Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Toyota and BMW are teaming up. Could this be the start of a new SUPRA?

Toyota has announced its team up with German automaker BMW.

In late 2011 it was announced that Toyota and BMW would be teaming up for production in a new sports car. Something that is becoming common in the industry. Toyota's last team up was with Japanese auto maker Subaru; for a Toyota-Subaru Hybrid Roadster known as the Toyota GT-86/Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ. A combination of each company’s best, shaped and molded into a near 50:50 weight distributed machine powered by Subaru's reliable Boxer Engine, Toyota's Transmission and a sleek design.

We have all come to know and respect the Toyota brand for its reliability and environment-friendly vehicle line-up. But there's no doubt that Toyota has been lagging in their performance department.  Especially after setting the bar for import sports cars in the early 90's to the early 2000's with their Mark IV Turbo Supra. An inline 6 cylinder (2.997 L; 182.9 cu in) with 4-speed auto, 5 speed manual and a 6-speed GT.  A car that is still selling for near full retail in the industry today. 

BMW has always been known for their performance line up, which just about consists of their entire production line. The team-up has set a spark for sports car enthusiasts and has forums talking. Could this be a remake of the late Toyota Supra, Toyota MR2 or a whole new concept/model all together? 

We also hear the engineer charged with spearheading this new coupe is none other than GT86/FR-S chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. According to our sources, Tada has already visited BMW multiple times in the past year or so. He said in a March interview on Toyota's official U.K. blog that he was planning to head to Munich after the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to sit down with BMW execs over some beer and bratwurst.”

 "I am hoping for a synergy effect with BMW that will result in a product that none of us could have imagined; something more than anyone expects. I would like that to be something like a sports car," Tada said in the interview. "I would even go so far as to say that for the collaboration to work we have to bring a product which exceeds all these expectations."
Said Motor Trend's Peter Lyon 

Either way, the development has begun all we can do is sit on the edge of our chairs until we see some more solid concept designs, mules and wrapped test runs.

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