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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:48 am 
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Late last week BMW and Toyota made the surprise announcement that the two firms would work together on developing the architecture and components for a future sports car.

However, apart for some praise for each other's engineering prowess, few details on the future sports car were revealed.

BMW acknowledged that Toyota was a leader in green technology and that this would play a part in the automaker’s future.

Toyota, on the other hand, touted BMW’s strength in developing sports cars and said this would add some excitement to its cars.

The lack of any further details has left many wondering what the two automakers have planned, but now we have some new details gathered from people close to the project.

A spokesperson for BMW has revealed to Automotive News (subscription required) that at least two sports cars will be developed, one for BMW and one for Toyota, and they will feature their own, unique styling as opposed to simply changing badges and bumpers like Toyota did with the GT 86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ clones.

The spokesperson went on to reveal that the BMW model will be a sustainable sports car with environmentally friendly technology, and that BMW will be developing the architecture and components.

It’s been reported that Toyota is keen to launch a spiritual successor to its Supra sports car but with a mid-engine layout, hybrid drivetrain and all-wheel drive configuration. This has led some to suggest that BMW may offer the platform of its upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid to Toyota for use in the new Supra. However, given the expected pricetag of the i8 and the high-cost of its technology, Toyota may end up using the platform for a new Lexus sports car instead, possibly a production version of the stunning LF-LC concept.

"Anything is possible," a senior BMW manager explained to Autoweek. "The key factor is that the products of both companies retain their own individual character, despite jointly developed technologies."

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eliteauto
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very nice


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It’s been reported that Toyota is keen to launch a spiritual successor to its Supra sports car but with a mid-engine layout, hybrid drivetrain and all-wheel drive configuration


big shoes to fill......would be nice to see.....


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First they revive the 86 now the Supra in a joint effort

At least Toyota's doing it right.


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Hrmmm seems pretty good.


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they real trying to kill that R35 boy ahhaha. love BMW, would love to see what they cook up on this deal. the new face for the 86 was no appointment at all.


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the two cars will have different stylings eh? Style was the only thing bmw has over toyota :(


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would be nice to see implementation plans.


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im sorry heavyweight but BMW>Toyota. the m3 in any generation were always great cars. similar to the supra, simple add ons and the M3 was clocking close to 1000HP.


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I actually like the m3 a lot. its just as soon as i saw the thread title I think of something this

win^^


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