Perhaps we should be grateful that BMW’s crosstown rival wasn’t chosen to join Toyota on a Supra venture. The Mercedes-Benz front fascia and flashy headlights don’t look bad, but it’s not what we’d call a good look, either. Under the bonnet would almost certainly be the engine that powers all interesting Mercs these days – a 4.0-litre V8.
Truth be told, an Aston Martin makeover doesn’t make the Supra look that much different. The arched bonnet from the Vantage is exaggerated here, but perhaps that’s because extra space for a V8 or V12 is needed.
Speaking of V12, that’s pretty much a requisite for this Toyota-Ferrari mashup. Sure, it could borrow the F8 Tributo's vicious V8, but if there’s already room for an inline-six under the bonnet, an extra bank of cylinders shouldn’t be a problem. It already has the look of an 812 Superfast – with a bit of badge-engineering you get the Toyota Suprafast. It’s a no-brainer.
Had Toyota teamed up with its Japanese competitor, something quite interesting could’ve transpired. We’re not sure this take on a Nissan Supra is really the answer; it combines GT-R styling with a short 370Z wheelbase to create some very awkward proportions. However, perhaps working together these automakers could give purists of both brands something they’ve wanted for a long time – a proper Japanese-sourced inline-six engine.
Not all partnerships are destined for greatness. If you ever wondered what a supermini Supra might be like, we give you the Peugeot 208 Supra and its very happy face. With a four-cylinder mill turning the front wheels, we suspect the driver isn’t nearly as thrilled as the car.
One of the Supra’s trademark features is its front fascia with three large intakes. Electric power doesn’t need such things, so perhaps it’s very good that Tesla wasn’t on-board with Toyota for this joint venture. Honestly, this mashup actually looks quite good – it just doesn’t look anything like a Supra.
Volvo’s design language has evolved considerably over the last couple decades, though we suspect there’s a bit of old-school brick in this Supra rendition. That could stem from the V60, of which we see some resemblance in the front fascia, but the overall effect is rather like trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole.
For those who think the Supra’s exterior treatment is too tame, we give you the Corvette version. New and improved with more vents, wings, scoops, edgy lines, and an LS-based V8 under the bonnet, this rendering succeeds in looking nothing like a Corvette or a Supra. Perhaps, then, it’s the best design of them all.
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