By April 1, 2016

New Supercar Could Emerge from BMW-Toyota partnership

The BMW-Toyota sports car project could take a high-powered turn from what was originally expected. According to an Australian report, the car may even qualify for supercar status to rival cars such as the Audi R8 and Acura NSX.

News surrounding the project has generally centred on the idea that the resulting car would have a straight-six turbo motor, perhaps with hybrid all-wheel-drive, and be badged as a Supra on the Toyota side and a Z4 on the BMW side (or something in that range). The collaboration may yield an even bigger, badder supercar with two different engines.

The supercar will share a mid-engined, all-wheel-drive platform. From there, BMW would install a “bespoke” twin-turbo inline-six developed by its M performance division, adding a plug-in hybrid supplied by Toyota. On the other hand, Toyota is supposedly testing a 520-horsepower 3.7-liter V8, a version of the motor found in its TS040 Le Mans race car.

Adding a hybrid system would bump that to about 800 horsepower, a concession made only for real world factors such as fuel efficiency, emissions and engine production considerations. Otherwise 1,000 horsepower would be possible. Naturally, the Toyota version would be badged as a Lexus. If produced, the cars would be ready in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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