SUPRA: THE SAME, ONLY DIFFERENT
BMW’S Z4 development team won’t talk about the Toyota Supra. Of course they won’t, you might say; it’s not their car. Except it sort of is, because it has been developed largely by BMW for Toyota, on the same architecture as the Z4, and is likely to feature differently tuned versions of the same engine and gearbox. The Supra is, in effect, the Z4’s brother from another mother.
Don’t expect them to be twins, though; not only does the twoseat Supra have a fixed roof, but it has also been developed to meet different goals defined by Toyota. Tetsuya Tada, Toyota’s chief Supra engineer, told Autocar recently the two would be “very different”.
Still, given how well the Z4’s basic platform has been developed, the signs are positive for the Supra, too. And consider this: the deal between BMW and Toyota was agreed long before the Supra name was attached to the car. Toyota surely wouldn’t dust off that nameplate if it didn’t think the product was good…