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Toyota Supra with 4-cylinder engine is dead

A month ago, there were rumors that Toyota might stop offering its sports car, the Supra. Now it’s official. According to information from the company, the Supra powered by a four-cylinder engine will no longer be on offer from 2025.

The Supra first appeared on the market in 1978, and by 2002, four generations of this grand tourer had been produced. In 2019, the fifth generation developed in cooperation with BMW arrived on the market. It shares the platform and many parts with the BMW Z4 (G29), which will also soon be discontinued. It was offered in options with 4- and 6-cylinder turbocharged engines.

There are several reasons for the shutdown of this model, and one of them is the poor sales results in the first three months of 2024 when Toyota managed to sell only 484 units of this model, which is a drop of 44.4 percent compared to the same period in 2023 (871 units).

Thus, the Toyota Supra remains only with a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with 382 hp (285 kW) and 368 lb-ft (499 Nm) of torque, paired with an automatic or manual transmission. That is enough for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The version with manual transmission reaches 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.

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Toyota Supra has reached its end

At the beginning of 2024, BMW announced that it plans to stop producing the two-seater Z4, also known as the E85 in roadster form and E86 in coupé form. Now it appears that another manufacturer is retiring its sports car and grand tourer in 2026. It is the Toyota Supra, which was launched on the market by the Japanese manufacturer in 1978.

The reasons for this decision are the problems of the company Magna Steyr, which produces both sports cars in Austria. According to reports, this company is laying off 500 employees from the plant in Graz because the production of several models has either already ended or will soon end. Models like the BMW Seres 5 or the Fisker Ocean were also produced in this facility.

Toyota did not comment on this information, but Auto News investigated and found that the Supra could indeed end its life journey. “We’ve partnered with BMW and it’s been successful. We’re looking at what’s going to happen in the future. If we’re going to produce something, we’re going to figure out how to do it,” said Toyota North America Vice President Dave Christ.

Dave Christ did not specify whether production will be moved to another facility. However, the first option would be more likely because in the first three months of 2024, Toyota sold only 484 units of this model, which is a drop of 44.4 percent compared to the same period in 2023 (871 units).

Source: Auto News

2024 BMW Z4 Pure Impulse

At the 2002 Paris Motor Show BMW introduced the sports model Z4 which was offered in two versions, roadster and coupe. It was produced until 2008, and now the Bavarian company presented a new special edition of this model, the BMW Z4 Pure Impulse.

The car is powered by a 3.0L inline six engine with 340 hp (254 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to all wheels. It will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, which is only 0.1 second slower than the models equipped with the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

The car comes in two body colors, Frozen Green Metallic (European market) and Sanremo Green Metallic (American market). It is equipped with the “Handschalter” package, revised adaptive M suspension, new front and rear springs, a specially strengthened set of anti-roll bars, as well as the Shadowline package with black details on the grille, emblems and mirror caps. The electronic mapping for the rear shock absorbers has also been retuned, as has the mapping for the variable sport steering. It is mounted on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.

Inside, the interior exudes a blend of sumptuous elegance and sporting flair. Vernasca leather trim in Cognac with black M piping is exclusive to this car.

The BMW Z4 Pure Impulse will go into production next month.

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