While BMW and Toyota have entered a deal to co-develop a sports car project, each company will be producing entirely different models. BMW’s CEO for Australia Marc Werner had spoken with Car Advice recently and this is part of what he said. The company as we know is busy preparing for the rebirth of the Z4 --- which will inevitably be known as BMWs ultimate driving machine.
During the talk, Werner has also revealed the reason why BMW joined up with Toyota for this project, saying that they have to achieve "economies of scale" especially with the decreasing demand for roadsters. He further explained why doing this alone will not benefit either company; that’s why the new Z4 will somehow share certain characteristics with the upcoming Toyota Supra. The product development for each vehicle type often costs about 2 billion in USD. It is rather sad how sales for the roadster segment have gotten worse in the last two years, he stressed.
The official name for BMW’s much awaited Japanese counterpart however was not yet been confirmed at the time of this writing. The joint project, which involves both Toyota and BMW, will also mean that both sports cars will be using the same platform.
Meanwhile, BMW’s chief for global designs Adrian Hooydonk had also said that the 2018 BMW Z4 concept seen last August previews almost exactly how the production car will soon take its form. It is possible that BMW’s rear wheel drive roadster will come with three engine options starting with the base model as the Z4 s20i with 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine that’s capable to deliver up to 180hp. Next is the more potent s30i Z4 model with the same powertrain though it hould be able produce around 250 horsepower. The third is the 320hp M40i with straight six unit. BMW will likely offer this with an optional power upgrade of at least 40hp when you avail the Competition Package. Other than the base model with 6-speed manual transmission, all others will be receiving an 8-speed AT gearbox as standard.
What is interesting however is that Werner opened up about the BMW Z4’s exterior design and said that it will have this totally different makeup. Not only did he talk about a design that will make it absolutely BMW but he also mentioned the brand’s unique driving experience. Needless to say, the joint development will help both companies take advantage of the benefits that usually come with having shared investments and resources.