December 31, 2013
Two distinct vehicles to be built from new platform
It’s official. While it’s been wildly rumoured BMW and Toyota would develop a shared sportscar platform, nothing had been made official until now. The partnership will create two distinct sportscars, one which could be a new Supra.
“We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung yesterday quoted BMW development chief, Herbert Diess, as saying.
A mid-size sportscar is expected to be the product of this particular development, which would slot the Toyota model above the current GT86/Scion FR-S. It would also be bigger than BMW’s Z4.
The two companies will also continue collaboration on lithium-air batteries and lightweight technology, as per an agreement signed in June of 2012.