Toyota has been in the headlines since the Detroit Auto Show thanks to its gorgeously styled FT-1 Concept.
While this coupe, which is being hailed as the next-generation Supra,
will remain in concept form only, there is one other Toyota that will
definitely make it onto the road. This as yet unnamed mid-sized Toyota
sports car may not stimulate the optic nerves as much as the FT-1, but
one source close to Toyota tells us that it will be co-developed with
BMW, be a sister car to the next-generation Z4, “and drive superbly.”
That’s right, Toyota will co-develop the next Z4 with the German
In 2013, both companies conducted a feasibility study into the mid-sized
coupe’s potential and discussed topics including the type of materials
to use and even what powertrain to employ. The exterior design has not
been finalised yet, but our source filled us in on one design direction
taken by Toyota.
The coupe you see in this image is an artist’s impression of what
Toyota’s version of the Z4 could look like. And while it’s edgy and not
that pretty, we can expect some strategic touch-ups by the time the car
is due for launch in 2017.
The new coupe will employ the front-engine, rear-drive layout of the current Z4. But this car will be amazingly light
“This car will use the same lightweight body construction as the i3 and
i8,” a source says. That means lots of carbon fiber and aluminium in a
car which will incorporate basic body and chassis design by BMW.
“And even with that type of construction, you can expect a sticker price
around the same as that of the current Z4. No more than $70,000,” adds
our source. This sounds incredible given the historic cost of carbon
fiber. But as our insider explains, BMW has teamed with Germany’s SGL to
develop innovative carbon fiber technology that is seeing the cost of
such materials fall significantly to less than one-fifth of its current
Thanks to: Motor Trend