A few years ago, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to build a new generation of sports cars under the code name "Silk Road". One of those "East meets West" things. Ever since then, all sorts of rumors have been flying around that the BMW will use the platform for its new Z car, while Toyota wants to use it on its iconic Supra. The original Supra was produced from 1978 to 2002 and has obtained a legendary status with practically any auto enthusiast. The new 2017 Toyota Supra will come in our near future, probably in 2016 as a 2017 model, and it will be a result of the cooperation between these two companies
Dimensions: It could be a bit shorter than its older supra with the new supra measuring 4500 mm or less while the older one being 4521 mm. It might also have a bigger length of about 1840 mm or less while its previous version measured 1811. It could also have a greater height than its predecessor measuring 1340mm or less while the older one was 1275mm. It could also have a shorter wheelbase of 2500mm or less while its previous version measured 2550mm.
Weight: The new Supra should be lightweight similar to the BMW i8 meaning its body material will use materials like carbon fiber, HSS, and Aluminum.
The concept of a more powerful engine implies the 2017 Toyota-supra’s engine will be a hybrid powerplant or an inline 6-cylinder Turbo. The engine will likely be an integration of the BMW the 2.0 L turbo 4-cylinder and the inline 6-cylinder turbo. So if it will use the 6-inline cylinder it will have 6- speed manual transmission but if it will use the hybrid prototype it will have an 8 to 10- automatic speed transmission. Therefore, since the engine likely comes with an electric motor, it should lead to a 470HP or more.
The new supra has a promising performance with possibilities of having three electric engines with two mounted on the front wheels while the other one on the back together with the engine on gasoline. In fact, the performance promises a hybrid powertrain.
Interior and Exterior Design
The interior is quite similar to the formula design with two seats made of comfortable and refined upholstery. The overall interior modification will come with a futuristic and modern design. The exterior design will have the sporty, streamlined and Porsche look similar to the FT-1 principle Toyota car. The car will adopt a frame-based format instead of the monocoque design. It should have rear lights, LED lights, two doors, dual exhaust pipes and sleek contours.
The price for the new 2017 Toyota Supra will most likely be set at $50.120 – $54.995. The release date is still unknown, but it will most likely be presented to the public at one of the car shows in 2016. It will probably be available for sale by the end of 2016 or in early 2017.
One thing is clear, the new super car is yet to be rivaled…..