BMW & Toyota have finalized an agreement to develop a joint platform for sportscars, according to Reuters:
“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,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today quoted [BMW’s development chief Herbert] Diess as saying.
Frankfurter Allgemeine said that Diess declined to provide details on the models that would result from the cooperation.
At this point, there’s only speculation as to what may come out of this partnership — there have been rumors that BMW would assist in developing a next-generation Lexus supercar, but recent reports suggest that it may be the new Toyota Supra.
(Personally, I think there’s more upside to a joint BMW/Toyota vehicle than a joint BMW/Lexus vehicle — of course, only time will tell.)