Slap a Toyota Badge on There and Call it a Done Deal...Why Not?

Slap a Toyota Badge on There and Call it a Done Deal...Why Not?

The ultra-expensive, insanely fast Lexus LFA is a gas gulper and that's not okay with Toyota.

BMW i8

BMW i8

What Toyota is seeking now is a fuel-sipping hybrid supercar and it'll turn to BMW for some assistance in getting the job done.

Apparently, Toyota sees the new crop of supercars (plug-in hybrids like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and so on) as being far more fuel-efficient and emissions-conscious than its now-outdated Lexus LFA and, as such, will develop a hybrid supercar of its own.

Sort of...But with lots of assistance from BMW.

Toyota has the hybrid technology, but it doesn't have the ultra fuel-efficient, high-power engines that BMW does.  Therefore, Toyota will develop a vehicle that makes use of its own hybrid tech, but BMW's engine expertise.

This future model, likely to bear the Lexus badge, will borrow heavily from the BMW i8.  There's talk that the Lexus model will even make use of the carbon fiber structure found exclusively within the i8.

At this stage, it's too early to say whether or not all of these reports will turn out to be true, so we'll highlight what we know to be fact:

Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA

  • BMW will co-develop a hybrid or plug-in hybrid flagship with Toyota/Lexus.
  • The hybrid/plug-in hybrid supercar will be priced way above the i8.
  • Performance will be on par with the McLaren P1/Porsche Spyder 918.
Confirming Toyota's interest in the BMW i8 is an actual sighting of the i8 at Toyota's proving grounds in Japan.  Toyota is reportedly testing the i8's emissions and the durability of its carbon-fiber frame.

Source: Motoring