Toyota’s 2020 Supra is famously more BMW than Toyota-made, but what if their latest sports car was built without the help of BMW and instead was made with a different carmaker partner?
When Toyota introduced the A90 Supra, it was to the collective applause of car enthusiasts the world over. Sure, it was being made in partnership with BMW so it wouldn’t be entirely Toyota’s creation, but who cares? Lots of carmakers partner up for low-yield sports cars. It’s just the way the modern vehicle economy works.
Then journalists starting looking under the hood of the Supra and found less Toyota and more BMW than they were expecting. In fact, most of the car seems to be made by BMW, including the chassis, powertrain, suspension, brakes, wiring, and even the windshield.
That got the folks over at Budget Direct thinking: if the Supra is more BMW than Toyota, what might the Supra have looked like if the Japanese company teamed up with someone else?
Starting with Chevrolet. Engineers at GM are already hard at work making the mid-engine next-gen Corvette, but if Toyota somehow got involved, we could easily see the Supra become a longer, flatter, wider vehicle to fit the mid-engine configuration.
What if Toyota went upscale? BMW might make expensive luxury cars, but Ferrari makes 1% supercars. This Supra has the grille and nose of the F8 Tributo combined with the headlights and hood of the 812 Superfast while still maintaining the distinctive double-bump cabin that makes the Supra oh so special.
What if Toyota opted for the other German carmaker? A Mercedes Supra sports the unique grille configuration of Daimler’s AMG performance division and seems to take some design cues from the GT-R, albeit with a somewhat longer wheelbase.
A Nissan-Toyota Supra is especially interesting. It has the shorter, more squat appearance of the 370Z along with the flat tail end and sloping hood. We especially like the slate grey paint job.
Finally, we end with a… Tesla-Toyota Supra? Well, we didn’t say that one coming, but we can’t argue with the results. Likely this means the Supra ditches it’s 3.0-L turbo 6-cylinder for a pair of electric motors and an all-electric range of 300 miles. For some reason, Toyota agreed to a crossover body style instead of a coupe, which seems out of place, but it’s what sells these days.