After a decade of anticipation and rumors, Toyota Supra is finally here. Even though not many people have been able to purchase 2020 Toyota Supra, car fanatics is questioning its close resemblance to the BMW Z4. Many wants to know why BMW 3.0-liter turbo inline-six engine and platform was used. Toyota’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada made shared some interesting observations regarding noise regulation, and car packaging. Without the partnership with BMW, 2020 Toyota Supra would have priced above $100,000. In an interview to Jalopnik, he was upfront about many things about the 2020 Toyota Supra.
Without the help from BMW, price of the 2020 Toyota Supra would have inflated and that would defeat the purpose of their sports car. This is also the reason why they didn’t use exotic materials such as carbon fiber components in new Supra. For Tetsuya Tada, 2020 Supra is like a baby to him and realizes the long gestation period involved in it. He has been with the company for more than 20 years and in that time, he knew what he wanted to do with the new Supra. Tetsuya is well aware of the criticism Supra faced with respect to BMW underpinning, price tag of $50,290 and automatic-only powertrain.
Nonetheless, he is convinced that they have built a true competitor to the Porsche Cayman S. During the initial stage of development of Supra and Z4, both the companies had similar aim. At that time, he got to know that BMW wanted the Z4 to be more wide, aerodynamic, shorter wheelbase and 300 pound lighter than the six-cylinder Z4. Packaging of engine was another deciding factor and this is why 2020 Toyota Supra is two-seater rather than 2+2s. To make Supra an all-Toyota project would have pushed the project by two to three years and increased the cost.