The Toyota Supra lived through four generations before it was axed in 2002 due to the strict emission standards which the car was unable to adhere to. The revival of the Supra has been long-rumoured through a partnership with BMW and speculations have soared following the debut of the FT-1 concept car at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.
The BMW co-developed Toyota Supra will be launched in 2018, suggests a recent report from Car And Driver. Following the legendary sports car’s tradition, the reborn model will also feature rear-wheel drive chassis which will be mostly developed by the German partner, indicates the report. Under the hood, there will be a turbocharged inline-six engine sourced from the partner. Although the design is likely to be based on the FT-1 concept car, the dimensions would be a lot different. A hybrid version is also a possibility, as Toyota is the world leader of this powertrain type.
The common platform will be flexible enough to be used in different car segments. BMW is reportedly going to use this platform for the third-generation Z4 roadster which is likely going to arrive before 2020.
[Source: Car And Driver]