Toyota, the largest carmaker in the world plans a new vehicle in collaboration with BMW, and according to Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota’s incoming chairman, the vehicle must be something similar to what once was the Supra model.
“That’s what I want but it’s not me who makes the decision,” said Uchiyamada, who’s known within Toyota as the “father of the Prius” for his work developing the world’s best-selling gasoline-electric car. “It’s futile if we make something similar” to the 86, he said.
The man in charge for this project is Tetsuya Tada – the same person that was in charge for the GT86/FR-S. According to some media reports, Tada visited BMW multiple times in the past year. Exactly who will provide the engine is unknown yet, but some say it may come from BMW – a four-cylinder petrol that would sit on a stretched GT86/FR-S/BRZ platform.
But it’s not entirely safe to assume that the power plant will be turbocharged or even supercharged. The sports car could very well be a hybrid, the same way recent supercars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 has opted to go.
While the platform will be a Toyota design, BMW will work on the suspension and fine-tuning of the handling.
The new vehicle is expected to hit the market somewhere in 2017.