As development continues on Toyota and BMW’s collaborative Toyota Supra and BMW Z5 sports car project, our colleagues at Motor Trend are reporting some more details about these two exciting models that are set to debut within the next three years.
The first piece of news concerns the Toyota Supra’s hybrid system. We already knew that this gas-electric powertrain would use a gasoline engine sourced from BMW, and this report says that the engine in question will be a direct-injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. This engine will mate with a BMW-supplied dual-clutch transmission to put the power through Toyota’s advanced hybrid system that’s closely related to the high-performance powertrain in the company’s TS030 race car. The hybrid system was also shown on the Toyota Yaris Hybrid R concept at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show.
This means that the four-cylinder gasoline engine will power the rear wheels along with help from an electric motor, with two other electric motor-generators powering the front wheels to give this hybrid sports car through-the-road all-wheel drive. In total, this powerplant will reportedly make more than 350 hp, plenty to give plug-in hybrid Supra brisk performance considering the weight target of “less than 3085 lbs.”
The BMW Z5 will be powered by the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine without hybrid assist, so offering the Toyota Supra only as a hybrid model helps differentiate the two cars. The BMW and Toyota sports cars will also feature completely different styling. Although the Toyota FT-1 Concept (pictured) from this year’s Detroit auto show was said to preview the look of this 21st-century Toyota Supra, MT says that the production car won’t be as close to the FT-1’s design as we previously thought. Since BMW’s work on the aluminum platform and CFRP body panels are taking precedence right now, the exterior design of the Toyota version is still in flux. Once development on the platform is further along, Toyota will then add its own exterior design.
In fact, because BMW is currently taking the lead from an engineering standpoint, MT speculates that a convertible version of the Toyota Supra is a distinct possibility given that the architecture will already be set up to accommodate a droptop bodystyle. If this comes to fruition, expect the Toyota Supra convertible to follow the debut of the coupe by a few months.
Stay tuned for more news about these upcoming Toyota Supra and BMW Z5 sports cars, as these highly anticipated models are sure to be the talk of the town until they debut a few years down the road.