Toyota told how much Supra would cost, if not for BMWMay 8, 2019
The Japanese company revealed some financial secrets. The fact is that some Toyota sportcar fans criticized the manufacturer for developing Supra in partnership with BMW. Meanwhile, as noted by the chief engineer of Supra Tetsuya Tada, if Toyota developed this sports car solely on its own, the cost of the Toyota Supra could exceed 100 thousand dollars.
“To make a car so expensive means to bury our idea of a Toyota sports car. That’s why he doesn’t use exotic materials like carbon fiber, ”Tada added.
Toyota worked in partnership with BMW in the early stages of project development. So, the companies built the Toyota Supra coupe and the BMW Z4 roadster on the same platform, and then the teams split up to refine the models in accordance with the policies of each brand.
“It was not about reducing costs. The Supra should have a straight six-cylinder engine. BMW had a good six-cylinder engine, ”noted Tetsuya Tada. He said that the development of a new inline six-cylinder engine is not feasible from the point of view of costs, since the company plans to move to electrify its model range. In addition, the time required to develop the engine would additionally delay the output of the Supra.
Tada said that he believes the noise of the Toyota Supra engine is one of the most attractive features of the new Supra.
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