The new Toyota Supra is tipped to borrow its underpinnings from the GT86... and lend them to the next BMW Z4.
Several weeks ago Toyota and BMW signed an agreement to share hybrid technologies and to collaborate on a new platform that would see each automaker get at least one new sports car. This immediately set off speculation that Toyota was finally building a new Supra, and according to a fresh report from Motor Trend, this is indeed the case. But there's a bit of a twist. As it turns out, this may not be an all-new platform but a revised version of the platform that underpins the GT-86 (known on these shores as the Scion FR-S).
It may also underpin the next-generation BMW Z4. In other words, that rear-drive platform could serve as the basis for both cars, although they will be quite different from one another. The Supra is rumored to be powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid engine that will produce up to 400 horsepower but a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid also hasn't been ruled out. A production version could be on the market by 2017 and we may even see a concept as early as this year's Tokyo Motor Show. Inside sources told MT that the Supra will be larger than the GT-86 and its design will be inspired by the FT-HS hybrid concept first shown at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show.
Meanwhile, BMW is supposedly working on its next Z4 with a "beefed up version of the GT-86 platform." The German automaker is reportedly testing a V6 hybrid powertrain of its own that will offer similar power to that of the new Supra, but with a decidedly more Teutonic flavor. But whichever form it takes, a new rear-drive sportscar developed by some of the biggest names in the business promises to be a good thing indeed.