BMW and Toyota inked a partnership some time ago to develop green technology, and while we were excited by the idea of a reborn Supra with BMW's carbon fiber reinforced plastic slashing the curb weight or an ultra-efficient, hybridized 1 Series, the joint efforts have been rather limited. That's set to change, though, according to a report from Australia.

Motoring reports that the partners have come to terms on a sports car. And not just any sports car, but a lightweight, hybridized model, with a six-figure price tag. Lending a bit of street cred to that idea is the site's claim that Toyota is currently carrying out durability testing on the BMW i8. According to the site, the new model will slot into the spot left by the Lexus LFA, although based on the language used, it's unclear if this is the Tokyo-bound vehicle we mentioned several months ago.

Details on this potential car are limited, although Motoring claims it will use a Toyota hybrid system mated up to a BMW gas engine - likely the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 found in the M5 and M6. That sounds pretty amazing to us, but we'd still advise taking this with a grain of salt. What would you like to see out of a joint-venture supercar from Toyota and BMW? Let us know in Comments, and have your say on the prospects of a hybridized, twin-turbocharged V8.


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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      So does that mean the i8 is NOT a hybrid super-car?
      Jai
      • 1 Year Ago
      This article will probably generate the most hate ever on autoblog. I can already see the combined efforts of the BMW haters and Toyota haters who are out in full force to fill the comments section with their nonsense. Add to that the fact that almost all of them can never afford this car..
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMWs M performance technology combined with Toyotas hybrid and LFA technology, that's an interesting theory!
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      I cannot imagine the quality, performance and reliability of a potential LFA replacement by Lexus being polluted and made less reliable by any input that BMW would have in it, especially given the ugly products coming out of BMW lately.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zaki
        Really not surprised to see this BMW hater Zaki over here like on every other BMW post. It really won't hurt the company if you don't add a 1:18 scale model to your 'collection', bud. PS your antiquated Honda looks like ****.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zaki
        You sound like someone who never owned a BMW, can't afford a BMW and therefore bitter and jealous.
          ctsmith1066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ThinkAboutIt
          And you sound like someone with nothing better to do than insult strangers on the internet.
          Zaki
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ThinkAboutIt
          No, too smart to get a BMW, I prefer and own NSX [1994, Brooklands green, GTR 2009 Gunmetal, S2000 , 2007 Silverstone, Landcruiser 2013 Black, Lexus LS 460L 2012...and several others]. The 2014 GT3 in White is on the way and the S550 has been ordered...both to be delivered in 1st quarter of 2014. :) I collect cars ............but only good ones!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      sfblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Toyota doing reliability testing on the BMW I8." That confirms what I've always been saying. BMW is getting the better deal by partnering up. Toyota is far more advanced and experienced in CFP and in hybrid, E Veh.
      ckm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe BMW will finally learn to make reliable cars....
      oberpfallzer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will the toyota contribution be autonomous acceleration?
      npier598
      • 1 Year Ago
      "BMW-Toyota partnership"... Oh look, another reason not to buy a BMW.
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to see a new Supra hybrid with a twin turbo, inline 6 cylinder engine, and 6 speed gear box. ICE power to the rear wheels, Electric power to the front wheels. The low end electric torque would smooth out the turbo lag. Price it as a high end sports car, not a super car. Something in the $60-70k range with performance slightly faster than the latest corvette.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      These new supercars are really crap looking.
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