Toyota will build a new Supra. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the new Supra will share a platform with the next generation BMW Z4 and the companies will work together to build the sports cars. Nikkei seems to think that BMW’s experience with carbon fiber bodies is a main contributor to the Supra Z4 plan, but the Supra was cut in 2002 because of its astronomical price, so Toyota will probably be very price conscious this time around. What makes more sense is for Toyota to make the Supra a Scion Supra and build it on the next generation FR-S platform. Here’s why:
BMW Already Has The Engine
The Supra came with a turbocharged inline six engine and was legendary for it. The BMW Z4 already has a turbocharged inline six engine and BMW inline sixes are legendary in their own rite. Of course the Supra would need a lot more power than the 300-horsepower the Z4 comes with right now to be competitive today, but that won’t be much of a problem for BMW (the E46 M3 had 333-hp without a turbo 15 years ago, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to get 400 or 450-hp for the Supra).
Toyota Already Has The Car
The Supra will need to be a rear or all-wheel drive sports car with the option of a convertible (there’s no way BMW is selling the Z4 without a drop top). We already know that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ 2nd generation will probably use a more flexible chassis that would allow for things like a convertible and all-wheel drive. With that car under development not and Toyota moving towards more modular chassis, why wouldn’t it include room for a bigger inline-six Supra engine.
Scion Needs The Help
Scion is failing as a youth brand. The xA and xD were both boring duds that sold to older people cross shopping the Nissan Versa and Kia Rio. The xB ballooned into a midsized wagon and lost all of its charm with the second generation. The tC appeals to young girls, but absolutely not to young men, so that’s a success of sorts. The brand’s shining star of youthfulness is the FR-S, but Toyota still needed to bribe dealers with the promise of an FR-S Convertible to keep them from dropping the brand.
Of course, they could always just stuff a 2JZ under the hood of a current Z4 and call it a day, what do I know?