German newspaper Focus.de reports on a BMW Z5 that is said to share the same platform as the iconic Toyota Supra.
Last year, 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. The Bavarians are said to benefit from the Japanese hybrid technology while Toyota will get to use some of BMW’s knowledge in diesel engines.
The co-built sports cars aim to bring a powerful successor to the BMW Z4 as well as to the Toyota Supra. From Japan comes support in the areas of electronics and hybridization while the engines will come from BMW.
Futuristic Rendering based on BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept
The naming convention is yet to be set in stone, but some rumors say the Z5 name is in the pool of options. Toyota’s version of the car could be named Supra again.
The pure two-seater comes with a rear-wheel drive platform and for BMW it will be in a roadster form, while the Toyota will be sold as a coupe. Performance is said to be between 211 and 367 horsepower. In addition, a hybrid eDrive will be offered as well. Unlike current plug-in hybrids, the electric motor in the BMW-Toyota sports car is tuned for performance. The continuous power is 136 hp while the short-term power mode has 204 hp available, says the German outlet.
More information is expected to be released later this year.