While rumors that BMW’s arriving Z4 roadster would start prolongation atÂ Magna Steyr’s trickery in Graz, Austria, for months, it wasn’t until late final week that a association was indeed peaceful to endorse them. Unfortunately, theÂ manufacturer hasn’t been peaceful to do a same with a Z4’s kin automobile â€” a Toyota Supra.
Considering that a span share a common height and growth team, it would make a lot of clarity to see them occupying a same factory. But Toyota has remained impossibly parsimonious lipped on a car, usually charity us a unaccompanied ambience by approach of theÂ Gazoo Racing judgment from a Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, BMW has been parading a Z4 around perpetually and even went so distant as to uncover productions exam mules easily camouflaged in self-released “spy shots.”
Specific sum are a small misty though a association certified a odds of aÂ M40i various with a turbocharged inline-six, M Sport brakes, adaptive suspension, and an electronic differential when it fielded a operative prototype. It’s ostensible to residence a 3.0-liter B58 engine promulgation a rumored 380 horsepower by a ZF eight-speed in a United States. European-spec cars are pronounced to be reduction inhuman due to informal fueling regulations.
Our theory is that a Supra should yield identical hardware though Toyota hasn’t pronounced anything that lets us hook on anything definitive. That goes double for it’s prolongation locality and launch date. The Austrian manufacturer pronounced BMW’s roadster will really start prolongation in a fourth-quarter of 2018, definition sales should start shortly thereafter.
Will a Supra find it’s approach intoÂ Magna Steyr’s arms? Almost certainly. We can’t consider of a reason because Toyota would wish to see it built elsewhere and a logistics for doing so would be formidable to comprehend. The Graz trickery already produces a Mercedes-Benz G-Class,Â BMW 5 Series,Â Jaguar E-Pace, and also picked adult a I-Pace progressing this year. What are dual some-more lower-volume models, regulating a common architecture, going to matter to a site’s 12,000 employees?
We’ll find out for certain after this year. Toyota can’t keep a MkV Supra underneath wraps forever.Â Supra arch operative Tetsuya Tada has already hinted that a indication will use a same powertrain as a Z4 though accept some tweaking to compute itself from a BMW dynamically. He also pronounced it would entrance after a German roadster has had a time in a limelight.
The Z4 is scheduled to seem during a Paris Auto Show this October. That seems like a prolonged approach off after we’ve already seen so most of a car. But BMW is also formulation a special eventuality this summer to showcase a roadster to a publicÂ â€” during that point, Toyota can take a spin and transparent things adult for us.