If the Toyota-BMW joint sports-car project ever results in a new vehicle, chances are that it will cost more than the base $54,995 C7 Corvette, according to a recent story from Car and Driver. According to the report, the car will be in the mid-size sports car segment, like the Corvette and Porsche 911.
The Toyota-BMW joint partnership will likely result in two different cars coming to the market much like Toyota/Subaru partnership brought both the Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS. Looking at the segment, this car will most likely be turbocharged and produce more than 400 HP. Rear-wheel drive is all but assured.
It is also likely the BMW versions will be more upscale and could be a direct replacement of the Z4. There is also the thought that BMW will use its newfound carbon-fiber expertise to build a more powerful version.
Toyota may simply offer a more basic sports car and may even call it a Supra, which battled the Corvette in the 1990’s. This would give them an interesting portfolio with the entry-level Scion FRS and the premium Lexus RC-F providing both the low-end and top-end of the spectrum. A middle option would be ideal from a product lineup standpoint.