Ok so today I want to go in a different direction than we have explored to date. It may take some assumptions on our part but I'm confident you guys are capable.
So we know Toyota and BMW are working on SOMETHING together, what remains to be seen, regardless lets work off a popular assumption that BMW and Toyota are not in fact working on the next Supra but an entirely separate project likely for Lexus. BMW has come out and said that while they are working on a project with Toyota the platform under the FT-1 concept is not in fact their joint venture. Fine, its a concept anyways, but that did get me thinking what is the FT-1 on?
While unable to directly confirm what exactly the FT-1 rides on, considering BMW's insistence that the FT-1 is not linked to them in anyway the next logical assumption is that the FT-1 is actually using a platform borrowed from the Lexus RC. The RC is based on a shortened Toyota S platform which also sees use under the GS, IS and Toyota Crown, considering the copious use this platform has already seen its fair to assume its well past its payback for Toyota. In mentioning the RC I think its necessary to say that the RC is successor to the defunct Lexus SC, and not the tepid SC roadster, but the original coupe. What makes this point salient is that the SC was ALWAYS based on the MKIV Supras architecture, so in reincarnating the SC as the RC I think we have to consider the possibility that the MKV Supra will be making use of the shortened Toyota S platform as well.
So in using a paid back chassis would bring development costs well down and could even facilitate a starting MSRP of under $40K. I can hear you now asking about motivation, consider this quip from BMW
"We're talking to Toyota - can we have a platform that sits nicely under a roadster? It's possible," he said, adding that BMW and Toyota have been working well together in other areas, such as sharing diesel engines, developing new units, and researching fuel cell vehicles and battery technology.
"It's a good marriage with both parties so strong and we're moving the programme forward," he said.
If Toyota and BMW are in fact engine sharing, would it not be completely feasible to see the MKV Supra based on the Toyota S platform just like the Lexus RC using BMW straight six motivation?