When Toyota introduced the GR Supra Racing concept earlier this month, the company was tight-lipped on specifics. However, we’re starting to learn more about the production model as chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has given a few clues about what to expect.
Speaking with Evo, Tada said the similarities to the BMW Z4 will be “fewer than many may imagine” even though the two models were developed alongside each other. This would be a stark contrast from the Toyota 86 which is virtually identical to the Subaru BRZ.
While there will still be common components shared by both models, Tada said the Supra has been designed as a “pure sports car” while the Z4 will go in a “slightly different direction” as it is a luxurious and sporty roadster. As a result, the two cars will have different engine calibrations and the driving experience on the Supra will be “very different to the Z4.”
Tada wasn’t ready to reveal powertrain details but he said the company talked to previous Supra owners and they wanted to the new model to have a front mounted six-cylinder engine which powers the rear wheels. The chief engineer declined to mention its output but confirmed they are considering a hybrid powertrain as well as alternative options – such a fuel cells and battery power – for their future sports cars. Tada also declined to reveal whether or not the Supra will be offered with a manual transmission as the company is still working out the final details.
Regardless of the performance specifications, Tada said he wants owners to be able to tune the car themselves. The engineer went on to suggest Toyota will let aftermarket companies lead the way as the automaker didn’t have to get too involved in the tuning market with the 86.