For many, the A90 Supra is not the successor to the A80 that fans have been waiting for. With a platform and motor that’s shared with the new BMW Z4, its difficult not to look at the Supra and see a BMW parts bin car. To Toyota’s credit they have gone on record to say that these two cars have been tuned much differently but is this the kind of treatment that such a legacy product deserves?
The response to the A90 would have been much different if Toyota had simply outsourced the powerplant, but the parts sharing does not stop there. The suspension, wheel hub and bearing package, steering column and HVAC system all seem to be pulled directly from BMW. The body may be unique to the Supra, but even the engine mount support brackets that are welded to the frame rails are shared from the X3 and X4.
With regards to the specs on the A90, these are somewhat underwhelming too. After more than a decade, power output has only increased by 15 horsepower and the 0-60 mph time has only improved by .9 seconds. Though the slightly smaller and lighter chassis may improve overall handling and braking, this isn’t the supercar rival that the original Supra was intended to be.
The lack of a manual transmission is another odd exclusion, with Toyota claiming that one could be developed if there is enough consumer demand. Yes, manual gearboxes have been slowly phasing out for years now, but this should have been a given on what should be a driver-focused car.
Inside the cabin is where similarities with the Z4 are most evident. Everything including the switchgear is straight out of a BMW. That’s not to say they don’t make a nice interior, but Toyota should have done a lot more to distinguish the two.
With rumors of a lightweight, track-focused model in the pipeline, there could be further changes to the platform that make it less of a mixed breed. We only hope that future revisions of the A90, place a greater emphasis on its Japanese heritage.