The news about Toyota and BMW building cars together isn’t new, as the two companies finalized the partnership in January of 2013, but thanks to the Nikkei Asian Review, we’ve got some rumors as to what the two companies have been working on. Those plans revolve around the next-generation BMW Z4 and a revival of the famed Toyota Supra .
The Nikkei reports the two cars will share the same platform, manufacturing processes, and parts procurements. The two sports cars , however, won’t be sharing the same body style and will be sold under their respective brands. What’s more, these two cars could debut as early as 2017.
The report speculates whether Toyota would be able to adopt the same carbon-fiber-extensive construction style BMW has recently adopted, citing cost as the limiting factor. However, with the falling cost of carbon fiber and its exploding popularity, the material might be within Toyota’s reach. This is especially true for such a specialized sports car as the Supra.
The Nikkei report lacks further juicy details about the partnership or its planed products, but news seems rather certain. The 2017 date is still tentative, but the possibility still remains.
As far as powertrains, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will be found under hood. Perhaps BMW will provide a TwinPower, inline six-cylinder or maybe each automaker will supply its own powerplants. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, with BMW and Toyota partnered together, the future looks bright with the addition of two exciting sports cars.
Click past the jump to read more about the future Supra and the current Z4
Why it Matters
A collaboration of these two brands means great things for the sports car world. Fans of the original Toyota Supra will be glad to have their rear-wheel-drive drifter back in production and BMW drop-top fans will get a new version of the Z4. Both will be important models, though the importance of the Supra cannot be overstated.
Lessons Toyota learned during its continuing partnership with Subaru will likely help the automaker to make wiser decisions about the upcoming car’s construction and power, hopefully appealing more to the avid racer and track day champs around the world.
The Z4 is a sporty, two-door convertible with a host of available engine and transmission options to choose from. In the U.S., the Z4 is available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 240 horsepower and two versions of the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The ‘base’ six produces 300 horses and pound-feet while the peppier 3.0-liter makes 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet. In its most potent form, the Z4 hits 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. A six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic are available with the inline four-cylinder while the two turbocharged, inline six-cylinders come mated with a seven-speed dual clutch as standard.
Pricing for the current BMW Z4 starts at $48,950. Prices increase past $65,000 for the most powerful 3.0-liter inline six.