The Supra is now working it away around the Nurburgring, and these spy photos offer the first look at the coupe's development there.
After spotting the BMW Z5 at the Nürburgring yesterday, now we are getting to see its platform mate, the Toyota Supra, get a workout at the Green Hell. Also, check out the videos below to watch the coupe driving on the roads around the famous track.
This Supra is slightly different from the one in previous spy photos, which is also the case with the Z5 at the track. For example, the engineers move the license plate higher up the nose, and that better reveals the larger center intake in the front fascia. These images also provide a much better look at the double-bubble roof, which is a design cue that's very similar to what is on the FT-1 concept.
For now, Supra and Z5 are tentative names we are calling this pair until the automakers confirm something officially. We know that they share the same platform, and photos indicate they still have identical interiors at this stage.
The powertrain remains the biggest mystery, though. Previous speculation suggests both models would share BMW-sourced turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engine. However, a recent video of the Toyota (below) suggests otherwise. As the Supra accelerates away, there's the distinct high-pitched whine from an electric motor. This might lend credence to reports of a hybrid drivetrain. We don't yet know whether electric assistance would be the sole choice or an option – like the distinction between the naturally-aspirated and turbocharged Supras from the last generation.
Regardless of what motivates them, the BMW and Toyota reportedly target different audiences. The Z5 would be a pure sports car rather than the Z4's more luxurious position. The Supra would be at the top of the Toyota brand's lineup and could feature cutting-edge technology in addition to the bold styling.
Magna Steyr is allegedly handling assembly of both models in Austria. Manufacturing reportedly starts in 2018 and that points to a debut in late 2017 or early in the following year.