Toyota Supra Won’t Be Getting Android Auto Like Its BMW CounterpartsMay 20, 2020
Unlike its BMW counterparts, the 2021 Toyota Supra will not come with the option of having Android Auto available in it.
Before you call the upcoming Toyota Supra a “BMW Z4 under the hood”, let this fact sink in so you can decide whether to agree or not. There’s no denying the fact that BMW’s iDrive is among the best infotainment systems you can find in any car, but the Supra won’t be getting its German counterpart’s latest iDrive 7 software.
What this means is the 2021 Toyota Supra won’t be receiving BMW’s July iDrive update that will add Android Auto functionality. BMW announced last year about its plan to integrate Android Auto into its vehicles equipped with iDrive 7 in July 2020.
The co-developed BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra do, however, share a number of features. From housing the same engine and gearbox to being built on a similar framework, there are quite a few similarities between the two. Although, the German automaker’s decision to not lend its mechanical sibling the latest iDrive 7 may hurt a bit.
Will The Loss Stop People From Buying The Latest Supra?
As per the report on Roadshow goes, Ben Haushalter, Toyota’s senior manager of vehicle product planning, said the company has no immediate plans to put iDrive 7 tech in the Supra. Even so, Toyota seems confident that the lack of Android Auto will not deter many, if any, customers from purchasing their latest creation.
Haushalter further said, “We’re collecting customer feedback to see if that’s something they’re interested in. We visited over a dozen dealers… we met with owners. Honestly, the Android Auto question hasn’t come up as huge detractors so far.”
The 2021 Toyota Supra will come equipped with a basic 8.8-inch infotainment screen, with the option of adding a Safety and Technology Package. Said expansion will support the wireless Apple CarPlay feature.
The 2021 Toyota Supra
The new Supra with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine is one of the most awaited sports car this year. The new model received a power bump to 382 horsepowers and a torque of 368 lb-ft — a feat not achieved before.
Additionally, the 2021 lineup also features a four-cylinder engine option with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, producing 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both the variants feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The four-cylinder Supra was initially slated to hit the road by August this year. Unfortunately, recent plant closures due to the coronavirus pandemic have delayed its arrival until late fall. An official date hasn’t been announced yet.
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