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BMW Toyota Sportscar Confirmed

News | December 31st, 2013 by 22
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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 …

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.

Diess refrained to go into the specifics but the rumormill churns out that a Z5 model could be in works, or even a hybrid supercar.

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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.

  • Giom

    Exciting stuff. I would have preferred such a partnership with Aston Martin instead, but I do see merit in this collaboration.
    What I really would have wanted, was a super hot Z4. With a hard top et al. I think BMW is missing a great opportunity with this beauty.

    • Rupert Marsh

      What’s wrong with the new Z4’s existing hardtop-to-topdown arrangement? It seems impressive to me. I agree with you on the output though, fully. A proper M Power version would seem to be a great move by BMW. Something at or beyond the 350bhp mark for example. Power to weight would make that quite something…?

    • Rupert Marsh

      What’s wrong with the new Z4’s existing hardtop-to-topdown arrangement? It seems impressive to me. I agree with you on the output though, fully. A proper M Power version would seem to be a great move by BMW. Something at or beyond the 350bhp mark for example. Power to weight would make that quite something…?

  • ed

    I hope it has a Toyota engine for reliability and BMW gives it a taste of forced induction. Also with BMW exterior and Toyota/Lexus interior. Would be flawless.

    • BottomGear

      Was just going to say…hope it has Toyota reliability and BMW performance, not the other way around!

    • Guest

      have you never driven a BMW inline 6? No toyota engine comes close to that. let toyota work on the electronics.
      personally I can’t see how this is good for BMW unless they are that far behind in electrics. Makes me wonder about i3 and i8
      BMW is pretty fine with reliability, it’s the repair costs that is the problem. Most parts are just a touch over engineered.
      I want a BMW / Subaru

      • mike z

        Have you ever driven the legendary Toyota inline 6, the 2jz? The motor being swapped into many different cars because of how godly it is and able to make RELIABLE power? Seen it swapped in many BMWs too lol. Has anyone really even bothered swapping any i6 from a BMW into anything else? No? I wonder why lmao.

        • GTII

          Agreed totally! Legendary 2JZ..mother of all inline 6s!
          But I guess the other guy is referring to NA high revving 6s..which is BMWs forte..but everyone is going forced induction now.. eventhough 10 years ago. ///M division was quoted as they would never go turbos for the ///Ms .. hahahaha

    • ctchrisf

      have you never driven a BMW inline 6? No toyota engine comes close to that. let toyota work on the electronics.

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  • ctchrisf

    personally I can’t see how this is good for BMW unless they are that far behind in electrics. Makes me wonder about i3 and i8
    BMW is pretty fine with reliability, it’s the repair costs that is the problem. Most parts are just a touch over engineered.
    I want a BMW / Subaru

    • Rupert Marsh

      Agree your first point. Cost of repair feels like more of a financial pain when the vehicles get older if you don’t want to trade it in. In my case, with an E46 M3 ’03 in perfect condition, yes it costs a relatively huge amount annually to keep it that way (I only go to BMW for service etc), but this cost is incomparable to the capital outlay required to buy a new model. I happen not to admire any of the later models as much, in design, as the one I own. To the idea of any brand collaboration, my own attitude: keep BMW pure BMW. Don’t dilute the brand strength by using any other manufacturer.

    • Rupert Marsh

      Agree your first point. Cost of repair feels like more of a financial pain when the vehicles get older if you don’t want to trade it in. In my case, with an E46 M3 ’03 in perfect condition, yes it costs a relatively huge amount annually to keep it that way (I only go to BMW for service etc), but this cost is incomparable to the capital outlay required to buy a new model. I happen not to admire any of the later models as much, in design, as the one I own. To the idea of any brand collaboration, my own attitude: keep BMW pure BMW. Don’t dilute the brand strength by using any other manufacturer.

  • Adam

    Lets hope bmw don’t place the indestructible timing chain at the back of the engine this time.. twats. Leave it to Toyota for the engine

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