After years of speculation, rumors and the wildest dreams of car fans everywhere, the Toyota Supra has more rumors swirling that it’s coming back.
We are living in a prime time for sports cars, as the stodgy, economically oppressed early 2000s begin to give way to the exciting 2015s. Almost halfway through this decade, we’ve seen more sports cars either resurrected or introduced than we’ve had for the last 15 years.
The new Supra, though, will be nothing like its original namesake.
The original Supra lasted from 1979 to 1998 in the U.S. A range of turbo and non-turbo engines produced up to 230 horsepower.
The car became a legend, and today nice ones are collector items, so a new Supra has huge shoes to fill. I have a sinking feeling it’ll fall short by being too much car.
The car, jointly developed with BMW, will probably be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine developed by BMW. But the power won’t end there.
Toyota could mate the engine to “super conductor hybrid” technology and turn it into a plug-in hybrid. Horsepower should easily reach 350. There will be two electric motors at the front and one at the rear, making the Supra all-wheel drive and not rear-wheel drive like the original.
In addition, the Toyota could also get BMW’s dual-clutch gearbox. Call me old school, but I believe a Supra should be simpler than that.
By working with Toyota, BMW will also get a new Z4 out of the deal, and both makers’ new cars might be closer to supercar status than affordable sports cars. I think that’s unfortunate.
Expect to see both the Supra and the new Z4 in showrooms by the end of 2017.
Used ones, of course, are available now if you look hard enough.
What’s your preference, the new Toyota Supra or a classic used one?