BMW-Toyota sports car platform could be used on a variety of models

Article by Christian A., on September 23, 2013

The BMW-Toyota collaboration to build a sports car may help in building the replacements for the BMW Z4 and 6-Series as well as the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S, according to CAR Magazine. BMW and Toyota are developing a flexible platform that could be used on a variety of models, from a small two-seat roadster to a bigger sports car.

BMW may use this platform on the next-generation Z4 and 6-Series. Meanwhile, it could be used by Toyota on its new MR2 and Supra. Not many details have been released. So far, CAR has ascertained that this model will feature a front rear-mounted engine and carbon composite technology. The potential for this project is quite impressive but there are sources who say that there’s a conflict brewing between the two companies.

Insiders said that BMW’s senior executives weren’t too keen about the i sub-brand and they’re now apprehensive that the Toyota partnership will dilute the Ultimate Driving Machine philosophy further.

With its ultra-dynamic sizes, magnificent energetic lines, low-slung outline and ingenious design components, the BMW i8 represents another generation of sports vehicles. Uniting trademark components of the BMW mark with the design language made exclusive for BMW i vehicle makes a dynamic aesthetic which faithfully conveys the performance qualities, effectiveness and creative premium character of the plug-in hybrid sports vehicle.

The debut of the BMW i8 sees the world's first sports vehicle to be purpose-built with sustainability in mind to finish its journey from dream to reality.

Its indubitable, captivating looks can be put down to a model design that was first revealed in the guise of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, carefully enhanced for the BMW i8 Concept displayed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and now received virtually unaltered for the production version. Both the exterior and interior of the dynamically-led 2+2-seater typify an ingenious, pioneering take on the Sheer Driving Pleasure for which BMW is famous. Spotless, minimalist lines, homogeneous surfaces characterized by a few firm edges and function-centered details highlight the forward-looking nature of the BMW i8.

As the second series-manufactured BMW i model on the road, the BMW i8 also uncovers the flexibility of the design language which is building up itself as a distinguishable mark of BMW i cars. Its design signals daintiness, safety, effectiveness and clear driving pleasure – stand-out traits that the BMW i8 module hybrid sports vehicle imparts to the BMW i3, with its pure-electric kin lauded for swiftness and relaxed urban driving.

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