BMW and Toyota's Sports Car Project Moves To Concept Stage

Three years back, BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding for partnership between the two carmakers on several future projects, and development of a 'midsize sports car platform' was the most prominent part of it. Now according to a latest report, that cooperation on the underpinnings 'has moved on to the concept phase and is running according to plan.' 

BMW and Toyota jointly sport car project in concept stage now

According to the report, the first stage of the stage, a technical feasibility study that began in January 2013 has been 'successfully completed.' For BMW the new platform is expected to spawn a replacement for the Z4, which has been tentatively dubbed the Z5 currently. The sports car is rumored to use a carbon fiber tub similar to that of their i-range of cars- i3 and i8. Although no official words are out, but the model is most likely to come with a conventional soft top, and some rumors also hints for a proper coupe variant. In terms of engine options, the all-new Z5 could come with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, rated at 190 bhp, 245 bhp and 270 bhp for different variants. A high-performance Z5 M is also expected which would use a turbocharged six-cylinder mill, with roughly 425 bhp of output.

While for Toyota, the platform is expected to spawn a new 'Supra.' Whereas other seemingly less substantiated reports also speculates to anything from a hybrid-powered Lexus LFA successor, or two sports cars to rival the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ duo. So what will come or not, this is still a big doubt.

Source : CarDekho