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It appears that development of the Toyota Supra is progressing nicely ahead of its debut slated for 2018 – Japan’s next performance hero has been spied yet again, this time wearing less camouflage than before.

With a little bit of the disguise taken off, it’s even clearer that the new car will be inspired by the FT-1 concept from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The protruding nose cone, seemingly inspired by a Formula One car, appears to have been retained, while the triple air intakes give it an extra helping of aggression.

Also appearing to have been carried over from the show car are the wraparound windscreen design, Zagato-esque double bubble roof and a tall rear spoiler that peers over the slim tail lights. Unfortunately, the Supra doesn’t appear to retain the FT-1’s myriad scoops that give it an outlandish aesthetic.

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We’ve seen the interior before, and it appears to have been carried over wholesale from the BMW Z5 is is based on, with the three-spoke steering wheel, freestanding centre display, semi-virtual instrument cluster and even the climate control switchgear all taken from the BMW parts bin. Perhaps the production car will have a more unique interior design.

Under the bonnet, the Supra is expected to be powered by a range of BMW-derived inline four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, with the most powerful hybrid model getting capacitors and four-wheel drive. The cars are also tipped to benefit from BMW’s expertise in carbon fibre construction, joining the likes of the BMW i3, i8 and G12 7 Series in incorporating the material in their architecture.


SPYSHOTS: BMW Z5

GALLERY: Toyota FT-1 Concept