The rumors have been around for years, but it looks like Toyota’s new Supra is finally hitting the road. The hybrid sports car was spotted undergoing testing in disguise for the first time.
The hot favorite Supra went out of production in 2002, so the return of the iconic name is indeed big news. Earlier this year we learnt that Toyota and BMW were to partner up and develop an all-new sports car together, which would become both the new Supra and the replacement for the Z4 (rumored to be called as Z5).
It was believed that the styling of the new Supra would be heavily inspired by the Toyota FT-1 supercar, but these camouflaged spy images show a toned-down design. Still, it looks shorter than the prototypes of the Z5 seen so far.
Reports published earlier pointed to a power+train that would feature a BMW engine matched to a Toyota-developed hybrid system – the latter undoubtedly a strength of the Japanese car maker.
By designing the motors in-house, and taking advantage of BMW’s carbon-fiber reinforce plastic weight-saving methods, Toyota is thought to be targeting a kerb weight of less than 1,400kg. However, it’s expected that the BMW will be the lighter of the two models. Both cars are expected to debut only a few months apart, but expect the Z5 to break cover first at the end of 2017.