Report – M fans out of luck with BMW Toyota jointly developed sports car image

The rumors are banding together for the joint project started by Germany’s BMW and Japan’s Toyota – with reports claiming the two companies will come out with vastly different models out of a similar equation.

BMW and Toyota have joined their huge forces – as they are first in their respective fields (luxury and mass-market worldwide) – and they will hone specific sports cars each. It appears the project for the leading premium automaker might deliver a simpler roadster model while the Japanese partner might look for a more upscale model – reportedly the Supra successor. The ongoing generation of the Z4 is growing long in the tooth since it was presented back in 2009 and the latest spy shots with the prototypes are showcasing the model winter testing near the Arctic with a fabric roof – instead of the retractable hardtop of the current installment. But there’s also reason to be sad – according to the chief of the M2 project the company has no plans to deliver a high-performance version of the new model.

Meanwhile, Toyota’s product should turn into a fully-fledged coupe that would revive the Supra moniker. Thanks to the shared scalable platform the brand will be able to extensively modify the vehicle – making it bigger. The report goes on saying that under the hood would be fitted an elegant turbocharged inline six, with the flagship powertrain being of the hybrid nature. The last piece of clue comes from Magna Steyr, which is allegedly handling production at its factory in Graz, Austria.

Via Road & Track