While the automotive world is still reeling with BMW getting into bed with the devil itself, we’re just now starting to see the fruition of their long-term partnership. The next-generation Z4 roadster-cum-coupe will be based on the Toyota GT86, which is also known here in the States as the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S (Subaru basically developed the sports car).
In addition to that, the updated GT86 architecture will also underpin Toyota’s flagship sports car, the returning Supra. Another rumour floating around is that the heart of the Supra will be an 400 bhp 2.5L I-4 hybrid engine.
But back to the BMW…for its next iteration of their small roadster, BMW is said to be developing an all-new V6 hybrid powertrain that should pump out about 400 bhp. Apparently, 400 bhp hybrid engines are the name of the game for the new East-West Connection.
Although the current Z4 debuted in 2009, BMW will undoubtedly get this version out to the market before Toyota launches their Supra, now projected for a 2017 debut. Speaking of which, Toyota is expected to showcase the Supra concept at the Tokyo Auto Show…no word if the next-generation GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ will debut before then. I expect at the very least for the Toyobaru twins to have upgraded engines, as well as the long-rumoured entry-level sports car…