Talk of a new Toyota Supra dates back almost as far as when the last generation of the car, the MkIV Supra, bowed out of the market in the early part of the last decade. All manner of rumours pertaining to a new generation have emerged since then, including the adoption of hybrid technology, switching to a mid-engine layout, and the latest spin: sharing a platform with a new BMW sports car.
What hasn’t emerged in that time is official comment on a new Toyota Supra--until now. Speaking with Bloomberg, Toyota’s incoming chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, the man credited with fostering the original Toyota Prius, said the company’s new sports car being developed with BMW should be a mid-size vehicle comparable to the Supra.
At the start of this year, Toyota and BMW reaffirmed plans for the joint development of a new sports car for their respective brands, which we’ve previously reported could eventuate into a new Supra for Toyota and a new Z4 for BMW--or possibly even a new 8-Series.
In his latest interview, Uchiyamada said Toyota must be careful not to launch a second sports car that would overlap its current GT 86/Scion FR-S. “That’s what I want but it’s not me who makes the decision,” Uchiyamada said, adding later that the decision would be up to the company’s engineers.
Whatever the end result of the collaboration between Toyota and BMW, we're keen to see it. Fortunately, we may not have to wait long--a concept could arrive as early as this fall, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.