2018 Toyota Supra Spy Shots: All-Wheel-Drive, Hybrid Option Confirmed?

Oct 04, 2016 11:55 PM EDT | Mariechris Felipe

A new generation of Toyota's cult sports car, the Toyota Supra is almost upon us. It has been sighted by carparazzis in a few instances now and we even posted a spy video of it that hints at electrification (watch the video here).

Today, a new set of spy photos have emerged, possibly confirming that the new Toyota Supra will have a hybrid option as well as be an all-wheel drive. The spy photos emerged just weeks after we saw the first spy shots of the new BMW Z5, which the new Supra shares its platform with.

Spy Photos Emerge

From what we have seen, thanks to the images of test cars hunted to date, the new Supra will feature a coupe body type with a long hood where mechanical front and rear cuts are placed, which reminds us of the traditional silhouette that the Toyota Supra has sported in years. The wheels are found very near the corners leaving a short front overhang, the rear being even lower, making this setup perfect for an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Although these test cars were heavily camouflaged there are certain features that can be attributed to the prototype FT-1 with provisional optical elements and the strange central bulge in the nose.

As for the available engines, we know the new Supra might have a mechanical 4 and 6-cylinder BMW engine. It is the highest version which would have a hybrid scheme based on the 6-cylinder engine and would be supported by two electric motors. Theoretically, if the Toyota Supra will be an all-wheel drive, the combustion engine would drive the rear wheels, while two electric powertrains would couple to the front axle. This hybrid version would be the most powerful of the range and may be hovering around 500hp. Watch out!

Check out the full gallery here.

Supra Had Been Missed

The Toyota Supra ceased production in 2002, although it had actually disappeared from most markets in the late nineties. The void left in the range was insurmountable for fans who have not forgotten the Japanese sports car. Not even the arrival of carbon fiber supercars from Lexus could not fill the gap left by the beloved tuner of Toyota.

Since the beginning of this decade and especially since the introduction of the project that would culminate in the Toyota GT 86, the name Supra has been present constantly in the media, generating rumors and news every so often. The introduction in 2014 of the Toyota FT-1 concept resulted in a media bombshell, because it only foreshadowed a sport similar to extinct Supra, Toyota was also forced to admit that yes, they are bringing back the Supra as it has been missed.

BMW Partnership

The current project that will bring the Toyota Supra was announced as a joint venture between Toyota and BMW. This project includes the design and development of joint platforms that would benefit from BMW 's own mechanics and all the know-how of Toyota regarding hybrid type thrusters.

In this case, the project will also build the successor of the BMW Z4, already known as Z5 and will be presented in roadster format during 2018, and should be the relief of the Supra, which should come only months after the BMW. The development of these models is taking place in Europe, under the guidance of BMW.

The all new Toyota Supra is in its final testing phases but do not expect it to arrive before 2018. Prior to the Supra, Toyota will unveil a new concept that will show us the definite model of the Supra and this is expected to be presented in one of the last major events of this year which could be at the Los Angeles Motor Show or Tokyo Motor Show.

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