While BMW and Toyota have acknowledged their joint project on a sportscar, the two companies are still being pretty tight-lipped when it comes details around the future car.
German magazine AutoZeitung ran a story today on the joint sportscar and some new information have been revealed. First, a source within BMW says that the project is not about a supercar, but rather “an innovative and emotional athlete for larger production.”
So what is known so far? The car will definitely make high use of lightweight materials, starting with carbon fiber and aluminum, and other parts inside the car. The low weight, matched to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive architecture will turn the car into a “fast athlete”, not only on track but on regular roads as well.
The car is also said to be sitting extremely low with the driver having an unusually low-positioned instrument panel in his or her field of vision.
Under the hood, BMW is said to favor a supercharged version of the S55 3.0 liter inline six engine with nearly 400 horsepower.
The standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h? Likely it will come in about four seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. A hybrid version, and a diesel are not planned by BMW so far.
The possible entry price points are expected to be at best under the 35,000 euro mark for the Toyota version, while the sharper and stronger BMW will cost at least 5,000 and 10,000 euros more.
The joint sportscar will debut sometimes in 2017.