Toyota Supra Leaves Its BMW Showing in New Spy Shots

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Fresh photos of the upcoming 2019 Toyota Supra are giving us a new look at the car’s interior, and the BMW influence is clear.

Looking through the window, a BMW shifter for an automatic transmission is clearly seen, along with the same knob used on BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Even the steering wheel appears to be from the new Z4, although a Toyota badge is clearly visible underneath some tape.

For those not in the know, BMW and Toyota paired up to develop this sports car, with BMW getting a new Z4 out of the deal and Toyota walking away with a new Supra. Toyota’s offering will be a coupe, while the BMW will be convertible only.

What will power the new Supra is still the car’s most important secret, and there are plenty of rumors. A turbocharged inline six-cylinder is one possible for the powerplant, while some type of hybrid setup has also been talked about.

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In the BMW, a six-speed manual gearbox has been spied, but it was paired with a small 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which isn’t expected to be available in the Supra. So the availability of a manual in Toyota’s sports car is up in the air.

Nothing seems to have changed when it comes to the exterior design, which is heavily influenced by the Toyota FT-1 Concept.

The all-new BMW Z4 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in production form, while a concept version of the car will arrive in August.

Arrival for the new Supra is unknown but is expected to debut sometime in 2018 as a 2019 model.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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