Iconic Japanese performance nameplate returns after years in the desert It's impossible to talk about the new Toyota Supra, which arrived some 25 years after the fourth-generation, iconic 'A80' car was launched, let alone BMW. So we can do that for now, before moving on to the more important questions of the car itself: how it looks, how it feels behind the wheel, and how you might end up feeling parted with £54,000 to own it. Genesis this week's road test was in 2012, when the German and Japanese Marquez deepened the roots of the agreement to jointly develop hydrogen fuel cells, technologies, electrification and light materials. The new sports car was also part of the collaboration, which is why we now have the updated BMW Z4 and Toyota's first flagship sports car in decades. In terms of specifications, the cars are twins, and even built next to each other (and by the way, a Mercedes G-Class and a Jaguar i-Pace) by Magna Steyr in Austria - the first time the Supra has been built outside of Japan. Some controversy concerns division of labor during pregnancy. Toyota says BMW was the perfect partner because the inline-six diesel engine is one of the main elements of the new Supra Gr's identity (the initials were Gazoo Races, like all Toyota performance models are now branded), and if you want to buy in bulk, great inline six-cylinder petrol engines, your options are limited. But that doesn't fully explain why the Supra's platform, gearbox, wheelbase and much of the electronics are also shared with BMW. Inevitably, of course, it comes down to economics. Legendary Toyota boss Akio Toyoda, who says he has honed his driving skills on the A80 above, is seen as enthusiastic about the driving force behind the Supra's renaissance, but the project has yet to turn a profit. In today's competitive marketplace, trading in the upfront fixed costs associated with engineering a new sports car from the ground up increases your chances of making money from it. And don't forget that Toyota has a recent track record of doing something similar, collaborating with Subaru to create the GT86 and. Get ready to find out where this new sports car sits and what it holds up against the competition from Porsche, Alpine and, yes , BMW – and what kind of Toyota it really is. Price £54,000 Power 335bhp Torque 368lb ft 0-60mph 4.4sec 30-70mph in fourth 4.8sec Fuel consumption 28.4mpg CO2 emissions less than 170g / km 70-0mph 41.9 m, g Supra Spectrum at a glance The modern Supra service starts with but one power option: under the body is a turbocharged 3,0-liter inline-six paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with both elements sourced from BMW . More powerful variants are expected, and Toyota has tested a version with a manual transmission, although it hasn't put a manual version on sale yet. There are two trim levels: the Supra Gr Gr and the Supra Pro.