Toyota has been teasing us with news of the new Supra for what, 6 years now? Ever since the collaboration between Toyota and BMW was announced, many a petrolhead thanked the heavens, for at last, there will be a successor to the legendary Supra.
And I am here to tell you why this second generation isn't a worthy successor.
1. Toyota has taken way too long
New car launches are supposed to be exciting, but with the Supra, it just.... isn't
Let me explain:
When a manufacturer is about to launch a new car, they usually create some excitement by teasing us with concept images; maybe a silhouette of the car, or a headlight or something. This works, and tells the car community that something cool or exciting is on the way. Toyota tried the same with the Supra, but took waaaay to long. Car manufacturers usually release concepts a year or two before the launch, the most I remember being 10 with the LFA, but that made up for it by being a bonkers super car from a company that never made one before. Toyota, on the other hand, has loads of experience creating cool cars; the AE86, OG Supra and the MR2 all spring to mind. Why they would need 6 years to create another one is beyond me. Even if they needed that much time, why on earth did they announce a new Supra 6 years in advance? The excitement has just dried up.
The FT-HS, the predecessor to the FT-1, launched all the way back in 2007
2. It is using way to many things from BMW
Now, I am not claiming that BMW's engines or platforms are rubbish or anything like that, 'cause that would be stupid. No, what I am moaning about is that Toyota didn't bother to develop this car on their own.
It's the new Supra for crying out loud! Dropping a BMW engine in it reeks of cost cutting. Toyota is no stranger to making sporty engines, so why didn't they create a new one? The same applies to the chassis. Sure the cost of the car would go up, but that's not the point. The point is, I don't want a Supra badge stuck on a car that Toyota didn't develop entirely on their own. I don't want this car to go down in the history books as another Pontiac GTO.
3.It looks nothing like the original.
Now, I don't claim to be a professional car designer, because I am not one and probably never will be. But really, how hard can it be to make the new car look a bit like the old one? Mazda pulled it off with the Miata, which is damn near identical to the NA apart from the lack of the pop ups. Nearly every other aspect of it is identical, from the silhouette to the weight of the car, which has only increased by around 70 kilograms. The new Supra is supposed to be a bit of nostalgia, not some futuristic looking space ship rocket thing. Just to be clear, I am not saying that the FT-1 concept looks ugly or boring, 'cause it isn't. What I don't like is that it doesn't remind you of the Supra.
Why can't the new Supra look even a teensy bit like this?
So, there you have it. Why I hate the new Supra.
Image Credits: Garage Dreams, Wikipedia, Car and Driver.