New details emerge on the sports cars jointly developed by BMW and Toyota. According to Motoring magazine citing unnamed sources, the two companies aim to launch two sports cars about the size of a Porsche 911 and with around 470 horsepower. The models are said to be built on aluminum spaceframe chassis and feature carbon fiber reinforced plastic body panels.
As both cars use the same architecture, they are similarly sized and should be just under 4.5 meters on length and less than 1.84 meters wide, roughly the same size as a Porsche 911, which means also slightly larger than the current BMW Z4 roadster. The source also mentioned that the design of the Toyota car has been finalized and people “will be surprised how good it looks.”
BMW’s sports car will be available with both a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder. A plug-in hybrid variant will arrive later. Toyota will also use the same 3.0-liter six and plug-in hybrid but won’t be offered with a four-cylinder.
In terms of power, the BMW four-cylinder should output out about 241 hp and 350 Nm of torque while the 3.0-liter turbo-six will deliver around 335 hp and 450 Nm. The hybrid on the other hand could go up as 470 hp.
We expect the concept cars of the joint project to be unveiled next year.