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2018 BMW Z4 spy shots

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Those beefy canards are unlikely to end up on the production model.


While the “Z4” moniker will likely live on, the roadster is going through some major changes for its next generation. For starters, the hardtop will make way for a fabric roof like its Z3 ancestor had as a way to shave off weight and free up space in the trunk. The rear-wheel-drive sports car is being developed with Toyota and is expected to feature a hybrid powertrain for the first time in its existence.


BMW was seen the other day testing a prototype on a damp Nürburgring, and by the looks of it, focus was on aerodynamics as the car had a pair of large winglets on each side of the front bumper. We can’t help but notice something was going on with the rear wheel arches as well judging by those add-on pieces.
The adjacent video also allows us to hear the raspy soundtrack, though it’s not known what type of engine produces that music to our ears. For what it’s worth, a previous prototype had a turbocharged 2.0-liter belonging to what will be the Z4 S20i with an output of around 200 horsepower. Stronger versions will be blessed with larger six-cylinder units and should pump out in excess of 300 hp. Rumor has it the electrified version benefitting from Toyota’s hybrid know-how will be reserved to the range-topping model.
BMW hasn’t said a word about when it will unveil the all-new Z4, but a concept will supposedly be shown as early as next month at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. In 2018, Toyota’s equivalent version will make its debut and it might bring back the beloved “Supra” nameplate for what will be sold strictly as a coupe. Aside from sharing most of the hardware components, the two are also bound to be built in the same place, at Magna Steyr’s factory in Austria.
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BMW Finally Teases Its New Roadster





BMW has been the mysterious half of a long-reported partnership with Toyota to develop a new sports car platform. Toyota’s side of things has been busy, with plenty of teases and looks at what could be the next Toyota Supra. The BMW side has been relatively quiet, at least until now.

What you see isn’t much, but it’s the clearest indication of BMW’s end of the Toyota partnership, set to be another roadster to replace the Z4 that went out of production last year. The silhouette looks get and the nose looks promisingly pointy.
It’s not clear how much the BMW and Toyota cars are actually sharing, but the most steadfast rumors have been about possible hybrid power and glorious rear-wheel-drive.
We’ll be getting the full reveal of what’s only being called the roadster concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 17. It’s just a shame that just two months ago a BMW exec was quoted not being too sure what the new roadster would be called, just that it wouldn’t be the BMW Z5.





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Leaked BMW Model Codes Document Suggests Upcoming Supra Will Not Get A Manual And Will Only Have 335 Horsepower






Our fellow Supra-arrival-breath-holders over at Supramkv.com have posted an alleged leaked, internal BMW document that shows a huge list of BMW internal model codes, and some crucial specs. The document lists a huge number of BMW models, including the J29 platform ones that we’ll know as the Supra. Sadly, a manual transmission doesn’t seem to be on the list.
This list has actually been available for a few months, so this information may change or have changed, but it’s still interesting to see what seems to be planned.






Also, we have not in any way verified the authenticity of this file; it has some unusual things referenced, like a U.S.-market X3 xDrive/sDrive 30i with a stick shift, which doesn’t really seem to exist. And it references an X7, which isn’t available yet. So, really, I can’t say I know exactly what this document is.

Supramkv.com commenter gymratter published a post earlier this month highlighting the models that appear to be the new Toyota Supra and its brother, BMW’s new Z4 replacement:
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J29 Toyota
DB21,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 30i,COU,,,EUR,LL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB22,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 30i,COU,,,EUR,RL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB23,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 30i,COU,,,USA,LL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB41,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 40i,COU,,,EUR,LL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB42,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 40i,COU,,,EUR,RL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB43,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 40i,COU,,,USA,LL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB81,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 20i,COU,,,EUR,LL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,
DB82,P,TOYOTA,,J29,SPX 20i,COU,,,EUR,RL,RWD,2,AUT,,,,

As you can see by all those AUTs, there does not seem to be a manual version of the Supra in the works. In this document, which you can see for yourself here, manual transmissions are denoted with the word MECH.







The poster goes on to point out
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Europe gets two 4 cylinder models (represented by “20i” and “30i”) and a 6 cylinder model (40i). U.S. gets one 4 cylinder model (248hp?) and a 6 cylinder model (335hp?).
The four is likely the B48 generation engine, and the straight-six seems to be the BMW B58 engine, which normally makes 335 hp, though we don’t yet know if there will be tuning differences that would change this number.






