A report in Austrian newspaper Klein Zeitung claims the new Toyota sports car will be built alongside the replacement for the BMW Z4 at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.
This according to a newspaper based in Graz, where contract manufacturer Magna Steyr is also based.
BMW and Toyota have reportedly been working on a joint sports car program for a while. Toyota's version is expected to revive the Supra name and spirit, while BMW's is to replace the aging Z4 roadster and will likely wear a Z5 badge. We can expect both to feature six cylinders mounted up front, driving the rear wheels through a proper manual transmission. Now Kleine Zeitung reports that both versions will be built on their behalf by Magna Steyr, and that they'll launch in 2018.
The German-Japanese(Germanese??) sports car is expected to share drivetrains, which will likely be BMW-developed turbocharged units alongside a Toyota designed petrol-electic hybrid system. Tada hinted that the new sports car would feature ground-breaking new hybrid technology, unlike anything in Toyota's current range.
This would mark the first time that Magna Steyr would build a car for an Asian manufacturer, after a previous contract with Infiniti fell through. It wouldn't be the first time the two have collaborated, though: the Kleine Zeitung report indicates that the FT86 Open concept was built by the Austrian workshop, which has expertise in crafting convertibles as well.
Steyr has done the roof assemblies for the Mercedes SLK and Opel Astra TwinTop, as well as complete production of the Porsche Boxster and Saab 9-3 Convertible, to name just a few. Expect BMW's version to offer some sort of folding roof mechanism, but it's too early to speculate on the prospect of a convertible Supra.