BMW and Toyota want you to be able to tell the Supra and Z5 apart.
The Toyota Supra/BMW Z5 is slowly beginning to reveal itself. Both cars have been caught testing before, and each time they were covered in a ton of camo. As the engineers and designers begin to lock down the final look and component makeup of each car more camouflage comes off, allowing us to see and judge the (nearly) final designs. While the two cars will share the same underpinnings, the body styles have materialized much differently. Our spies snapped new photos of both out testing, allowing us to compare and contrast the designs.
Given that the face is the area most seen by onlookers, BMW has kept that area of the Z5 under wraps. However, we now have a good idea of what the rear end will look like. Rounded styling seems to be the theme, closely following the look of the outgoing Z4. Up front, we hope to see muscular striations on the car to blend with the squared off exhaust tips, if only to make the new model more interesting to look at. We already know that the main difference between the Toyota Supra and BMW Z5 is that, like each car's ancestors, the Bimmer will be a roadster while the reborn Supra will remain a coupe. Visually, the Supra looks to have almost no camouflage up front, allowing us to see that it has a rounded GT86-like front end, except this time, air inlets are present.
A double bubble roof helps the Toyota look the part, and while the circular tail lamps look cool, a closer glance reveals that they are merely cutouts in the camouflage, which isn't dense enough to hide the lamp's real shape. The Supra will get four and six-cylinder power plants from its partner, just like how Toyota uses Subaru engines in the GT86, with certain specs getting the Japanese automaker's signature two-punch combo of a four-cylinder engine attached to electric motors. We were hoping that the Supra (we swear we care about the BMW too) would make a debut late in 2016 and go on sale as a 2017, but that obviously isn't the case. The good news is that less camo means an official debut for both models is drawing closer.