The upcoming BMW-Toyota sports car gets another rendering. German magazine Autobild illustrates what the jointly developed sports car would look like.
The two companies have been tight-lipped about details but the two companies say their partnership will last until at least 2020. In addition to the sports car, Toyota and the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles are cooperating on research into fuel cells, lightweight technology and lithium-air batteries. The two companies agreed to work together on lithium-ion batteries in 2012.
Some sources mention the reborn Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4 replacement (potentially called Z5) are due to appear within three years and BMW is leading the packaging and design of both cars. Toyota will contribute to the styling as well. Other sources hint to a three-cylinder Z3 spin off and also a powerful six-cylinder Z6.
The design of the Z4 replacement’s body is taking priority in the creative process, and hence designers are focusing on perfecting a convertible design.
BMW brings to the table their knowledge in lightweight construction and the latest technology advancements from the i sub-brand.
BMW sources are saying the BMW Z5 will feature a more radical front-mid-engine bias. Under the hood, it will feature a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with three power stages: 190 hp, 245 hp and 270 hp. The engine will be matted to a ZF 8-speed automatic or six-speed manual.
An Z5 M is also rumored.