According to AutoExpress, citing inside sources, Toyota will produce its own version of the BMW Z4. For those who still don’t know, Toyota and BMW signed an agreement last year to co-develop a joint platform for sportscars. Inside sources confirmed that the new coupe will employ a front-engine, rear-drive layout but what’s more interesting is that both companies will focus on reducing weight.
An unnamed source confirmed that the upcoming car will use the same lightweight body construction as the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. Toyota will also contribute with its next-generation plug-in hybrid tech, which will incorporate a capacitor like in the TS030 Le Mans car and the Yaris Hybrid R Concept.
Another insider revealed the fact that the engine will be developed by BMW but for this vehicle. A source told AutoExpress: “For this car, the potential for an engine that is no bigger than a 2.0-litre is very high.”