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BMW and Toyota to Develop the Upcoming Z3 - Update

Our favorite insider, Scott26, the man that brought us a lot of new info regarding BMW’s future plans is back, this time talking about the much anticipated collaboration of the German company with Toyota.
BMW Z5 Rendering 1 photo
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There have been numerous rumors going on the internet lately about what offspring this collaboration will bring and according to him, they were pretty close.

The two companies will develop 2 different cars at first, a roadster for BMW to replace the Z4 and a Coupe for Toyota, to take over where the last Supra left off. Later on, there will be 2 more models added to their line-ups, in the opposite configurations (a Coupe for BMW and Roadster for Toyota).

However, the main thing to remember here is that the two will have completely different designs, characters and chassis. The drivetrain layout will be similar (front engine, RWD) but other than that similarities will be scarce.

The engines will be provided by BMW but the hybrid versions (yes, there will be hybrids too) will be using Toyota technology combined with eDrive innovations.

The focus from BMW’s part will be on lightweight construction. Listening to what everyone has been complaining about lately (mainly the ever increasing weight of their cars) and looking to bring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to never before seen levels, the Munich-based company wants to use carbon fibre everywhere.

The new Z3 will be using G11 7 Series technology and incorporate CFRP. It will be as light as possible, moving to a soft-top option, with a CFRP tub and chassis continuing to the suspension arms that will also be made of the lightweight, resistant material.

The best thing about the new car though is that it will offer an unbelievably high level of performance, at half the price of other such cars. That’s because of the innovations BMW put into the manufacturing of CFRP and the investments it already made in order to make it affordable.

The timeframe will be perfect for the company, as the Z3 will probably be launched in around 2 years, leaving plenty of room for the M3 and M4 to make a name for themselves, as they both incorporate similar weight-saving measures but not to that extent.

Via: F30post.com
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