The rumors around a future BMW supercar continue. If last week BMW “was working“ with McLaren to produce a new kind of sportscar, now the Germans are rumored to get in bed with their Japanese rival, Lexus. According to Car and Driver, BMW and Lexus’ parent company, Toyota, are collaborating on a mid-engine supercar which would give Lexus a follow-up model to the LFA and yield an Audi R8 competitor for BMW.
“BMW is getting trounced in the PR war of words in Germany, with Audi saying that BMW does not have a supercar whereas Audi does,” says a source close to Lexus.
C&D’s source says both companies have jointly built a prototype with a mid-engine layout and all-wheel drive. The design features a carbon-fiber tub married to an aluminum space frame. The all-wheel-drive system is said to have its front-wheel drives driven by electric motors.
But the rumors don’t stop here. Allegedly, there are two power units under development with BMW’s supercar using an M-developed twin-turbo straight-six paired with plug-in-hybrid technology courtesy of Toyota. The Japanese on the other hand, are rumored to be testing a detuned version of its Le Mans TS040 race car’s 520-hp, 3.7-liter V-8 for the Lexus version of the supercar.
According to the unnamed source, the supercars would arrive just in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
As always, take these rumors with a big grain of salt, considering we’ve been hearing them many times over the years.