AutoGuide.com first reported a possible LFA successor in 2012 and now discussions are heating up thanks to BMW’s partnership with Toyota that will result in the next-generation Z4 and Toyota Supra successor. It appears that the two companies are so content with the progress being made that BMW is reaching out to Toyota’s luxury arm to work on a range-topping halo sports car. One of the biggest advantages Audi has on BMW is that BMW doesn’t have a flagship sports car like the Audi R8 and BMW is out to change that.
The Lexus LFA successor will reportedly use a hybrid powertrain similar to what Honda is doing with its new NSX with the BMW version sporting an M-developed twin-turbo straight-six engine. Lexus, on the other hand, is working with a detuned version of Toyota’s TS040 race car’s powertrain that has 520 horsepower from a 3.7-liter V8. Combined with the electric motors, Toyota’s powertrain has the capability of hitting 1,000 hp, although a more realistic figure of 800 is obtainable for a production car.
BMW is turning to Lexus due to the Japanese automaker’s experience in building the original LFA flagship. Of course the biggest factor for both automakers to being successful is producing a model that would be nearly half the price of the LFA in order to compete with the Audi R8.
If it all comes to fruition, expect to see the supercars debut in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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