2020 Supra Gets Stripped to Prove Toyota's "Fraud" With Dozens of BMW Logos
21 October 2019 - autoevolution
Is the Toyota Supra actually a BMW in disguise?
The internet was initially disappointed with everything about this sports car being developed with a lot of German parts, including the engine. But while Toyota says most of the engineering work is theirs, that still doesn't mean the parts come from Japan.
The best way to get to the bottom of this story is not to write tweets to Toyota, but to actually buy one and take it apart. The crew at Daily Driven Exotics did just that; they bought the cheapest Supra they could find and decided the red paint needed to be wrapped. Just so the color gets into every nook, everything "needs" to be taken apart.
Well, it obviously doesn't need to, but that's how you expose all the BMW logos, and there's a lot of them, much more than even we thought. Some of them are rather embarrassing too. Sure, we know about the 3-liter engine being the same as the Z4, including the turbo and all the electronics. But why aren't the brakes or suspension arms from Toyota?
A BMW logo stamped into the Supra's exhaust muffler is also kind of embarrassing, but we can live with the battery since it goes with all the BMW electronics.
The cosmetics are mostly done by Toyota - bumpers, door and fenders. However, you will still see BMW logos on the chassis bits holding those parts in place. And you're probably aware, most of the interior is slightly old BMW tech, like you got in the recently retired 3 Series, which means the Z4's interior is more advanced. Ironically, nobody gives a hoot about that car, even though they're built together in Austria.
In case you're wondering, the color chosen is kind of a Lamborghini green, which we can't wait to check out. For now, enjoy the teardown.