Ronan Glon on the rebirth of the Supra.
The sports car segment is declining all over the globe, so it’s increasingly difficult for companies to justify spending money on new entrants. That’s why… the Supra will share its platform with a BMW roadster envisioned as a replacement for the Z4.
There’s the German genes.
The Supra and BMW’s next drop-top will use the same basic architecture, but they’ll look completely different. For starters, the Supra will only be offered as a coupe while the roadster — which might adopt the Z5 name — won’t spawn a hardtop model. Brand-specific sheet metal will ensure the Supra looks like a Toyota and the Z4 like a BMW, and each company will give its sports car an engine developed in-house.
I didn’t know that sports car sales were in decline.