It's official – there will be a jointly developed sports car from BMW and Toyota. While the two auto giants signed a Memorandum of Understanding that pledged to pursue "joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle" back in June of 2012, in the interim, it has remained unclear how those plans had been progressing. BMW has finally officially confirmed that the German and Japanese manufacturers will be codeveloping a pair of sports cars in addition to pursuing other disciplines including fuel cell systems and lightweight technologies.

"We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands," BMW Development Chief Herbert Diess told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Reuters is reporting. This is a very, very big step for both brands, but now the speculation can officially begin as to what the products of this agreement will look like.

There's ample reason to believe that the BMW-Toyota tie up will result in a Supra successor based on comments made by the chief engineer of the GT86/FR-S program, Tatsuya Tada, back in August. Follow that with a rumor from earlier this month that Toyota could debut a Supra concept car at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show later this month, and we could be seeing the fruits of this partnership sooner rather than later.

While we can make educated guesses about what the Toyota end of this partnership will develop, the fruit from BMW's side of this joint agreement seemingly remains more of an open question. Will it be an entirely new model, or perhaps something like Z4 Coupe replacement? Have your say on the matter in Comments.


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      Robert Fahey
      • 11 Months Ago
      The joint venture with Subaru produced a credible product. This new venture should be at least as interesting. They might even remember to include torque this time.
      someotherguy2496
      • 11 Months Ago
      Once upon a time BMW and Toyota were both high priests in the temple of newton's engine, the straight 6. Toyota made the 2jz GTE and BMW made engines like the m30 all the way up to the s54. Toyota and BMW remained loyal to the proper front engine, rear drive layout as well. Look at the Scion FRS, the Lexus IS for example. I would love to see what they can do. BMW is a small manufacturer compared to Toyota but has almost as large an R&D budget. As far as all the nay sayers complaining about reliability, I can't cure your ignorance. Besides, if you don't know enough about cars to fix your own or can't afford to properly service it, you can not afford a BMW, I'm sorry but you will have to buy a car you can afford. There isn't anything wrong with owning a cheap car, just don't hate a car you cannot afford. I have had several BMW's and currently have an M3, I can't think of an easier car of it's caliber to work on. I recently installed Bilstien shocks and struts with H&R springs in a leisurely afternoon.
      Jesus!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just lost all respect for BMW.
        jonnybimmer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        Really? Of all the things BMW has done recently, this was the straw that broke the camels back?
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
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      Corey
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm still going to press the snooze button. It's all vaporware to me!
      rodney
      • 11 Months Ago
      Japan and Germany together again this can't be good.
      Ben Hayat
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why does Toyota needs BMW to develop sport car? Toyota/Lexus have developed great sport cars on their own. Totally two different culture and mindset. Even Subaru (Japanese) and Toyota (Japanese) joint project has been strange. I don't see a long term relationship.
        AE86
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ben Hayat
        agreed. I would really like to kno what even sparked this joint between them... who was it that even got this idea ?
      FuelToTheFire
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just bring in Fiat, and it's WW2 all over again.
      • 11 Months Ago
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        trzjax
        • 11 Months Ago
        it already exists. Called BMW 4-series.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @trzjax
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          oRenj9
          • 11 Months Ago
          @trzjax
          > 4-series doesn't have a DCT. So? The ZF 8-speed used by BMW is absolutely brilliant. A DCT won't perform any better on the street, so there's not really any point in having one.
      D E S I G N
      • 11 Months Ago
      on second thought, they're a perfect match. Both make some of the ugliest cars on the road today, if not the ugliest!
      TEAM40oz
      • 11 Months Ago
      what a joke. toyota is a bucket and BMW builds guilty cars with power and performance. remember who builds the RR not an over priced Lexus
      Surroundedby
      • 11 Months Ago
      BMW needs Toyota because they are so behind when it comes to hybrid technology and Toyota needs BMW because they haven't built an exciting car to drive since the Supra in the late 90's.
      Donovan Hsieh
      • 11 Months Ago
      Having own both BMW now and Toyota in the past, I would love to see Toyota build quality + BMW high performance in a new sport car package, be it in next new Supra or new BMW line-up. This will be the best of both brands imho.
        sfblog
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Donovan Hsieh
        Point dexter.. are you claiming the LFA is the crappiest sports car for $300k because you focus on 0-60 and 1/4 mile times? Last I checked its a track star posting amazing lap times on probably the thoughest track in the world. Top 5 when it accomplished it. I can bring you $6k cars built in driveways that can beat near anything in the 1/4 mile so that's not a great measure to claim it as a crappy sports car.
        AE86
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Donovan Hsieh
        The LFA is more high performance then anything BMW ever made. So they both have performance btu toyota ups BMW in have better build quality over the years
          Pdexter
          • 11 Months Ago
          @AE86
          LFA costs over 300 000 dollars, most expensive BMW costs around 140 000(760Li). You get hell of a lot of quality and much better interior on any BMW above 50 000 dollars than on LFA. Not to talk about LFA being possibly the crappiest sports car you can ever buy for a 300 000 dollar as far as performance goes. In essence they have expensive way of making carbon fiber, while BMW is on the leading edge of bringing its price down with cars like i3.
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