The Toyota 86 will be joined by a big brother sports car as part of a new collaboration announced by the Japanese car maker and its new favourite partner, BMW. Toyota’s second sports car, which could become a spiritual successor to the Supra, will be another joint venture project, following the compact rear-wheel-drive 86 coupe that was produced in tandem with Subaru. The new sports car forms a quarter of a new four-pronged long-term collaboration announced by Toyota Motor Corporation and BMW AG.
The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding that, in addition to jointly developing architecture and components for “a future sports vehicle, outlines plans to work together on the development of a fuel-cell system, electric drivetrains and lightweight technologies. BMW and Toyota have already announced the German car maker will supply Toyota with 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines from 2014, and in March this year signed a binding agreement on joint research into future lithium-ion battery cell technology.
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