TOKYO: The new upcoming product created with the combined technology of Toyota and BMW, the fifth generation sportscar “Toyota Supra”, will definitely be more expensive and more powerful than Corvette Stingray.
Back in 1992, a Toyota Supra Mark 4 was something like a Chevrolet Corvette substitute coming at a much lower price but also with a smaller less-powerful engine. While the 1992 LT1 Corvette was making 300 hp, the same year Supra with the turbo inline-six was doing only about 200 hp. But that was no problem for speed maniacs, since the tuning community would have turned your stock Supra into a Corvette fighter right quick using just a custom exhaust and maybe a new turbo.
Now however, according to a report, the fifth generation Toyota Supra is expected to be a direct rival to the Vette, pushing some 400 hp from a turbocharged V6 and/or an electric motor down to the rear wheels. There’s also the rumour that’s likely to cost more than the Vette, which is now priced at $55,000, reason that pushes us into believing it will be a hybrid after all.
Whatever the two companies have in mind, we’ll still have to play the waiting game a bit more. The project has been recently switched to prototyping stage after a long 2-year feasibility testing period. So even now, it’s a bit to early to jump to conclusions.