New rumors surrounding the Toyota Supra successor have started circulating again.
What we know about the Toyota Supra successor is that it will be the result of a sports car collaboration between Toyota and BMW, with the German automaker opting to use the partnership to create a next-generation Z4. Recently, it was reported that the two vehicles won’t complete with one another, but would feature a hybrid powertrain that takes advantage of BMW’s gasoline and electric motors.
Now, rumor has it that the platform being used for the new sports car collaboration will be based on the BMW i8 rather than the Z4, making it easier to incorporate a hybrid powertrain.
Both vehicles will likely share the same aluminum spaceframe chassis and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body, but would have different styling and possibly dimensions. One source says that the vehicles will be less than 14.7 feet in length, under six feet in width and no more than 4.4 feet high. Those figures means that the sports cars will be quite smaller than the Toyota FT-1 concept and more in line with a Porsche 911.
For powertrains, BMW will launch the Z4 successor with a standalone 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter turbo-six, combined with a Toyota-built plug-in hybrid unit. Toyota on the other hand will opt for a 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and another model with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Although these are all rumors, perhaps it’s good enough to know that Toyota will eventually bring a Supra successor to market.
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