Thanks to the courtesy of the British car magazine autoexpress.com we have the latest set of 2018 Toyota Supra spy photos. These pictures give us by far the best view of Toyota’s latest sports car, and from the first look, we can say that this test mule is carrying lots of production bodywork. Some rumors even suggest that the vehicle is running on hybrid powertrain, but more on that later, now let’s focus on the story of the first product of Toyota/BMW cooperation.
Looking at the front end it easily noticeable that the car will, on our personal pleasure, draw a lot of design cues from the FT-1 concept which debuted back in 2014. The part which resembles concept mentioned earlier the most is new Supra’s nose. It is the first thing that you will notice on this model, and it is a natural continuation of the hood and blends in nicely with the bumper. On the later one, you will find three large air vents. Whatever 2018 Supra hides under the bonnet, it’s going to take a lot of cooling.
The overhangs on the rear end and the short front part of the 2018 Supra give us a feeling and create the opinion that this car is a compact and sturdy coupe. These two things that we mentioned fit perfectly with the parts of the FT-1 concept that you can see on this test mule such as bulky roof and sensational lines.
Moving onto the rear end similarity between what is going to be 2018 Toyota Supra and its predecessor the FT-1 Concept continue. The tail, duck-like spoiler and a pair of horizontal taillights look just like the prototype mentioned above which Toyota showed us in 2014. Getting to the lower parts of new Supra, one will notice exhaust pipes identical to those on the Toyota GT86.
2018 Toyota Supra Specs
In the engine department, there are a lot of assumptions, but nothing official has been released so far. Considering that BMW and Toyota only cooperated on creating the chassis while engine and transmission will belong to each manufacturer individually. This prompted the question, whether will Supra have a petrol-electric powertrain under its hood. The model will almost certainly be positioned above the mentioned GT86, but we can’t be sure will there be a hybrid unit powering it. Rumored mills for 2018 Supra are as following. For the entry level model, you will have a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine from a B48 generation which will be offered in different outputs in the range between 191hp and 252 horsepower. From the mentioned mill Toyota will derive at least two options. The third and top tier powerplant under the Supra’s hood is going to be a straight-six cylinder B58 with 340hp and 450Nm of torque.
2018 Toyota Supra price tag
As far as the pricing goes 2018 Toyota Supra Price tag will be in the region between $40,000 and $50,000. Some rumors suggest, and digitaltrends.com confirms this, that the new Supra is going to cost more than Chevy Corvette Stingray which starts at $55,000. We won’t know for sure before official release which is expected before the year ends. By some informal agreement between BMW and Toyota, the new Z5 will be the first to exit the market. So, when you see the BMW’s soft-top, you can look for the Toyota’s hard-top beauty – The new Supra.
Not much can be said from the sound on this video but we will sprout to you some rumors. 2018 Toyota Supra allegedly is being powered by BMW’s inline-six four-cylinder engine or by a 2.0-litre four cylinder aided by a pair of BMW’s electric motors. This is stated as a possibility because of Toyota-BMW cooperation. Either way one of these will feature on new Supra and it will be able to produce between 300 and 400 horsepower. Another thing that is a stuff of opinion is that Toyota Supra from this video sounds like it has a V-6 powertrain. The car really sounds like it features a turbo engine so the claims about V-6 could be a real deal. These rumors suggest that Supra is going to get new twin-turbocharged V-6 which will be developed by Lexus for their luxury brand and for some upper Toyotas.
Judging by the sound and moving, new Supra won’t be the fastest car out there but it has some nice handling, accelerates very well on the straight road and is quite well balanced.
There’s no word on the pricing but Toyota has signaled to us that it could be accessible to larger masses so we expect affordable price. The car will hit the markets during the next year as a 2018 model.
2018 Toyota Supra Release Date
The 2018 Supra is going to keep us waiting for as long as it takes, given that it took almost two decades for it to resume. Official presentation can be expected somewhere during 2017, probably on Tokyo Auto Show, with 2018 as the year of complete comeback of the Supra to the market. One of the clearest signs that Supra is coming will be the BMW’s announcement of their respected Z5 model. Still, fashionably late as it is, 2018 is not too far off.