http://www.evo.co.uk/toyota/gt-86/19033/toyota-will-produce-three-strong-sports-car-lineupOne big reason the GT86 isn’t gaining lots more power is the incoming Supra, a car that make’s Tada-San’s face light up at the very mention of its name. Telling EVO “The car should be lighter than its rivals”, Tada-San’s admiration for the Porsche Cayman over the larger, heavier 911 gives a hint to the new car’s size and character.
obviously cost savings; its just cheaper to the reskin the Z. but another reason i think is weight. all the online rumors have said they want to keep it around 3,000 lbs or so. the FT1 concept is similar in size to both the RC and LC, so one would think if the new Supra was round the same size it would have most likely just have been 200lbs or so lighter. on the Lexus website it has the RC350 at 3,748 lb and the RCF at 3,958 lb. no official word on the LC yet, but magazines and test drivers have estimated it at 4,200 lbs.Why do they have to decrease the size by 10%? This just makes it so similar in size to an 86, Celica, or Integra, but a Supra is supposed to be a grand tourer.
if they had gone this route i dont think the car would be affordable, and only people like Sun Devil could buy oneToyota made the biggest mistake by making the new Supra based on the joint BMW platform.
The best (realistic) option in my opinion would be to take the LC500 platform, that is amazing, has the MKIV Supra lines, and develop it under Toyota and GRMN as Supra MKV.
Gazoo Racing is already pushing the platform boundaries as in the first 2 races in GT500 in the Japanese GT Championship, the LC outperformed all other competitors.
That platform with a V6 3.0 twin turbo hybrid topping 400-500hp would be the best solution.
Instead the chose to go the other way....