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New Toyota Supra snapped with BMW interior switchgear and auto 'box


Reportedly set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, a report from the United Kingdom has alleged that the forthcoming Toyota Supra will make extensive use of BMW electronics, and offered solely with a automatic gearbox.

Pictured by Autocar magazine undergoing testing at the Nürburgring, the revived sports coupe, developed in partnership with BMW whose version will carry the Z4 designation instead of Z5 as initially reported, was snapped with its passenger window open revealing extensive interior disguise, but with the same pistol grip gear lever and iDrive rotary dial as models from Munich.

As well as an expansive infotainment display on top of the dashboard, some of the switchgear depicted borrows from BMW with the same applying to the central air vents.

The publication further claims that the Supra will also feature a hybrid four-wheel drive drivetrain again similar to that of BMW, but with lessons learned from the company's running of the TS030 at the Le Mans 24 hours. The setup would therefore effectively rule out the option of a manual gearbox being offered.

Although only pictured with heavy amounts of camouflage in place, the coupe-only Supra is expected to incorporate styling traits from the FT-1 concept shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, although recent spy shots have seen it featuring taillights similar to that of the A80 sold between 1993-2002.



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