Personally, I suspect 335 hp might be just the right number to have fun in the new Supra, but there’s no doubt many fans will be disappointed if it comes out with that low a number. The lack of a manual is more disturbing, I think.
The BMW sibling does seem to include manual-transmission options:
HF31,P,BMW PKW,Z’,G29,Z4 sDrive30i,ROA,,,EUR,LL,RWD,2,MECH,,,,
HF32,P,BMW PKW,Z’,G29,Z4 sDrive30i,ROA,,,EUR,RL,RWD,2,MECH,,,,
HF33,P,BMW PKW,Z’,G29,Z4 sDrive30i,ROA,,,USA,LL,RWD,2,MECH,,,,
... to just list a few.






It’s also notable that all variations are RWD, with no AWD variations to be seen, which seems right. Also, unlike some have guessed, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an AWD hybrid drivetrain, either.
Speaking of driven wheels, there’s some interesting other entries in this model sheet regarding Toyota and BMW, like these:
9A01,P,TOYOTA,,V01,TOYOTA,HAT,,,EUR,LL,FWD,5,MECH, ,,, 9A02,P,TOYOTA,,V01,TOYOTA,HAT,,,EUR,LL,FWD,5,MECH, ,,, 9A03,P,TOYOTA,,V01,TOYOTA,HAT,,,EUR,LL,FWD,5,MECH, ,,,
What the hell is that? A BMW model number for something both Toyota and FWD? I can’t think of any carmaker less likely to need help developing a FWD vehicle than Toyota. Is that a Mini platform? What’s going on here?






There’s a bunch of other interesting models in the list, including references to Morgan (BMW supplies engines) and Brilliance (BMW has a joint Chinese venture with them). Peugeot is also listed, perhaps in reference to the PSA Prince engines BMW uses in some Minis?
Whatever all this is, it’s some of the most interesting stuff you’ll see that was dumped out of some database.
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2018 Toyota Supra Shows Off Production Cues in Latest Spy Photos









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The latest spy photos of the 2018 Toyota Supra show the highly anticipated coupe looking more production-ready than ever before.

Earlier spy shots of the new Supra showed prototypes with mock-up headlights and a heavily camouflaged front end. The prototype seen here appears to be wearing production headlights with rectangular LED segments, but the rest of the car remains disguised. Those curious as to what the production car may look like should look at these photos and photos of the Toyota FT-1 concept side-by-side, as the Supra will draw heavily from that well-received design study.
A leaked internal document surfaced this week that may have revealed the available powertrains for the 2018 Supra and the related BMW Z4. If it’s to be believed, the entry-level Supra will feature a 2.0-liter turbo making about 250 horsepower, while the range-topping version will have a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 335 horsepower. Disappointingly, it may only be offered with a BMW-sourced automatic transmission, with a manual option not appearing on the leaked document.

A concept version of the related BMW Z4 will make its debut in Pebble Beach later this month, while the concept version of the Supra will arrive in October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Production versions of both cars should arrive sometime next year.
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Spied! Toyota Supra Sports Full-LED Headlights

Could they be production-spec?



We've seen Toyota Supra mules running around for a while, and not much has changed on them -- until now. Our spy photographers caught the Supra testing in Germany with the usual camouflage and nothing new until you see the headlights, which look full LED, vastly different from past test mules that were equipped with more traditional-looking headlights.

The headlights appear to have six individual LED projectors per housing, with two rows of three lenses in each. No surprise as many automakers have gone the LED route for their appealing looks and efficiency. Oddly enough, there is some resemblance to Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights but little resemblance to any existing Toyota/Lexus or BMW LED headlights.







Photo 2/12 | Spied! Toyota Supra Sports Full-LED Headlights


Photo 6/12 | Spied! Toyota Supra Sports Full-LED Headlights

Could these be the actual production headlights or at least an available option? It's possible, but hard to say since they're equipped on a camouflaged pre-production mule. Once the cover comes off, we will likely have our answer. In the meantime, let's hope the Toyota Supra comes standard with a dazzling set of bright, full-LED headlights.

