Some more info has emerged on the Toyota-BMW partnership for their new sports car collaboration. Above shows an artists impression of the new vehicle which is likely to be the new Toyota Supra successor. I can’t say I’m a huge fan compared to the FT-1 concept, but it’s still a nice looking car. Time will tell how the design of the car turns out.
Even if the car is called a supra is yet to be determined, although BMW have confirmed this will be their new Z4 platform,
- BMW will take care of chassis, handling and engine development, Toyota will look at environmental technologies
- Both cars will be built on the same platform but have different bodies (Unlike the 86/BRZ/Scion platform)
- Spaceframe chassis and carbonfibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) body construction
- Chassis – less than 4500mm in length, under 1840mm in width and no more than 1340mm high, with a wheelbase of less than 2500mm. Turbo-petrol versions will undercut 1300kg while the hybrid will weigh in at less than 1500kg. This means both coupes will be smaller than the Toyota FT-1 concept and the old Supra, but a fraction larger than the current Z4.
- BMW Powerplant options – German 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-four and 250kW/450Nm+ 3.0-litre turbo-six, as well as a 353kW Toyota-built plug-in hybrid unit matched with the latter.
- Toyota Powerplant options – 250kW/450Nm+ 3.0-litre turbo-six petrol and of course the 353kW Toyota-built plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Public release expected in 2018 and to be launched at the Detroit or Geneva motor shows.
The original article can be found here on motoring.com.au