BMW and Toyota Rumored To Build Hybrid Supercar

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

The stories about Toyota and BMW’s joint sports car feasibility study have always revolved around the thought that Toyota would release a Supra successor, while BMW would finally replace its Z4 with a new, bigger model.

However, news out of Australia’s Motoring suggests that whatever car comes out of the collaboration, it will be out of the reach to the average consumer. The publication suggests that the car will be somewhere in the price-range of $300,000 and using a a high-powered gas-electric hybrid drive train.

It’s believed that Toyota will supply it’s hybrid expertise to the project, while BMW will incorporate it’s token “Ultimate Driving Machine” dynamics in addition to its twin-turbo V8 engine.

It’s reported that Toyota is testing the durability of the carbon-fibre frame in the BMW i8 in regards to this joint vehicle.

With the Lexus LFA, Toyota learned a lot about carbon fibre. The Japanese automaker even has its own carbon fibre loom to weave the high-tech, low-weight material together. BMW on the other hand is well versed in the world of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, which is used in the new i3 electric car.

[Source: Motoring]

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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