It is finally official. BMW and Toyota confirmed that the two companies are working together to develop a future sportscar. Not just one car, but rather two.
“We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands,” BMW Development Chief Herbert Diess told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Reuters is reporting.
The rumormill mentions that naturally aspirated, supercharged, and turbocharged versions are reportedly being considered paired with electric motors. A source told MotorTrend in the past that 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 GT86/FR-S/BRZ models.
We expect to learn more about this project in early 2014.