If you’re preparing for Toyota’s Supra revival co-developed with BMW will be a raw, back-to-basics sports car-a full-grown GT86, if you will-you could wish to recalibrate your expectations. If experts who talked to with Autocar are to be believed, Toyota’s upcoming flagship coupe will use hybrid power … and will just be offered with an automatic transmission.
Caught testing at the Nurburgring, sources near to the British automobile magazine say the interior seen on the Toyota Supra test mules include BMW switches, a BMW infotainment screen, BMW HHAC controls, and the most importantly, a BMW automatic gear lever. Autocar goes on to inform that the Supra and its Z4 twin will be hybrid four-wheel-drive affairs, integrating technology from the Toyota TS030 Hybrid Le Mans race car.
A hybrid next-gen Supra is not totally out of line, when one thinks about a similar hybrid BMW sports car presently exists, that Honda’s 90s halo vehicle revival came in hybrid type, and the rumors of Mazda planning a comparable vehicle.
If the hybrid proposal proves to be real, the possibility that this vehicle will be provided with a stick and 3 pedals is slim-doubtlessly to the annoyance of perfectionists everywhere.
The Supra-Z4 twins will be constructed on BMW’s carbon platforms that presently act as the platform of the i3, the aforementioned i8, and 7 Series. Restraining with each automobile’s lineage, the Z4 reportedly will be a convertible, where as the Supra will made as a hardtop only. The BMW version is reported to reveal its face at Pebble Beach this August; if its correct, we’ll probably see the Toyota around the exact same time.