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BMW sportscar to be built on Toyota 86 platform

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BMW-Toyota joint venture car will see further development of 86/BRZ platform.

Last month it was confirmed Toyota and BMW would collaborate on a new platform that would form the basis of at least one sports car from each of the automakers.

For Toyota, the platform would be used for a new generation of its Supra, a car that has been hinted at by the automaker’s execs for the past several years. For BMW, the case isn’t so clear. A likely option would be the next Z4, although a new generation of the 8-Series could also be a possibility.

According to the latest information from Motor Trend, the new platform will be used for new versions of the Supra and Z4, but it won’t quite be a completely a new platform. Instead, the platform will be a further development of the brilliant rear-wheel-drive design underpinning the Scion FR-S, as well as the Toyota GT 86 sold here in Australia and Subaru BRZ

The new Supra and BMW Z4 it will eventually spawn will be bigger cars than the FR-S, with the platform set to be upgraded to handle more power and a greater variety of engines. In fact, the new Supra is tipped to receive a hybrid drivetrain with around 295 kilowatts on tap.

It appears previous reports of the Supra switching to a mid-engine, all-wheel-drive layout are false. The latest word is that it will use a variation of the hybrid system Toyota developed for its 2014 Lexus IS. The system will pair a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and spin the rear wheels.

While the platform will be a Toyota design, BMW will work on the suspension and fine-tuning of the handling. It’s not clear when BMW plans to launch its next Z4, though the new Toyota Supra is expected in 2017, with a concept version to bow as early as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the year.

In 2007 Toyota rolled out the FT-HS concept, which at the time was said to hint at the design of the automaker's next Supra. It also featured a hybrid drivetrain.


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  • I like the Supra its a great car which is overshadowed a bit by the Skyline GTR but if Toyota want to make a new Supra than at least take a next step with the Mark 4 Supra and make its displacment similart to the original also tunable and great performance. The new Supra has to live up to its name it should at least performe better than the previous Supra.

    Mitchell of Batcave Posted on 13 June 2013 6:29pm

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