BMW, Toyota Joint Sports Car to Debut in 2017

BMW, Toyota Joint Sports Car to Debut in 2017

The joint sports car project between BMW and Toyota is rumored to make its debut in 2017.

While few details on the project have been revealed so far, some info has surfaced that should be considered rumors for the time being. But according to an inside source with BMW speaking to German publication AutoZeitung, the project won’t be a supercar, but rather “an innovative and emotional athlete for larger production.” In other words, a sports car that will appeal to the masses rather than the select and prestigious few. It will be a lightweight model sporting plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber and will use a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

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The vehicle will have a very low stance and profile, and currently the team is favoring a supercharged powerplant from BMW, a variation of its 3.0-liter inline-six engine churning around 400 hp. The collaboration hopes to produce a sports car that can accelerate to 62 mph in around four seconds while having a top speed of 155 mph.

Naturally, Toyota’s variant will come onto the market cheaper at under 30,000 Euros while BMW’s version will command a premium of at least 5,000 to 10,000 Euros more. But expect plenty more luxury and technology in the BMW variant while the Toyota one might appeal more to hardcore sports car enthusiasts not looking for all the bells and whistles.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-1 Concept Live Photos


GALLERY: Toyota FT-1 Concept Official Photos


[Source: Autozeitung]

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  • John

    Further proof that toyota has sunk even lower into the boring, unexciting category. They keep “collaborating” with other automakers, but they arent doing anything of their own accord. This will make 2 cool sports cars that toyota has “collaborated” on but havent really had any part in the engineering. Subaru and bmw seem to be doing all the legwork with these partnerships.

  • Patrick

    Isn’t Toyota the #1 selling automaker? Doesn’t that benefit BMW to partner with them? I think it’s the best of both worlds. I think it comes down to having two of the best auto makers collaborating…it’s a win-win situation.

  • Rickers

    Agreed. This new project should be amazing!

  • lafars

    rather ignorant comment

    tell me, is BMW competing in LMP class with a 1000hp hybrid? no
    has BMW made a 200mph CF car? no

    if anything BMW is the one that has something to gain on this, the only thing toyota needs to gain is a good steering rack with more road feel

  • Keith9

    Sure thing pal.