In recent months, both Toyota and BMW have made clear that the Supra and Z4 duo won’t be like the 86 and Subaru BRZ twins. Instead, they will target separate markets, be priced differently and each shall pursue its own, distinct philosophy.
During a recent interview with Motoring Research, Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed that the driving experience offered by the pair will also be unique.
“Each company defined what we wanted and went from there. Both cars have completely different suspension and software calibration, for example.”
What’s more, Tada said that the new Supra will be a sports car in the truest sense of the word and that “practicality and comfort were almost not considered.” That’s good news for driving enthusiasts, who have held the nameplate in great esteem thanks, in great part, to its fourth generation that was produced from 1993 to 2002.
Quizzed about a Supra GRMN, Tada smiled and indicated that it is a possibility: “I would like to see something like that eventually. We are preparing for it”.
While Toyota and BMW have yet to release powertrains details about the Supra and Z4, our sources suggest that the Supra will get a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topping Z4 is set to receive a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 380 hp.