New Details On The BMW-Toyota Sports Car

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In 2012, BMW and Toyota corporations announced a new partnership to expand their existing cooperation on EV battery R&D. The joint efforts will also include …

In 2012, BMW and Toyota corporations announced a new partnership to expand their existing cooperation on EV battery R&D. The joint efforts will also include a future cooperation on fuel cells, powertrain electrification, CFRP production, and BMW-Toyota Sports Car.

First rumors mentioned a possible successor to the popular Supra model. But MotorTrend joins the rumormill today with new information around a stand-alone coupe that will be positioned differently than the Z4 or even the i8 hybrids sportscar. A source close to Toyota told MotorTrend that by the time of the official announcement in January, the two companies had already conducted feasibility studies and development was well underway.

New Details  On The BMW Toyota Sports Car

Apparently the green-light came directly from Toyota boss Akio Toyoda, the same exec responsible for green-lighting the Lexus LFA and Toyota GT86. Tada is said to have already visited BMW multiple times in the past year or so.

“I am hoping for a synergy effect with BMW that will result in a product that none of us could have imagined; something more than anyone expects. I would like that to be something like a sports car,” Tada said in the interview. “I would even go so far as to say that for the collaboration to work we have to bring a product which exceeds all these expectations.”

So where is the hybrid’s power going to come from? The rumormill mentions that naturally aspirated, supercharged, and turbocharged versions are reportedly being considered paired with electric motors. A source tells the same magazine Toyota has been working on an all-wheel-drive GT86 equipped with front in-wheel motors and that this setup could make it into the new BMW-Toyota sports car. Additionally, the source says that BMW and Toyota products will have significantly different sheetmetal, unlike the 86/FR-S/BRZ.

The BMW-Toyota concept car is expected to be shown later this year at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

[Source: MotorTrend]

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.manne Charles Manne

    Are you kidding me? This is a step down for BMW.

    • zuhairzc

      Toyota is the worlds biggest auto manufacturer. Not to mention they made a $375,000 supercar.

    • BMW HUH?

      Yeah, a real step down. A BMW without cheaply made plastic important parts that fail often. BMW should be so lucky!!

    • empower

      money doesn’t see class. it would be a step down if it was GM. they are both leaders of there respected fields. and are industrial pioneers. vw run Audi but do the buyers think they have worked with a lesser brand the car is crap. they should in that case. BMW and Toyota will be a good match. or would u be happy with BMW and Lexus

    • empower

      money doesn’t see class. it would be a step down if it was GM. they are both leaders of there respected fields. and are industrial pioneers. vw run Audi but do the buyers think they have worked with a lesser brand the car is crap. they should in that case. BMW and Toyota will be a good match. or would u be happy with BMW and Lexus

  • Michael

    I think everyone is misinterpreting the extent of the relationship. It’s imbecilic to compare it to Audi’s extremely close relationship with VW in which there is extensive sharing between the two brands and which people HAVE mocked them for. This relationship is rather specific to research and development. Toyota is undeniably a lesser brand, a $375k Lexus is irrelevant in that it is one model. It is no different that Ford selling a $150k GT. Because it was such an exception to the overall rule of the Ford brand it doesn’t elevate the Ford brand in a significant capacity. But, one thing Toyota has is cash. Their cash spends just like everyone else’s and their collaborative efforts with BMW will undeniably result in something that reflects the large costs incurred in the process of development. In simple terms for the incapacitated, the result will not be beneath that of the reputation of BMW and there is no need for concern.

  • Rajith

    BMW please don’t do this..! those Japaneses morons are trying to steal your technology.. and get famous.. and a luxurious brand like BMW doesn’t corporate with a normal car brand.. that’s a black mark to the brand BMW. please BMW don’t do this.. I’m begging you..!

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