Could the new Supra be based on the BMW 8-series? / Officially unveiled on page 2

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FT1freddy

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... and not a Roadster? A BMW spokesperson just confirmed that they are in talks with Toyota about a roadster.

BMW Confirms Talks with Toyota on Roadster, Dismisses Rumors About Axing Mini's Range

As it turns out, recent reports surrounding the death of Mini's Paceman, Coupe and Roadster models appear to have been greatly exaggerated, but on the other hand, the rumors about BMW looking to work together with Toyota on the development of a common platform for roadster models do hold true.

The news comes via BMW sales chief Ian Robertson, who first dismissed the reports about Mini axing its range, stating, "I have no idea where that has come from".

In fact, Peter Schwarzenbauer, the board member responsible for the MINI brand, said the BMW Group's new modular platform for front-wheel drive car could actually lead to the development and production of an even wider range of models for the British automaker.

"There are discussions going on at the moment because the new architecture provides more possibilities," said Schwarzenbauer. "There are a lot of ideas and we are considering how we can have a larger spread."

In regards to roadster models, Robertson said that a business case for two-seater, open top cars for BMW and MINI is becoming "increasingly difficult to make in terms of sales volumes", though, he admitted that, the German automaker is looking into other options, such as sharing development costs with Toyota.

"There are only three markets in the world where you can sell roadsters in any great numbers, Germany, the UK and the United States," explained Robertson. "They don't want them in Asia or Africa or South America and this segment has been under pressure for the past five years."

"We're talking to Toyota - can we have a platform that sits nicely under a roadster? It's possible," he said, adding that BMW and Toyota have been working well together in other areas, such as sharing diesel engines, developing new units, and researching fuel cell vehicles and battery technology.

"It's a good marriage with both parties so strong and we're moving the programme forward," he said.

Robertson did not elaborate on whether the roadster model concerns the Z4, as some reports claim, or a different series in terms of size and cost.

 

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The bmw/toyota joint development is supposed to be for a mid sized sports coupe so i think this bit if news is talking about an entirely diff thing.
 

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I dont think this means anything. It doesnt say the roadster is the toyota car, actually I think the speculation that it will be the Z4 is what's going on here.
 

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The bmw/toyota joint development is supposed to be for a mid sized sports coupe.
That's just a general term to describe the general size and sporty intention of the models that will likely be built off this codeveloped platform. Rumor all along is that this will spawn the BMW Z4 or Z5 so there's likely to be both a sports coupe [supra] and roadster [z4/z5] built from this.
 

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Saw this and did a double take. Anyone else see this being the actual/potential "co-developed" vehicle? Would make sense assuming the Supra is a 2+2, as it should be (assuming it stays true lineage). Z4 has always been a 2 seater and the 6 series is a 2+2. IMHO, it makes ALLOT of sense. But heck we are all speculating at this point :)

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Here's to 2017 NAIAS hosting the Supra debut :beer:

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I'd imagine that It will be pretty expensive. :hmm:
 
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I don't think so because the 6er is a pretty big car.

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Length: 189.8 in
Width: 73.0
Height: 54.1 in

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Length: 192.7 in
Width: 74.6 in
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All of the original press releases and rumors and leaks and whatnot talked about a "modular platform."

So sure these could share some semblance of a platform, one being bigger than the other.

But IMO when both the new Supra and Z5 are being tested coming out of the same facility at the same time, seems like it's clear that they have the most in common.
 
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All of the original press releases and rumors and leaks and whatnot talked about a "modular platform."

So sure these could share some semblance of a platform, one being bigger than the other.

But IMO when both the new Supra and Z5 are being tested coming out of the same facility at the same time, seems like it's clear that they have the most in common.
The modular platform that the 6 series is built on (dubbed "CLAR") is supposed to be for the 3 Series and bigger models. Besides the CLAR, the only other platform that I know BMW to be using going forward is the UKL platform (FWD and AWD only), which is for the 1 Series, 2 Series and MINI cars. The Z5 and Supra are supposed to be on their own joint BMW-Toyota platform, and should have nothing to do with a 6 Series.
 

 
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