Toyota Supra, BMW Z4 Tie-Up Confirmed
We knew this was just a matter of time before everything was made official, but Toyota Motor Co. and BMW will develop a common sports car platform that will become the first models produced by the partnership that was announced back in January 2013. Expect to see this platform in action as early as 2017 for the all-new BMW Z4. It will also underpin the revival of the much-loved Toyota Supra, but the two models will feature different designs unique to the respective automakers. BMW's current Z4 two-seater sports car comes with either a 2-liter or 3-liter engine, and the high performance model has a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds. And while we haven't seen the Toyota Supra since the early 2000's, the model has had a strong fan base behind it, pushing for a re-release. If Toyota keeps to the design showed off at Detroit earlier this year, said fan base will only grow. But sports cars weren't the only reason Toyota and BMW got together. Joint manufacturing and parts procurement are also huge parts of the agreement, as BMW is a leader in building cars with carbon fiber bodies, while Toyota leads the way in hybrid technology. Already, the two have worked on developing fuel cells and other projects, and the benefits of this union are only starting to show. Source: Nikkei
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