid configurations. Additional information on the heir of the Toyota Supra is not available at the moment and will be stated shortly. If you have wedged your concentration with the Supra name and once it’s introduced into market, don’t get your expectation too high because there are few years of wait for this hotly anticipated new sports car.