The Toyota Supra was killed off in 2002 but its comeback has been anticipated ever since. According to reliable sources, the all-new Supra will be based on the amazing FT-1 concept that was presented by Toyota in 2014. Now, the most recent reports reveal that we might get to see the new version of the famous sports car arriving for the 2017 model year. Moreover, the 2017 Toyota Supra will reportedly be based on a platform that was developed as part of a joint venture between Toyota and BMW.
Official release date for the 2017 Toyota Supra is still unknown but we expect this great sports car to hit the market in late 2016.
2017 Toyota Supra Design and Features
As mentioned, the 2017 Toyota Supra will be based largely on the FT-1 concept but without the prominent Formula 1 features. However, other reports suggest that its underpinnings might come from the BMW Z4 that made its debut a couple of years ago. It rides on BMW’s new platform that is much lighter and more rigid than its predecessor.
It all comes as a result of BMW’s experience in developing the i-series which benefits from a large percentage of aluminum and hybrid steel components, as well as CFRP body panels. Although the exterior styling has yet to be revealed, the 2017 Supra is expected to mimic the aforementioned concept to some extent. Of course, it isn’t very likely for the FT-1 to enter production in its original shape due to enormous costs of such a venture.
2017 Toyota Supra Under the Hood
When it comes to the powertrain options, the 2017 Toyota Supra is rumored to benefit from the company’s “super conductor hybrid” technology. Namely, the Supra will use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the Z4, while adding electric motors. This gas-electric system is also likely to borrow the front-mounted electric motor from the Yaris Hybrid R Concept. The system’s combined output is expected to surpass 350 horsepower. Unlike the old Supra that was sold as rear-wheel drive model, the upcoming version will essentially come as an all-wheel drive vehicle due to its three electric motors fitted on both the front and rear axles. Anyway, we’ll keep an eye on more detailed information concerning the new Supra’s drivetrain.