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Toyota Will Improve Supra's Performance With Every Release, Says Chief Engineer

Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that there are more Supras to come in future, and they will get more powerful with every release.

It took 17 years for fans to see a new Supra debut but, according to Tada, the car will continue to roll out for years to come.

Despite Toyota's reputation as one of the top sports car manufacturers around, they decided to collaborate with other partners in order to develop the 86 and the 2020 Toyota Supra.

The former was co-developed with Subaru, who sells it as the BRZ, while BMW had major involvement in the making of the 2020 Supra. Former BMW CEO Herbert Diess - now boss at Volkswagen - had intentions for the two companies to collaborate on the i8 successor but Tada declined. The friction caused a holdup in the partnership and it took Diess's departure to get things back on track.

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There were still a few things to iron out as BMW wanted to continue work on the Z4, but Tada ensured that a powerful sports car made it out of the partnership.

The Supra packs 335 horsepower, less than the six-cylinder version of the Z4's 382, but it still tops where performance is concerned.

Tada was recently interviewed by Autoblog and outlined Toyota's plans for the Supra. "With a sports car, the promise is to offer more performance with each additional version," he noted, also indicating that new Supras will be released pretty much every year.

The chief engineer steered clear of confirming figures but Autoblog reckons the six-cylinder Supra will get around 50 horsepower added when it's facelifted in three or so years. In the meantime, more performance upgrades, such as carbon-ceramic brakes, should emerge.

Tada revealed that there will be no manual version of the current Supra, despite the backlash from purists. He advises people who want a manual to get a Toyota 86 instead.

Also, the arrival of BMW's Z4 makes it so that there won't be a roadster version of the Supra.

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