Now, what BMW is bringing to the table is their engines as well as the lightweight materials from the BMW i brand. They are trying to make this car very, very light. Toyota is expected to contribute compact next generation plug-in hybrid technology. The Toyota version is expected to use the BMW engine but have its own styling. The new Supra will be a bargain badged Z4? Not exactly what Toyota fans have had in mind.
Regardless, here is what you can expect, “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. For the new Z4 and its Toyota cousin, the potential for an engine no bigger than a 2.0 liter is very high. Add the new Toyota hybrid unit to that 2.0 liter and you have a potent powertrain with superb mileage and clean emissions.”
The new Z4 is expected to be a lightweight plug-in hybrid using Toyota hybrid technology with BMW i lightweight chassis parts sporting a 2.0 liter motor. Yes, this does sound pretty damn lame but it is the future whether BimmerBoost likes it or not.
It is somewhat amusing that this car will have a larger gasoline motor than the BMW i8 hybrid sports car that is more than twice the price.