The rumor mill has been humming steadily in reference to a Toyota/BMW partnership similar to the Toyota/Subaru team-up that brought the GT86/FR-S/BRZ to bear. According to Motor Trend, a sports car collaboration between the automakers was signed off by Akio Toyoda (pictured with BMW counterpart Norbert Reithofer) who headed up the FR-S and LFA projects. A prototype may be on display at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
The scenarios are sketchy, at this point having the new car based on the GT86 via an elongated body, with BMW four-cylinder power, possibly a turbo-four. This “long body” reference could be a test mule or possibly hint at the future direction of the car. We also hear there may be individual motors at the front wheels, making for some type of hybrid.
With its cheapest ride coming at $30,800, it might beneficial for BMW to get some love going in the $20,000 range. We are not sure what Toyota would get out of this deal. Heck, the car could be priced higher and give Toyota a sports car one or two price points above the FR-S/GT86. Time will tell.