The Supra coupe shares the same platform as the upcoming BMW Z5 convertible thanks to the joint development deal signed by Toyota and BMW. We expect power to come four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines from BMW or a rumored twin-turbo V-6 from Toyota. A hybrid powertrain might be introduced later in production. Magna Steyr is expected to manufacture both vehicles in Graz, Austria.
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This Is Apparently The New BMW Z4 Concept






BMW has famously declared that sports cars are all but dead, but at some point they must have said “fuck it” to team up with Toyota and bring us a new roadster. We’ll see it later this week at Monterey Car Week, but for now here’s a teaser.
Word on the street is this concept, previewed on BMW’s Facebook page, will become the next BMW Z4. Even more importantly, its platform will also underpin the new Toyota Supra, or whatever Toyota ends up calling that thing.






We don’t know much else for now, except that if it is indeed related to the Supra a range of four- and six-cylinder turbo engines are expected. We can’t tell much from this photo, either, but it definitely looks more aggressive than the last Z4—wide rear fender flares, a narrower kidney grille and a kind of pouncing stance.

It doesn’t look bad here. Expect to see the full reveal on Thursday, August 17.

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The Gorgeous BMW Z4 Concept Proves The Sports Car Isn’t Dead





BMW broke all our hearts a little bit in 2014 when it said that the sports car market was dying. But with the whole Toyota-Supra partnership and now a sparkling new Z4 concept at Monterey Car Week, we feel some retribution coming for those hurtful words spoken in the past.
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The New Toyota Supra Is Still Out There Running Around





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Its platform-mate, the BMW Z4, dropped this weekend at Pebble Beach. But where is the new Toyota Supra? It’s out there, away from the glitz and glamour of the Concours, running around with the people, on actual city streets. Just covered in camo. Still.

From reader Nick Ferrari come these in-motion shots of the new Supra (or whatever Toyota’s gonna call it, probably something bad that totally misses this opportunity) driving around Port Hueneme, California. We don’t get anything super new from these pics, but it’s a good reminder that this long-awaited machine is real and still happening.
I’m excited about it. I hope it doesn’t suck.






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Toyota Rep Allegedly Confirms New Supra Will Have A Manual Option





In June, it was reported that the new Toyota Supra may only be offered with an automatic transmission. Well, Supra enthusiasts may be in for a reprieve as a new report indicates a manual option is likely to be made available for the new sports car.

To begin with, we'll tell you that the source of this information has yet to be verified (we're working on it) so take it with a pinch of salt.

Taking to the iH8Mud forum, a member claims to have had dinner with a respected Toyota representative who divulged a few details about the new Supra. This rep, named Dave, has been involved in the product development of most modern North American Toyota models, including the 200 Series Land Cruiser.

When quizzed about the new sports car, the rep claimed it will be released in 2019 and have a manual transmission as an option. When you consider that Toyota's other enthusiast-focused car, the 86, is offered with a stick-shift, it would make sense for the automaker to offer a similar gearbox in the Supra, especially if it wants to back up its assertion of no longer building “boring cars.”

Alongside this transmission-related information, the rep said the new Supra may be available with two different engines. The first will apparently be developed between the Japanese marque and BMW but not be the latter's familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6. 400 hp could be on the cards. Additionally, a hybrid powertrain will be made available.

Sadly, Toyota itself is remaining tight-lipped about the whole thing. Hopefully it decides to detail its goals for the new Supra soon.
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The New Toyota Supra Went On Vacation With Some BMWs In Italy





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The new Toyota Supra: What’s the deal? Where is it? We’ve seen that camo’d mule running around now since people could still tolerate Taylor Swift, and yet no concept or production car has surfaced. All speculation about its future aside, we know where it’s been lately: chilling in Italy with some BMWs.

Hey, can you blame it here? Summer’s pretty much over. It’s trying to catch one last break with its friends before it has to show up at an auto show and eventually dealer lots. (If it ever does! Who the hell knows.)






Photographer Lucas Scarfone captured a few shots of the new car at the Grand Hotel in Arenzano, along with one camo’d up sedan that I am guessing is the next 3 Series and two roadsters destined to be the next Z4. Here’s hoping that ends up looking as good as the concept did.

Hope you and your friends had a nice time, Supra. See you in America soon?


















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