BMW, Toyota working on a mid-engined sports car to take on Porsche 911

Article by Christian A., on June 11, 2014

The partnership between Toyota and BMW seems to be quite profitable for both brands. After the two companies announced a partnership that will build a new sports car but also the replacements for the BMW Z4 and the Toyota GT86, we found out that the carmakers are working on a new mid-engined sports car.

According to Car Magazine, BMW and Toyota will extend their partnership and build a new range of mid-engined sports car that will take on the Porsche 911. Codenamed Silk Road 2, the project will launch the BMW Z7 and the Lexus ZC/ZR.

The upcoming vehicles will use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder engine bolted to a dual-clutch transmission, but also a supplementary electric motor that will deliver around 150 hp.

The battery pack will be located between the seats, which translates into better stability through the corners.

Although Toyota was planning to revive the Supra nameplate, it seems that Lexus will be the one who will receive the new sports car, seen as LFA’s little brother. We expect the new vehicles to arrive with a power output in the 400 to 500 hp zone, as well as with a kerbweight of under 1650 kg.

Staying faithful to the 911 tradition, the highly characteristic Porsche design language conveys both power and elegance. Its stunning silhouette is now laden with new contours and elegantly designed details. For instance, its wheelbase is now around 100 mm longer than its predecessor, allowing the new Porsche 911 Carrera to become more stable while offering more interior room.

Furthermore, the new Porsche 911 Carrera comes with shorter front and rear overhangs, which lend the sports car a compact footprint. In addition, the new sports car comes with a lower roof line and wider front track, both of which help highlight its sporting stance, increase its on-the-road presence, and improve its chassis dynamics.

Fitted behind the rear axle of the new Porsche 911 Carrera is any of the available dynamic and efficient boxer engines, including a flat six cylinder engine. The base 911 Carrera comes powered by a new 3.4-liter engine that could deliver 350 hp, while the more dynamic Carrera S is a 3.8-liter engine that could generate 400 hp. This allows the base Carrera -- with PDK – to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, or around 0.1 sec quicker than the previous model.

However, the Carrera could become quicker on the sprint by 0.2 second to 4.4 seconds just by pressing the Sport Plus button on the optional Sport Chrono Pack. On the other hand, the Carrera S with PDK could accelerate from nil to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds, or 0.2 second quicker than the previous model. When the Sport Plus button is pressed, the sprint time is reduced to 4.1 seconds.

Among the secrets of the new 911 Carrera is its all-new, lightweight body featuring intelligent aluminum-steel composite construction. Thanks to this construction, the vehicle was able to become lighter by up to 45 kg. Furthermore, the body structure of the Carrera is also more rigid.

The new sports car also comes with a number of aerodynamic optimizations. For instance, it is fitted with a wider, variably extending rear spoiler that could reduce the aerodynamic lift while still retaining an excellent overall drag factor.

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Topics: bmw, toyota, porsche 911

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