“Automotive manipulator” Theophilus Chin is back with two renders showing his vision of the next generation Toyota Supra and Nissan 370Z.
He used the Toyota FT-1 concept as foundation for elaborating the new Supra which we all know it’s being co-developed with BMW and recently we heard it will have roughly the same size as the Porsche 911. It will feature an aluminum spaceframe chassis wrapped around in carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels so it should be very light and nimble.
In terms of engines, reports are indicating the availability of an inline-six 3.0-liter pushing more than 335 bhp (250 kW) along with a plug-in hybrid version rated at 473 bhp (353 kW). It should be mentioned that Toyota might not use the Supra moniker as recently they registered the S-FR nameplate which could be used for the much anticipated sports car due in 2017.
Moving on to the Nissan 370Z replacement, it will apparently be cheaper and could be offered initially only with a targa top and a Mercedes-Benz-derived four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine working together with an electric motor and a seven-speed automatic transmission. This hardware arrangement should provide a combined output of 247 bhp (184 kW) while later on there’s going to be a high-performance version with a V6 3.0-liter engine also from Mercedes-Benz.
It will apparently be out sometime next year and might receive the “Z35” designation. We could get a first taste of the car towards the end of October at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show where Nissan is expected to show a concept.