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More Details on Toyota, BMW Joint Sports Car Come to Light

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/15/2014 Alex Nishimoto

A source familiar with the product plans of Toyota and Lexus confirmed to Motor Trend that the Toyota FT-1 concept essentially previews the next-gen BMW Z4 and an as yet unnamed Toyota coupe, possibly the next Supra. The two cars will share a platform, but will be styled very differently.

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As we previously reported, Toyota's technical partnership with BMW will yield one sports car for each automaker, similar to the tie-up with Subaru that produced the FR-S and BRZ. BMW will lead manufacturing, as it has a steady supply of carbon fiber from its Moses Lake, Wash.-based SGL plant. The BMW Z4 will use a carbon fiber tub similar to that of the i3 and i8. Our source tells us a two-seat roadster will be first, possibly with a power retractable hardtop, with an M version to follow. As we've heard before, the Toyota version will be far less exotic compared to the FT-1, and perhaps even less stylized than the Z4 to differentiate the two. Powertrains are still unknown, but with BMW handling the carbon fiber bodies, engine development could fall on Toyota if engines are shared at all. Toyota FT 1© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota FT 1

In other Toyota coupe news, it appears it may be awhile before we see another sporty two-door from Lexus. Rumors have swirled since the Lexus LF-LC's 2012 Detroit debut that a production model was greenlit. But even if the luxury sports coupe was given the go-ahead, it won't hit the market for at least two years unless production is expedited, our source tells us. We last heard that the car was a go, and that it would receive several LFA design cues. Whether the production version retains the concept's hybrid drivetrain remains to be seen.

Toyota FT 1 Concept Front Three Quarters View© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota FT 1 Concept Front Three Quarters View
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