Back in 2001, Toyota and BMW signed an agreement which laid the groundwork for their collaboration on a new sports car. Ever since that day, everyone has been chattering about how this car will be the new Supra. Toyota has not done much to silence the rumors either. In fact, we now have word that the partnership is progressing to the “concept stage.”
This said, it may be quite some time before we see an actual concept coming out of either of the two automakers that is at all representative of what the car will actually look like. However, it might not be all that foolish to expect it some time in 2015.
The new car will replace the aging BMW Z4, though its fate on the Toyota end is more uncertain. Of course, there is the talk of it being another Supra, but this has not been confirmed for certain in any meaningful way. Toyota has released its FT-1 concept several times, including two actual concepts and one virtual rendering. This car is our best guess as to what the new vehicle may look like an dis also the on pictured above.
Despite all of the uncertainty, there are rumors that a new Supra will feature an all-wheel drive setup and a hybrid power-train, most likely coupled to a turbocharged six cylinder engine; however, whether or not this will be the same straight six as the days of old remains to be seen. On the BMW end, many are rumoring that the car will be called the Z5. However, this is also unconfirmed by any sources internal to BMW. Most are also speculating that this will be a rear-wheel drive setup with a non-hybrid power-train.