BMW and Toyota have recently confirmed a four-part joint venture, earlier this year, which should focus on improving the vehicle efficiency with fuel cells, better battery technology and lightweight materials.

The two companies will collaborate in order to achieve the above mentioned technologies and on the way, some concept cars will surface. A pair of these is expected to be unveiled during the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and at least one will be based on the Toyota GT 86. The model is expected to be quite different than the regular Japanese sports car and it should pack a hybrid or an electric powertrain. If it will be well received, BMW and Toyota might consider putting it into production, eventually.

Additional details on the subject remain unknown for the moment, but the regular version of the Toyota GT 86 is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, made by Subaru and used on the BRZ too, equipped with the D-4S direct injection technology, which is producing 200 HP and 205 Nm of torque (151 lb-ft). The unit can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear-wheel drive.

Source: Motor Trend


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