Watch Chris Harris Be Baffled By The Toyota Supra

Undoubtedly,wheneveryouhearaboutthenewToyotaSupra,somebodywillask,“IsthatreallyaToyota?,”or“Isn’tthatbasicallyaBMWwithaToyotabadge?”ThesameistruewithfamedautomotivejournalistChrisHarrisinarecentvideopublishedtotheTopGearYouTubechannel.

Inthevideo,whichyoucanwatchabove,Harristalksabouthisexperienceintheindustryleadinghimtoassociateanidentitywiththecarshedrives.Inparticular,hementionstheidentitiesthatcomewithbrands,notingthatanAudihasaveryuniquefeelrelativetoaBMW.ThefactToyota’snewsportscarhasDNAfromBMWleadsHarristodescribethenewSupraasoneofthestrangestcarshe’severdriven.

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Infact,theBritishpresenterhasalotofevidencetobackuphisclaim.HetalksaboutthedisconnectwithgettingintoaToyota,butbeinginsomethingthatisunmistakablyaBMW.“EverythingsaysBMW,fromthesoundthatitmakestothewaythatitdrives…thewaythatthematerialsevensmellinsideit,”saysHarris.AlthoughtheexteriorofthecariscompletelyToyota,thestraight-sixengine–theheartandsoulofthenewSupra–carriesaBMWbadge.

HarrisalsomentionshowthisdisconnectreflectsonToyotaMotorCompanyasawhole.TheSupraiscurrentlyitsflagshipvehicle,yetmostofitisjustaBMWthey’vethrownaToyotabadgeonto,right?Sure,we’veexperiencedthisbeforeintheautomotiveworld,butnotoftentotheextentwiththeSupra.

InaninterviewwithAutomotiveNewsEurope,chiefprojectengineerTetsuyaTadadescribesthereasoningforgoingtoBMW.Inshort,ToyotaknewtheSuprawouldn’tcarryhighproductionnumbersanddidn’twanttospendthemoneytodevelopitsownengine.Therefore,thebestalternativewastosourcethestraight-sixenginefromtheBMWZ4M40iandM340i.

AlthoughToyota’smovetoBMWcomponentshaspuristskickingandscreaming,itmakesbusinesssense.Thatsaid,ChrisHarrisstillcomparedthenewSupratogoingtoOktoberfestinaKimono.

Source:TopGear

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