Tetsuya Tada, Chief Engineer of the new Supra, apologized for the 15 year wait, suggesting to Drive (an Australian publication) that a BMW partnership presented the "perfect opportunity" and avoided compromises that came with using existing in-house platforms.
Vague feedback was given on the nearly two decade long wait. Tada wished Toyota "could have brought a new Supra back much earlier" and said they're sorry that "it's been 15 long years."
Reviving the Supra began back in 2012, after Tada got pulled away from a GT86 press event for a meeting in Germany. Here the idea for shared development of the Z4 and A90 Supra was proposed. Following this was the Calty designed FT-1 concept that made its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Images of various test mules, an official Supra title trademark (2017), GR Supra Racing Concept and information leaks would confirm the Supra's return.
As for Tada, his background includes mentorship from Isao Tsuzuki (MKIV Supra Chief Engineer) that he consulted over development of the GT86, the only rear-wheel-drive vehicle in his portfolio.
Reveal of the new Supra concept under his control was said to usher in the "most capable, most exciting generation of vehicles" Toyota has produced since inception.
Its a bold statement that we hope translates into future Supra model years that make this 15+ year wait worth it. Not being a true Toyota product like the JZA80 and showing clear hallmarks of the BMW it shares a platform with didn't help, especially when every moment behind the wheel will remind you.
As for the future, when questioned about a possible manual transmission option, in statement he pointed out that Supra "fans don’t think it’s a huge requirement," and in another saying its "if the demand is there."
Understandably, Tada needs to make sound business moves but, if he's to make this Supra part of the "most exciting generation of vehicles" then giving fans more of what they want is non-negotiable.