2020 Toyota Supra: Modern day badge engineering?

As we all know by now, the long rumored new version of a Japanese classic was officially unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit - the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. With its first production unit pre-sold for a whopping $2.1 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction, it certainly sparked an applause. People have been waiting for the car's rebirth even more religiously than they did for the Acura NSX (which sales flopped) and it has absolutely everything to do with its famous engine, its appearance as the hero car in the first iteration of the over-done by now Fast And Furious movie franchise, the ease at which the car can be modified and of course, its classic, beautiful, sexy looks. But with the 2020 year model being developed by both, Toyota and BMW, questions arise whether this reborn version of the 90's classic is simply just another case of badge engineering.

BMW themselves will sell the new Supra in a roadster version, albeit with its design language all over the vehicle as their new Z4. Is it possible that Toyota simply paid BMW to use their platform to base their new car on? It is reportedly built on BMW's CLAR car platform and even Toyota's version will feature exclusively BMW's engines. Which prompts gives us more questions than it answers.

The interwebs is full of articles about the the new Supra. None of them though, completely answer my question. Lots of people speculate on the subject, some are even angry at Toyota for borrowing the car's design from the German manufacturer. Luckily, I've come across an interesting YouTube video, that confirms my fears. And at the same time it reassures that Toyota have had their hand in the design process all along. Reportedly Toyota, when working with BMW on the car even made sure its parts and components are up to their own reliability and durability standards. Their choice of the car's suspension and powertrain simply came from them liking BMW's existing options, and the car is using current parts from the German's manufacturers part's bin which saves money in the development process as well as the production itself.

But go ahead, watch the video yourself and tell me what you think! Just click here.

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