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2018 Toyota Supra spotted again, begins Nurburgring tests (video)

September 24, 2016

Another video has popped up on the ‘Tube showing the 2018 Toyota Supra. This time engineers are spotted commencing testing on the Nurburgring.

2018 Toyota Supra prototype

We saw a prototype earlier this week in and around the Nurburgring, but this is the first time the prototype has properly hit the track. Thanks to cvdzijden YouTube channel, we can see it looks like engineers are only in the initial stages of testing, driving gently around the bends.

Interestingly, the prototype is registered with a Munich number plate – the ‘M’ at the beginning. Munich is BMW’s home town, suggesting there is plenty of BMW influence in Toyota’s new sports car as part of the co-development deal signed back in 2012.

It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what powers the revived sports car. Some reports are predicting it will be a combination of BMW’s turbo four or six, along with Toyota’s clever hybrid tech.

This seems the most likely combination, however, there is also a chance Toyota will use its V6 as seen in the current Lexus GS 450h. Either way, we should expect around 300kW in total.

2018 Toyota Supra prototype-rear

BMW is likely to infuse some of its extensive handling, steering and driving dynamics knowledge into the car, via suspension geometry and wheel positioning and so on. At the time of the initial agreement between the two companies, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda said:

“Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells … I believe BMW’s strength is developing sports cars. I get so excited thinking about the cars that will result from this relationship.”

More details will probably be trickled out over the coming months. Take a look below for a preview.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.