Toyota-BMW Sports Car Fate Uncertain
Since 2012, Toyota fans have been excitedly waiting for a new Supra to be spawned from the firm’s collaboration with BMW. But it seems the whole project has never been a certainty…
We’ve told you before about Toyota and BMW’s collaborative plans to spawn a new driving platform which, if it comes to fruition, a successor to the iconic Toyota Supra would be built on.
But now it seems the project isn’t a dead certainty after all and its fate is likely to be decided by the end of the year, according to new reports.
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It’s potentially crushing news for car fans who have been waiting anxiously for the past three years since Toyota and BMW announced their collaborative plans.
According to Automotive News Europe, a Toyota spokesperson recently talked about the project on the sidelines of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
“By the end of the year we will approve whether or not we will make it,” the spokesman said. “The whole study before that, on what kind of platform, on what kind of architecture, that’s been progressing quite well. We haven’t yet decided to give the green light to the project, but it’s coming up.”
If the project does indeed go ahead, it’s likely to produce a brand new Toyota Supra and a successor to BMW’s Z4. The front-engined, rear-wheel drive platform makes for some very interesting possibilities.
Whether we see a new Supra or not, the joint project could have some other positive results. Toyota’s push for more hydrogen fuel-cell technology is something that many car manufacturers will be interested in and BMW could benefit from it going forward.
It would be a devastating blow for Toyota fans who’ve been anticipating a new Supra for quite some time now if the new version doesn’t make the production line. But the likelihood really is 50-50, especially as more car makers are pushing for efficiency over performance.